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Light of the Snow Red Village is a Rurouni Kenshin Alternate Universe Fic written by Akai Kitsune.

In a twist of fate, Tomoe survives past the point where she originally died, and lives long enough to give birth to a little girl named Hikari. Shortly after Hikari's birth, Tomoe is killed in an act of treachery from Kenshin's superiors, and Kenshin takes to wandering with his child: the light of his life.


Light of the Snow Red Village contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Dad: Kenshin.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Although he's very similar to how he was in canon, there are a few subtle differences between this Kenshin and manga!Kenshin. While he still has something of a goofy side, he no longer feigns foolishness, because he wants his daughter to respect him. And ironically, having a daughter has made him more confrontational, rather than less.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: For all her maturity and experience, Hikari still enjoys piggyback rides from her dad.
  • Alliterative Name: Himura Hikari.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: The fic eventually reaches the manga storyline, with the addition of Kenshin and Tomoe's daughter Hikari.
  • Animal Motifs: Tomoe is associated with the swan.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Kenshin's on the receiving end of one of these, during an argument with Gatsu over Hikari learning to swordfight.
    Gatsu: If you want her protected from the life of a swordsman, then why are you still carrying a sword?
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  • Badass and Child Duo: Although they are father and daughter, Kenshin and Hikari qualify.
  • Berserk Button: Hikari doesn't like it when people insult or badmouth her father, even inadvertently.
  • Cool Big Sis: Kaoru, to Hikari. Though she becomes more like a mother than a sister as the story goes on.
  • Daddy's Girl: Hikari is very close to her father, and outright called a daddy's girl by Yahiko later on. Considering he's the only constant in her life, this comes as no surprise
  • Dead Fic: Unfortunately looks this way, seeing as how it hasn't been updated since 2006
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: This is why Kenshin doesn't want Hikari to learn his style.
  • Friend to All Children: Kenshin has a big soft spot for kids in general, not just his own daughter.
  • Good Parents: He makes some mistakes and has to learn certain things when it comes to parenting, but Kenshin is nevertheless an excellent father to Hikari.
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  • Innocent Innuendo: The day after Kenshin arrives at the Kamiya Dojo, he remarks that Kaoru's had a long night. This causes Gensai to raise an eyebrow, prompting Kenshin to say he didn't mean it like that.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Even though she lives another four years, Tomoe nevertheless dies under very similar circumstances to her canon death.
  • Little Miss Badass: Hikari grows into one as her skills develop.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Hikari, to Kenshin.
  • Meaningful Name: Hikari means "light," and she is the light of Kenshin's life.
  • Metaphorically True: Kenshin's initial explanation to Hikari as to why she doesn't have a mother is technically accurate, if you understand the euphemisms he uses.
  • Missing Mom: Tomoe dies when Hikari is just a baby.
  • Not So Different: Kenshin makes Sanosuke less hostile towards him by explaining that he also lost somebody he loved to government treachery.
  • Papa Wolf: Messing with Hikari is a surefire way to get your ass kicked by Kenshin.
  • Parental Substitute: As time goes on, Kaoru becomes more of a mother figure to Hikari.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Invoked. Katsura believes those trying to kill Kenshin under the belief he'll turn on the Meiji Government might provoke him into doing exactly that.
  • Shout-Out: At the beginning of Part III, Kenshin and Hikari arrive at an inn. The innkeeper's husband is named Gatsu.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Aoshi's subordinates don't get gunned down, unlike in canon
  • That Man Is Dead: Kenshin tells his daughter that Battousai is "gone forever."
  • Underestimating Badassery: The Ishin Shishi elements who ordered Kenshin's death do this by assuming three skilled samurai will be enough to do the job. Kenshin proves them wrong.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Hikari. Not many children are so concerned about their father's emotional state.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Elements of the Ishin Shishi decide to kill Kenshin because they think there's no point in keeping him alive anymore. Their attempt to assassinate him ends up killing Tomoe.


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