Trivia / Rurouni Kenshin

  • Actor Allusion:
  • Anachronism Stew: The series is actually so true to history that it can only really be nitpicked in a Trivia section.
    • In most cases, it could be chalked up to the Rule of Cool (ex. Yukishiro Enishi's battle outfit, which no one at the time could have conceivably worn or made, as well as Inui Banjin's fatigues).
    • Takeda Kanryu, the wealthy leader of an opium racket, wears a modern lounge suit with a modern tie that could have conceivably existed in the 1870s, but wouldn't be common in that form for another 70 years. At the time, bowties were still in fashion and suits tended to have more layers. Understandably, the 2012 film drops it and gives him a period-appropriate suit and bowtie.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: For fans who read fan fiction, it's an accepted phenomenon that Kaoru's favorite scent is Jasmine (and to a lesser extent, Kenshin is often associated with sandalwood, or something), even though the only character in the ENTIRE series to have a scent associated with them was Tomoe and her plum blossoms.
  • Casting Gag: Before it was an anime, Rurouni Kenshin was adapted as a series of drama CDs, with a different cast. The actress who played Kaoru in the dramas was later cast in the anime as Kaoru's Expy, Misao.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: A frequent victim of this, even in media that focus on anime and manga. Kenshin is not and was never a samurai, as that was a distinct social class one had to be born into. One of the English dubs even gets it wrong with the title itself. A similar problem exists for attribution of the theme "Sobakasu", as "Judy and Mary" was the name of the band, not anybody in it. (The singer is Yuki Isoya, who goes by "YUKI" in all-caps).
  • Creator Backlash: Watsuki has expressed regret at creating Raijuta. He's often cited as saying that Raijuta is his least favorite character.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices:
    • Twice for Kenshin in the Japanese original. Megumi Ogata voiced him in the drama CD, while Mayo Suzukaze, a Takarazuka actress, went to voice him in the anime.
    • Yahiko is voiced by Mina Tominaga in the Japanese original. In the dubs, it's case by case.
    • Soujirou Seta is Noriko Hidaka in the original.
    • Curiously averted in the Colombian Spanish dub, as all the characters are voiced by people of their respective genders, including kids.
  • Executive Meddling: In his original conception, Kenshin was supposed to be ''at least'' 30. But Nobuhiro Watsuki was told that "30 was too old for a primary protagonist in Shonen Jump." So, Watsuki dropped Kenshin's age to 28. (Thus keeping the concept of a more seasoned protagonist than the typical of the Shounen genre, but also making Kenshin young enough to be "acceptable".) Lampshaded in series, when Kaoru tells Kenshin he "can't possibly be 28". Kenshin asks "Would 30 make you happier?" Kaoru replies that it would not.
  • Lying Creator: Watsuki has admitted (in the sidebars titled "Watsuki is a Liar"), among other things, that "rurouni" is a word he made up.
  • No Dub for You: The Latin American Netflix feed does not include the controversial Colombian Spanish dub, partly due to the quality of that dub and partly because the last episode was never dubbed.
  • One-Hit Wonder: The third opening song, "Kimi ni Fureru Dake de", by Curio.
  • The Other Darrin: Richard Cansino, the voice of Kenshin in the TV series, never got to reprise his role in any of the movies and OV As. Instead, J. Shannon Weaver plays Kenshin instead. No one knows why.
    • The Drama CD cast got replaced once the anime started to be in production.
  • Playing Against Type: Shishio Makoto is voiced by Masanori Ikeda, an ex-Idol Singer from The '80s. This is his most popular hit, "Night of Summer Side". Compare Ikeda's singing to Shishio's voice now. Huh.
  • Portmanteau Series Nickname: "RuroKen".
  • Role Ending Misdemeanor: Or at least a variant of it, involving associated musicians. L'arc-en-Ciel's "Fourth Avenue Cafe" was used as the fourth ending song for four episodes, but when the band's former drummer got busted for drugs, the resulting controversy caused the producers to pull the song and switch back to the third ending for another seven episodes.
  • What Could Have Been: The author originally intended for Usui to be a Terminator-style manhunter, pursuing Kenshin relentlessly through darkened city streets. Instead, we got the above.
    • Henya was originally going to be introduced as a villainous character during the Kanryu arc; also, he was originally going to be in an aerial battle with Kenshin, but Watsuki changed this because he felt Kenshin would have been too strong an opponent.
    • According to Watsuki, Raijuta was originally supposed to be as imposing as he looked, but Villain Decay gradually set in.
    • Senkaku (Shishio's henchman and villain of the Shingetsu village mini arc) originally was going to be a member of the Juppongatana, and a speechless, beast-like brute.
    • The manga was originally going to be much shorter than it turned out to be, revolving around the Jinchuu arc.
    • It was originally going to be revealed that Hannya had been stepped on in the womb like the The Elephant Man, explaining his featureless death-mask of a face. Watsuki realized the Unfortunate Implications of that idea, and altered the backstory to Hannya having intentionally mutilated his face so that he could easily disguise himself as just about anything.
    • There was a pilot chapter in which Megumi (a rather weak-willed woman barely holding the family together), Kaoru (a tomboy Tsundere serving as the acting dojo-master), and Yahiko (a brat of a kid who feels like he has to be the man of the family since his father died) are siblings.
    • There's also a proto-story of Kenshin meeting Damsel in Distress Chizuru, who gifts him a ribbon to tie his hair back up when he loses his original ponytail tie in a fight. Chizuru lives on in cameo form at the end of the controversial second OVA, as the girlfriend of Kenshin and Kaoru's son Kenji.
    • Watsuki mentioned in his notes his concept for a fourth arc of the story which would revolve around Kenji competing against Yahiko and Tsubame's son to inherit the reverse blade. Interestingly, Kenji Himura would most likely been the antagonist of the arc, from what Watsuki had stated about his concept. That, plus the fact that the story would have been set in the beginning of Japan's move towards nationalism and militarization makes one wonder what the story would have looked like...
    • Originally, Fuji was going to actually take on Okina in battle. However, the author thought that a battle of old codgers wouldn't have been interesting.
    • Kanyru Takeda was going to be homosexual like his historical counterpart, but the author decided that would "unnecessarily complicate things."
  • Word of God: Watsuki himself has said that the series ended the way it did specifically because it was a shonen series.

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