Samurai X

Cartoon Network (ended 2003)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 6 : Ep 2

    Rurouni Kenshin the Motion Picture: Samurai X


  • S 6 : Ep 1

    Rurouni Kenshin Motion Picture: Requiem for Patriots

    Aired 12/20/97

  • S 5 : Ep 2

    Reflections OAV: Act 2 - End

    Aired 12/3/01

  • S 5 : Ep 1

    Reflections OAV: Act 1 - Beginnings

    Aired 12/3/01

  • S 4 : Ep 4

    Trust and Betrayal OAV: Act 4 - The Cross-Shaped Wound

    Aired 1/1/99

  • Cast & Crew
  • Wendee Lee

    Yumi Komagata

  • Steven Jay Blum

    Shishio Makoto

  • Kirk Thornton

    Hajime Saito

  • Steve Kramer

    Dr. Gensai

  • Lex Lang

    Sanosuke Sagara

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  • show Description
  • "140 years ago in Kyoto,with the coming of the 'Black Ships', there arose a warrior called Hitokiri Battousai. Felling men with his blood stained blade, he closed the turbulent Bakumatsu era and slashed open the age known as Meiji. Then he vanished, and with the flow of years, became a legend. In the 11th year of Meiji, in the middle of Tokyo this tale begins..."Rurouni Kenshin (the OAVs and Movie are known as Samurai X) tells the story of a wanderer named Kenshin, who used to be called Hitokiri Battousai (Hitokiri means Assassin) during the Japanese civil war, and is now trying to make up for his past and all his murders by helping those in trouble with his reverse-blade sword and by using his powerful technique called Hiten-Mitsurugi Ryu to battle oppressors of freedom and justice, yet struggling with himself and his own murdering self. During the series Kenshin joins others in his quest: Kaoru Kamiya, a young orphan girl who became tutor of the Kamiya-Kashin Ryu Kendo; Sanosuke Sagara, a mercenary who used to bear the name Zanza and fights just with his incredibly powerful fists; Yahiko Myojin, a young boy who was rescued by Kenshin from mafia and now a pupil on Kaoru's dojo; and Megumi Takani, a female doctor who was rescued by Kenshin from a band which forced her to make a lethal drug. Together they all fight those who oppress the weak while they seek their destiny as well happiness and redemption.The series is based on a homonymous manga created by Nobuhiro Watsuki, which was first published in 1994. The anime adapts the manga until a cycle called Legend of Kyoto, later featuring new story arcs which were not featured in the manga.moreless

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  • Quotes (417)

    • Kenshin: A sword is a weapon, the art of swordsmanship is learning how to kill, that is the truth. What Miss Kaoru says is sweet and innocent talk that only those whose hands have never been stained with the blood of men can believe. But to tell you the truth, I much prefer Miss Kaoru's sweet and innocent talk over the truth, indeed I do! I hope that someday her words will become the truth that all of us can live by.

    • Kaoru: How does a penni-less wanderer like you know anything? Don't you dare talk about my father!

    • Kenshin: Oh yes, by the way. The technique of Battousai the Manslayer is neither Kamiya Kasshin nor whatever your style is. He uses Hiten Mitsurgi ultrasonic sword techniques that will not fail to slay an opponent, unless of course you use a sword like mine that is.

    • Kenshin: I have to admit, I'm a bit tired of wandering. Although you'll never know when I'll have to hit the road again.

    • Kenshin: A sword is a weapon. The art of swordsmanship is learning how to kill. That is the truth. What Miss Kaoru says is sweet and innocent talk that only those whose hands have never been stained with the blood of men can believe. But to tell you the truth, I much prefer Miss Kaoru's sweet and innocent talk over the truth, yes, indeed I do.

    • Kenshin: You do not like the taste. Kaoru: I just don't like it when people cook better than me.

    • Kenshin: No, Miss Karou! Suicide is not the answer!

    • Yahiko: Wait a second, you're not telling me that you want me to take lessons from this ugly girl? Kaoru: Kenshin, are you saying I am supposed to be his instructor? Kenshin: Uh-huh.

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    Notes (300)

    • Original Air Date: January 10th 1996

    • Gohei was a student at Kamiya Dojo until being expelled by Kaoru's father, who broke Gohei's right thumb, temporarily preventing him from using a sword. Kenshin made it permanent by hitting four left fingers of Gohei. Later on, Gohei will return trying to kill Kenshin because of it.

    • The anime changed one specific aspect of Kenshin. He pretty much says 'that I am' or something similar at the end of his sentences. But, originally in the manga, Kenshin never uses the pronouns "I" or "me;" he refers to himself as "this one." Only when he's in "battousai" mode is when he says "I" or "me" in the manga while he doesn't use "that I am" in the anime.

    • Ayame and Suzume are not in the manga, they are original characters created for the show. Dr. Gensai does not appear until much later in the story and is little more than a background character.

    • In the original manga, Kaoru's caretaker is not Dr. Gensai, but Kihei Hiruma, the older brother of Gohei Hiruma. Having Gohei call himself Battousai and kill in the name of the Kamiya Kasshin school was an elaborate plot to force Kaoru to sell her land to Kihei.

    • Kaoru Kamiya's style of swordsmanship, the "Kasshin" style, would literally mean "Revitalized Heart."

    • The style which Kenshin uses, the "Hiten Mitsurugi" would literally mean "Heaven Flight Holy Sword" if it were to be translated.

    • Despite the alternate titles this series has been given ("Wandering Samurai" and "Samurai X"), it should be noted that Kenshin was never a samurai, as he was not born of samurai blood. He calls himself a "rurouni", which is a term the creator made up from "rurou" or to wander, and "ronin", a masterless samurai.

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    Trivia (44)

    • Before Kaoru gets saved by Kenshin, the cut given to her by Battousai on her right arm was bleeding, but now after Kenshin does save her, it is not.

    • In the Akabeko there is a leprechaun dining in the backround. Leprechauns are Irish, not Japanese.

    • Jinei was never called the Battousai in this episode, rather he was known as a stray Manslayer.

    • Actually the term "Manslayer" was not cartoon network's idea but Anime Works.

    • Jin-e is not a "battosai", but a hitokiri, which means assassin in Japanese, or as Cartoon Network puts it, "man slayer". Battosai is the nickname given to Kenshin because he has mastered all aspects of the battoujutsu techniques, that of starting the sword in the sheath to increase the speed of the attack.

    • The bandages covering Kaoru's breasts disappear then reappear. This happens in the beginning around when Kanryu was trying to bribe Kenshin to work for him.

    • After Aoshi used his Kaiten-kenbu technique on Kenshin, the slash marks on Kenshin's chest were bleeding. After the battle is over, and Kaoru, Yahiko, and Sanosuke approach Kenshin, the slash marks weren't bleeding anymore.

    • The injuries Yahiko sustained during the fight, disappeared a few hours later when he began training.

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    Allusions (6)

    • Himura Kenshin: Character Origin
      Historically speaking, Himura Kenshin as a character is based on a real hitokiri named Kawakami Gensai, said to be one of the greatest hitokiris of the era. Little is known of the real man aside from his work as an assassin. He was said to be cunning, dangerous, emotionless. Also known is how he died; after the Meiji era had begun, the government did not like that his political views, and so he was brought up on false charges. He was convicted and executed in 1872.

    • Jinei Udoh was originally based on one of the four real hitokiris in the Bakumatsu era, named Okada Izô, although the author admits that Jinei ended up nothing like Izô.

    • Yahiko: What are you two doing?! There aren't any cicadas in the spring!!
      Kenshin and Sanosuke duck behind a building and start buzzing. They're pretending to be cicadas, which are insects that buzz around in the summer when they're shedding their shells. For more information, here's a japanese site about cicadas. (In English.)

    • Episode Title: Raijuta's Ambition
      The title of this episode is taken from a popular video game/board game known alternately as Shogun or Nobunaga's Ambition, as well as other titles. The game itself was a variation of the classic board game RISK, where players would bid to control the region. Nobunaga refers to Oda Nobunaga, a warlord of the late 1500's who activally sought to control Japan and for a short time, actually succeeded. He was assassinated and his minion, Toyotomi, took over, until Ieyasu Tokugawa completely unified Japan at the battle of Sekigahara in 1600.

    • Anji: Namu Amida Butsu
      "Namu Amida Butsu" is a Buddhist prayer chant.

    • This mysterious journey with perils and traps, and especially the boulders rolling down the cave after the Kenshin group, are obviously inspired by Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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  • Fan Reviews (121)
  • you cant call yourself an anime fan without watching this

    By saivaibhavg, Nov 18, 2013

  • Teenage Males Watch This

    By thequietvoice, Dec 22, 2012

  • It's an awesome show, and it teaches you how anyone can seek redemption so long as they stay strong and fight for what they believe in

    By JugrajD, Nov 13, 2012

  • Rurouni kenshin is a good anime. It has drama, action and a very good story.

    By Mauro_PB, May 10, 2009

  • One of the best anime out there...

    By nephayugi, Feb 21, 2009