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Monday, December 27, 2010

Manga Monday: Rurouni Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin, Vol. 1 (VIZBIG Edition)Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki

Genre: Action, Adventure, History, Slight Romance, "Shounen".

A hundred and fifty years ago in Kyoto, amid the flames of revolution, there arose a warrior, an assassin of such ferocious power he was given the title Hitokiri: Manslayer. With his bloodstained blade, Hitokiri Battosai helped close the turbulent Bakumatsu period and end the reign of the shoguns, slashing open the way toward the progressive Meiji Era.  Then he vanished, and with the flow of years became legend.

In the 11th year of Meiji, in the middle of Tokyo, the tale begins. Himura Kenshin, a humble rurouni, or wandering swordsman, comes to the aid of Kamiya Kaoru, a young woman struggling to defend her father's school of swordsmanship against attacks by the infamous Hitokiri Battosai. But neither Kenshin nor Battosai are quite what they seem....
Rurouni Kenshin is one of those quintessential mangas set in the Meiji Era starring a samurai. An assassin turned wandered trying to atone for this sins. I would definitely recommend watching the anime since the fight scenes would be more impressive. The coloring is a little off for me, but the details and the oomph factor in the anime makes up for it. Sometimes it gets a bit annoying, but once you get past it, Rurouni Kenshin is one of the best anime/manga of its genre.

1 comment:

  1. This is the 1st manga I read in my whole life as my cousin was crazy about it and had all the books in his home.
    In France you can be a true "manga addict" if you had never read "Kenshin le vagabond". But I never saw the anime.