Rurouni Kenshin manga vol 1-22 is a serie about a wandering swordsman who protects the people of Japan with a vow never to take another life.
Rurouni Kenshin is a top-notch manga series by author Nobuhiro Watsuki with many times ranked in the top ten in manga charts in Japan.
Himura Kenshin is a legendary swordsman unmatched in Japan’s Tokugawa period. After the Meiji Restoration was successful, Himura disappeared without a trace.
As time passed, that assassin’s story was considered a legend. Still, suddenly he appeared in Tokyo as a wanderer (Rurouni) with the signature cross scar on his cheek and a bladed sword. The unique reverse is worn on the side.
Throughout the story are thrilling battles to find the answer to your chosen idea. Through it, each character shows up with unique and outstanding personality traits.
Rurouni and historical facts
The author skillfully inserted the fictional battles, the context, and the authentic atmosphere of Japan at that time.
Ten years after the Meiji Restoration, peace was restored in the country of cherry blossoms. But the peace that accompanies it is the sacrificial law that has killed a whole class of people living by the sword, by chaos, the samurai.
In addition, more than 10 years of innovation are needed for people to trust the Meiji government. Like many other samurai, Himura Kenshin always struggled to find a solution for his own sword. Are strength and peace two extremes that can never coexist?
Rurouni kenshin and the people in the flow of fate
A highly unique point of author Nobuhiro Watsuki is how the character is built. In Rurouni Kenshin, no two characters are equally good, and no two are similarly evil. Each character has a unique aspect and personality, so when watching Rurouni Kenshin, you can see the whole Japanese society in miniature at that time.
It’s the young Yahiko with the brave and resilient will and Sanosuke who is outspoken and bold but always devoted to his friends. Megumi is cold and haughty, solid and delightfully capricious.
The Shinsengumi’s gray wolf, Hajime, with the cause of “Evil rage”. And there are also Aoshi and Misao with the secret team, Shishio Makoto with the top 10 swordsmen, and Enishi and the army of “Human howls”. The thread connects the main character, romantic Kenshin, who wants to eliminate their obsession with the past.
At the beginning of a new era, a border of black and white, right and wrong, the reality is still confused, and people are still struggling. Find yourself a way to live, to survive.
Kenshin’s statement could be true: “It’s right or wrong. Let history tell.” When there was no road ahead of us, all people in those days could do was follow. My own cause, what I believe is right, and what I need to protect. Kenshin’s statement will more or less remind otaku of a saying by Okita Souji in an equally famous manga, Kaze Hikaru: “True or false, let posterity judge”.
Each character has their own ideal. Is anything wrong with building a rich and powerful country, avenging relatives, destroying all the bad guys, and looking for a future for Japanese swordsmanship? Absolutely not.
Although it may come from personal reasons, the goal of those actions is to find a solution to find a new direction. From there, it can be seen that the angle reflecting the characters in Rurouni Kenshin is very human. Author Nobuhiro needs to build perfect characters.
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