List of Rurouni Kenshin chapters
The chapters of the Rurouni Kenshin were written and illustrated by Nobuhiro Watsuki. The first chapter of Rurouni Kenshin premiered in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump in 1994 and the series ran in the magazine until 1999. The story takes place during the early Meiji period in Japan and follows a fictional assassin named Himura Kenshin, formerly known as the "Hitokiri Battōsai (人斬り抜刀斎),[n 1] who becomes a wanderer to protect the people from Japan.
The 255 individual chapters known as "Acts", as well as a few one-shots authored by Watsuki were collected and published in 28 tankōbon volumes by Shueisha. The first volume was released on September 2, 1994 and the last on November 4, 1999. In July 2006, Shueisha re-released the series in a twenty-two kanzenban special edition volumes. A single chapter follow up to the series, Yahiko no Sakabatō (弥彦の逆刃刀, lit. "Yahiko's Reversed-Edge Sword"), was originally published in Weekly Shōnen Jump after the conclusion of the series. The chapter is focused on Myōjin Yahiko some time after the end of the series when he is requested to take care of a dojo for a short time. Left out of the original volumes, the chapter added as an extra to the final kanzenban release.
The first eighteen volumes were adapted into an anime produced by Studio Deen, and aired in Japan from January 10, 1996 to September 8, 1998. Additionally, several parts of the following volumes were adapted into two original video animations series.
Rurouni Kenshin was licensed for an English-language release in North America by Viz Media. The first volume of the series was released on October 7, 2003. The first volumes were published irregularly, but a monthly basis was established by Viz media after volume seven due to good sales and consumer demands. The last volume was published on July 5, 2006. Yahiko no Sakabatō was also serialized in Shonen Jump during 2006. In January 2008, Viz re-released the manga in a wide-ban format called "VIZBIG Edition", which is a collection of three volumes in one.
In December 2011, Shueisha announced Watsuki would be putting his current series, Embalming -The Another Tale of Frankenstein-, on hold to begin a "reboot" of Rurouni Kenshin, called Rurouni Kenshin Cinema-ban, as a tie-in to the live-action movie. The series began in the June 2012 issue of Jump SQ., which was released on May 2, 2012, and depicts the battles that are featured in the live-action film. Another special titled Rurouni Kenshin Chapter 0, was published in Weekly Shōnen Jump in August 2012. On May 7, 2012, it was announced in Viz Media's digital manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha that Rurouni Kenshin Cinema-ban will join its line-up, being retitled Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration and published monthly starting on May 21.
|No.||Title||Japanese release||English release|
|1||Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story|
Kenshin Himura Battōsai (剣心·緋村抜刀斎)
|September 2, 1994 |
|October 7, 2003|
|During the 11th year of Meiji (1878), a peaceful wanderer called Himura Kenshin, formerly known as the Hitokiri Battōsai, arrives in Tokyo, where he meets Kamiya Kaoru whose swordsmanship school is in danger as a murderer from the city claims to be from that school. After investigating, Kenshin defeats the murderer using his sakabatō sword, which has a reversed blade, making it almost impossible to kill someone. When Kenshin decides to leave Tokyo, Kaoru offers him a place to live in her dojo. During his stay in the dojo, Kenshin rescues an orphan called Myōjin Yahiko from a group of yakuza and takes him to live and train in the dojo. A few days later, a fight merchant named Sagara Sanosuke is hired to attack Kenshin. The volume ends with the second Rurouni Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story one-shot, which Watsuki calls a "side-story".|
|2||The Two Hitokiri|
Hitokiri Futari (人斬りふたり)
|December 2, 1994 |
|November 26, 2003|
|The fight between Kenshin and Sanosuke results in Sanosuke being defeated. Sanosuke realizes that Kenshin is different from the Ishin Shishi that destroyed his unit, the Sekihō Army. He becomes Kenshin's best friend and fighting partner. Soon both are hired to protect Tani Jūsanrō, an ex-Ishin Shishi, from a hitokiri called Udo Jin-e. Jin-e encounters Kenshin and after seeing how weak he is compared to the Bakumatsu period, he decides to kill him. The next day, Kaoru, worried about Kenshin, goes to talk with him but she is kidnapped by Jin-e. Furious, Kenshin defeats Jin-e, but Kaoru pleads with him not to become an assassin again and Jin-e commits suicide. A few days later, Sanosuke and Kenshin defeat a group of men working for an industrialist called Takeda Kanryū that were pursuing Takani Megumi, a woman who has been producing opium.|
|3||A Reason to Act|
Ugoku Wake (動く理由)
|February 2, 1995 |
|January 14, 2004|
|After defeating Takeda Kanryū's men, Kenshin and Sanosuke discover that Kanryu is protected by the last members of the Oniwabanshū group. Sanosuke is angry at Megumi for producing opium because a friend of his died from an opium overdose, but Kenshin decides to protect her. That night they are attacked by two members of the Oniwabanshū called Hyottoko and Beshimi. Sanosuke defeats Hyottoko, but Megumi is attacked by Beshimi. Yahiko tries to protect her but is hit by one of Beshmi's poison darts. It turns out Megumi is a doctor and she is able to save his life. She decides to leave the dojo rather than endanger anyone else, but Kenshin and Kaoru ask her to stay. Feeling guilty about the deaths she caused by producing opium, Megumi goes to Kanryū's mansion in order to kill him. She is taken prisoner and Kenshin and Yahiko decide to rescue her. Sanosuke is still angry at her but agrees to go along and they attack the mansion. The volume ends with the first one-shot of Rurouni Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story, which Watsuki calls the "pilot."|
Futatsu no Ketsumatsu (二つの結末)
|April 4, 1995 |
|April 14, 2004|
|When Kenshin, Sanosuke and Yahiko enter the mansion, they are challenged by Han'nya. Kenshin battles him while Sanosuke fights Shikijō. They defeat them and find their leader Shinomori Aoshi. Although Aoshi succeeds in wounding Kenshin, he is defeated by him. Kanryū then betrays Aoshi and attempts to kill him with a Gatling gun. Aoshi's men die protecting him from the bullets and Kenshin disables Kanryū. Kenshin's group then finds Megumi, who thanks them for trying to save her. She then attempts to stab herself, but is prevented by Sanosuke, who catches the blade with his bare hand. He tells her he forgives her for the death of his friend, and Kenshin convinces her that the only way to atone for the deaths she caused is by using her skill as a doctor to help others. Before leaving the mansion, they find Aoshi, shocked over his comrades' deaths, and Kenshin promises him another fight in the future in the hope that it will calm him.|
|5||The State of Meiji Swordsmanship|
Meiji Kenjutsu Moyō (明治剣術模様)
|June 2, 1995 |
|June 16, 2004|
|Yahiko begins working in the Akabeko restaurant and meets Sanjō Tsubame, who is forced to help her "master" Nagaoka Mikio steal from the restaurant. When Yahiko discovers this, he challenges the man and defeats him. Later, during a practice with another dojo, a man named Isurugi Raijūta attacks and almost kills the teacher of the dojo. Kenshin spars with him, and being impressed with his abilities, Raijūta asks Kenshin to join his group. Kenshin declines the offer. At this time, Kenshin and his friends meet Raijūta's student, Tsukayama Yutarō, and after discovering he was never taught swordsmanship they ask him to be a student of the Kamiya Kasshin-ryū.|
|August 4, 1995 |
|August 3, 2004|
|A few days after Yūtarō begins training in the Kamiya Kasshin Ryū, the dojo is attacked by Raijūta, who wants to kill Kenshin since he refused his offer. In the initial fight, Raijūta wounds Yūtarō, nearly severing his right arm. Seeing his indifference to his pupil's plight, Kenshin is angered and challenges him to another duel later. Although Kenshin's own right arm was injured in the previous fight, he defeats Raijūta, breaking the latter's will as a swordsman. In order to heal Yūtarō, his father decides to take him to Germany, where medicine is more advanced. Yūtarō is severely depressed about the injury to his arm, believing he can never learn swordsmanship now, but Yahiko attacks him and forces him to defend himself. He realizes he can still practice swordsmanship with his left arm and challenges Yahiko to a rematch in the future. Sanosuke discovers another survivor from the Sekihō Army, his old friend Katsuhiro, now an artist going under the name Tsukioka Tsunan. Tsunan is still haunted by the past and hatred of the Meiji government and wants to bomb the headquarters of the Meiji Government. Seeing that this would not be what their captain wanted, Sanosuke stops him with Kenshin's help. The volume ends with the debut one-shot of Watsuki titled Crescent Moon in the Warring States.|
|7||In the 11th Year of Meiji, May 14th|
Meiji Jūichinen Gogatsu Jūyonka (明治十一年五月十四日)
|October 4, 1995 |
|October 12, 2004|
|Saitō Hajime, a former Shinsengumi member, comes to the Kamiya Kasshin-ryū dojo posing as a medical herb peddlar. Everyone but Sanosuke is out, and Sano quickly realizes from the sword calluses on Saitō's hands that he is an imposter. Saitō attacks Sanosuke, leaving him as a calling card for Kenshin, along with clues to his true identity. Meanwhile, Megumi runs into Kenshin, Kaoru, and Yahiko and returns to the dojo with them, where they find Sanosuke in critical condition. While Megumi is able to save Sano's life, it is three days and nights before he wakes up. Saitō sends a challenge to Kenshin, who goes out to fight him and meets a man Saitō set up to occupy Kenshin while he goes to the dojo. Kenshin easily defeats Saitō's pawn and returns to the dojo, where he recognizes Saitō, who attacks him. Kenshin reverts to his hitokiri personality, but as he and Saitō are about to kill each other, they are interrupted by the ex-Ishin Shishi Ōkubo Toshimichi. Ōkubo wants Kenshin to go to Kyoto kill the hitokiri Shishio Makoto, a man who is planning the overthrow of the Meiji Government. One week later, Ōkubo is killed by a soldier of Shishio and Kenshin decides to go to Kyoto alone to avoid any further danger to his friends. He says goodbye to Kaoru and leaves without a word to the others.|
|8||On the East Sea Road|
Meiji Tōkaidōchū (明治東海道中)
|December 1, 1995 |
|November 9, 2004|
|Furious that Kenshin broke his promise not to go wandering again without letting him know, Sanosuke decides to go to Kyoto to confront him. Saitō finds Sano at Katsu's, where he went to borrow money for the trip, and says that he is an amateur who will only endanger Kenshin and that he should stay in Tokyo. They fight and Saitō easily overpowers Sanosuke, who is still weakened from his earlier injuries. Sano still insists on going to Kyoto and Saitō decides to let him go. Meanwhile, Megumi goes to see Kaoru, who is severely depressed at Kenshin's departure. She convinces Kaoru to go to Kyoto, giving her some medicine that Kenshin said was valuable for wounds, and Yahiko and Kaoru leave Tokyo. On his way to Kyoto, Kenshin meets an Oniwabanshū named Makimachi Misao, who is searching for Aoshi without knowing what happened in Tokyo to the Oniwabanshū. Kenshin allows Misao to accompany him, but avoids telling her what happened to Aoshi. While on their journey, Kenshin and Misao find a village that has been conquered by Shishio. They meet a boy from the village named Mishima Eiji whose family was slaughtered by Shishio's soldiers.|
|9||Arrival in Kyoto|
Kyōto Tōchaku (京都到着)
|February 2, 1996 |
|December 7, 2004|
|Saitō catches up with Kenshin and after learning Shishio is in the village, they go to confront him. After meeting Shishio, Kenshin is attacked by Shishio's soldier, Senkaku. Kenshin easily defeats Senkaku but Shishio departs for Kyoto leaving Ōkubo's murderer, Seta Sōjirō, to fight Kenshin. The fight ends in a tie with both of their swords broken and the village is freed. While traveling to Kyoto, Sanosuke meets a fallen monk, Yūkyūzan Anji, who teaches him the Futae no Kiwami, a powerful technique that can pulverize rock. Sanosuke never learns that Anji is a soldier from Shishio but after he leaves Sōjirō turns up to get Anji. Kenshin and Misao arrive at Kyoto and meet Misao's guardian, Oniwabanshū Okina. Okina helps Kenshin find Seikū Arai, son of the creator of Kenshin's sakabatō sword, Shakkū Arai. Kenshin wants him to make another reverse-blade sword, but he refuses because he hates violence.|
|10||Mitsurugi, Master and Student|
Mitsurugi no Shitei (御剣の師弟)
|April 4, 1996 |
|January 11, 2005|
|Shishio discovers Kenshin's location and sends Sawagejō Chō, one of the Juppongatana, to stop Kenshin from receiving a new sword. Chō loves swords and wants Shakkū's last sword for himself. When Seikū explains that his father's last sword was donated to a shrine, Chō kidnaps Seikū's son. Kenshin attempts to fight Chō without a sword, but he is soon overpowered. Seeing Kenshin willing to die to protect his son, Seikū runs into the shrine and gets his father's sword and tosses it to Kenshin. Chō threatens to kill Seikū's son and Kenshin strikes him with a killing blow from the sword. He then discovers that Shakkū's last sword was another sakabatō. Seikū gives Kenshin the sakabatō to keep, and Kenshin goes to his master, Hiko Seijūrō, to ask him to complete his training. Hiko does not think that Kenshin is going to be able to learn the final technique of the Hiten Mitsurugi style because of his history as a hitokiri. Meanwhile, Misao meets Yahiko and Kaoru and takes them to meet Kenshin.|
|11||Overture to Destruction|
Hōkai no Jokyoku (崩壊の序曲)
|June 4, 1996 |
|February 2, 2005|
|Kaoru and Yahiko catch up with Kenshin at Hiko's home and he sends Kenshin out and questions them about his apprentice's life since he saw him last. They tell him about Kenshin's vow not to kill and his struggles to redeem himself and atone for all the lives he has taken. Hiko decides to teach Kenshin the final technique after all and Kaoru, Yahiko, and Misao return to the Aoi-Ya to wait for him. While on the way back, Kaoru and Yahiko are surprised and alarmed to discover that Misao is a member of the Oniwabanshū. Misao in her turn is upset to discover that all her friends are dead and Aoshi has had some kind of breakdown. Meanwhile, Shishio meets Aoshi and offers him the opportunity to join forces. Aoshi is not interested in joining anyone, but he is willing to work with Shishio, since he wants to kill Kenshin. Knowing that the Oniwabanshū are sheltering Kenshin and his friends, Aoshi arranges a meeting with Okina. Okina is shocked that Aoshi has turned on the Oniwabanshū and they get into a fight. Aoshi leaves Okina badly injured and tells Misao he never wants to see her again. Misao takes over Aoshi's position as leader of the Oniwabanshū. Saitō arrives in Kyoto and finds Sanosuke in prison-he got himself arrested in order to find Saitō. Together they question Chō, who was turned over to the police by Kenshin, on what Shishio's plans are. Chō reveals that Shishio plans to conquer Japan by starting a fire in Kyoto and burning the city down. He also warns them of the power of the Juppongatana.|
|12||The Great Kyoto Fire|
Kyōto Taika (京都大火)
|September 4, 1996 |
|March 1, 2005|
|Kenshin trains with Hiko, but finds himself unable to master the final technique. Hiko gives Kenshin one night to prepare, warning him that if he cannot find what is missing in himself, it will be his final duty as Kenshin's master to end his life. The next day, Hiko attacks Kenshin and in the process, Kenshin learns the Amakakeru Ryū no Hirameki. He also discovers that the passing of this final technique usually costs the life of the master, but due to the reverse-blade sword, Hiko is only wounded and makes a full recovery. Kenshin then returns to Kyoto, where he meets Saitō and Sanosuke. Learning that Shishio plans to burn Kyoto, Kenshin realizes that the fire is just a distraction. Shishio's real objective is to escape from Kyoto in his battleship, Rengoku, in order to attack the Meiji government. While Kenshin, Saitō and Sanosuke head out to stop Shishio, the Oniwabanshū issue warnings all over Kyoto about the plan to burn the city. Although Sadojima Hōji dismisses Sanosuke as a street thug of no importance, Sano is the one who destroys the Rengoku with bombs supplied by Tsunan. Shishio then realizes he must defeat Kenshin, Saitō and Sanosuke before he can attempt to take over Japan, and challenges them to a fight on Mount Hiei.|
|13||A Beautiful Night|
Migoto na Yoru (見事な夜)
|December 2, 1996 |
|April 5, 2005|
|While Saitō makes the arrangements for the fight against Shishio, Kenshin and Sanosuke return to the Aoi-Ya, where they find Kaoru and Yahiko. Okina wants Kenshin to end Aoshi's life, but Kenshin believes there is still a chance to save him and promises Misao that he will bring him back. The next morning, Saitō picks up Kenshin and Sanosuke and they leave for Shishio's base. Unknown to them, Hōji has sent most of the Juppongatana to attack the Aoi-Ya to prevent any further interference from the Oniwabanshū. Guided by Shishio's lover, Komagata Yumi, Kenshin and his friends find the first Juppongatana, the fallen monk Anji. Sanosuke is shocked to find Anji there and volunteers to fight him to learn if he is really evil. During the course of a brutal fight, Anji tells Sano his history and why he joined Shishio. He wants to save the world, but Sanosuke convinces him that his wish to destroy is not the way to achieve his goal. Although Sano is injured, he defeats Anji, who then warns them that the Aoi-Ya is under attack. Kenshin had asked Hiko to go there to protect Kaoru and the others, and he decides to trust his master to defend the Aoi-Ya. Kenshin then asks Yumi to guide them to the next fighter.|
|14||The Time is Now|
Yakusoku no Toki wa Ima (約束の時は今)
|March 4, 1997 |
|May 14, 2005|
|Kenshin and Sanosuke proceed through the maze with Yumi, leaving Saitō to fight "Blind Sword" Uonuma Usui, a formidable swordsman who lost his sight in a duel against Shishio. Although Usui claims that he wants to kill Shishio, Saitō realizes that he is actually afraid of facing Shishio again. His knowledge of Usui's real motive, the desire to save his pride, allows Saitō to overpower and kill him. Meanwhile, Kenshin finds Aoshi and remembers his promise to Misao to bring him back. He knows the only way to keep that promise is to fight Aoshi, and he challenges him. Kenshin defeats Aoshi using the Amakakeru Ryū no Hirameki, and Aoshi finally realizes that his deceased friends of the Oniwabanshū would not want him to have such a sad life.|
|15||The Great Man vs. The Giant|
Kyojin tai Chōjin (巨人対超人)
|May 1, 1997 |
|June 3, 2005|
|The Aoi-Ya is attacked by the Juppongatana. While Yahiko fights Kariwa Henya, Misao and Kaoru confront Honjō Kamatari, leaving the remaining Oniwabanshu to fight Iwanbō. Iwanbō escapes after the other Juppongatana are defeated but the last two members, Saizuchi and the giant Fuji, arrive. Hiko Seijūrō comes to the rescue and easily defeats Fuji. Saizuchi is helpless without Fuji, and the inn is saved. Meanwhile, Kenshin faces the strongest Juppongatana, Sōjirō, whose fighting skills include the shukuchi, which allows him to move too fast to be seen, and a lack of emotion that prevents Kenshin from predicting his movements.|
|June 4, 1997 |
|July 6, 2005|
|The fight against Kenshin causes Sōjirō to remember the day he met Shishio. He is overpowered by the memory of his family, who cruelly abused him. Shishio had given Sōjirō a sword, and when his family learned that he had been hiding Shishio, they tried to murder him. He killed them all and then left with Shishio. Sōjirō becomes furious after the pain of his memories resurface and recovers his emotions. Due to his emotional state, Kenshin is able to defeat him with the Amakakeru Ryū no Hirameki. Although he loses, Sōjirō discovers the secret of Kenshin's technique and tells Yumi, asking her to pass it on to Shishio. He then leaves the stronghold and Kenshin finally comes face to face with Shishio, who proves to be too strong for Kenshin. Kenshin is defeated, and Saitō bursts into the arena to attack Shishio, striking him in the head with his sword.|
|17||The Age Decides the Man|
|October 3, 1997 |
|August 3, 2005|
|Saitō's attack fails, due to a metal headband that Shishio wears. He tells Saitō that before he was set on fire, he was shot in the head and he has the headband to avoid a similar injury. He defeats Saitō easily and Sanosuke attacks him with the Futae no Kiwami. Sano lands a solid hit on Shishio's jaw but his hand is shattered and Shishio defeats him. Aoshi then arrives to find Sanosuke, Saitō, and Kenshin unconscious. He battles Shishio, giving Kenshin time to recover. Kenshin's swordsman spirit also revives Sanosuke and Saitō and they watch as Kenshin fights one last time with Shishio, whose body temperature rises to a dangerous level. Yumi pleads with Kenshin to break off the fight and Shishio stabs through her into Kenshin. Kenshin is horrified at what he considers Shishio's betrayal of his lover, but Shishio retorts that he did what Yumi wanted him to do. She confirms this before dying in Shishio's arms, promising to wait for him. He continues the fight with Kenshin, but his body becomes so hot that it spontaneously combusts. Shocked by Shishio's death, Hōji destroys the base, but Sanosuke carries Kenshin to safety. Aoshi also escapes, as does Saitō, although his survival does not become known until later. One month later as Kenshin and his friends are recovering from their wounds, Chō visits them. He tells them that most of the Juppongatana have joined the Meiji Government, while Anji requested to be in prison, and Hōji committed suicide. Sōjirō and Iwanbō were never found.|
|18||Do You Still Bear the Scar?|
Jūji Kizu wa Mada Aru ka? (十字傷はまだ有るか?)
|December 4, 1997 |
|September 6, 2005|
|Kenshin and his friends return to Tokyo and plan a celebration at the Akabeko. When Kenshin arrives, he sees Kujiranami Hyōgo, a man he defeated during the Bakumatsu. After dinner Kenshin confides to Sanosuke that he is worried and while Sano is attempting to reassure him, the Akobeko is attacked and destroyed. They learn that a group known as the Six Comrades are attacking Kenshin's friends. Kenshin and Sanosuke start guarding several places which Kenshin commonly visits. One night two members from the Six Comrades, Inui Banjin and Otowa Hyōko, attack a dojo Kenshin visited with Kaoru and Chief Uramura's house. Kenshin and Sanosuke head out to fight the two members.|
|19||Shades of Reality|
Maboroshi to Genjitsu (幻と現実)
|February 4, 1998 |
|October 10, 2005|
|Sanosuke faces Banjin, but is unable to defeat him since his right hand is still injured due to his fights in Kyoto. However, Banjin escapes as his partner Gein shoots a bomb to the area. While Kenshin fights Otowa, Kujiranami shoots Kenshin with an Armstrong cannon as Otowa escapes noting Kenshin's strength. While Kenshin returns to the Kamiya dojo, he is confronted by the leader from the group, Yukishiro Enishi, who tells him that his group will attack the Kamiya dojo in a few days. Kenshin returns to the Kamiya dojo, and explains to his friends that Enishi seeks revenge for the death of his sister and also Kenshin's wife, Yukishiro Tomoe, who was killed by Kenshin fifteen years ago. A flashback from Kenshin then starts showing how he became hitokiri as well as how he killed his lover Tomoe.|
|May 4, 1998 |
|November 1, 2005|
|Kenshin's flashback continues showing how he met Tomoe, and both started a romantic relationship. After an incident from the Ishin Shishi, Kenshin and Tomoe get married, and move to live to a little town under advice from Kenshin's superiors. During those days, Kenshin becomes happier and calmer, but it is later revealed that Tomoe was sent by a group of assassins known as the Yaminobu to discover his weakpoints. When Tomoe goes to her group's base, but lies to them as she is in love with Kenshin. However, the group realize this and kidnap Tomoe to make Kenshin try to rescue her. Kenshin manages to defeat the assassins and meet their boss, but is severely injured during the fights.|
|21||And So, Time Passed|
Soshite Jidai wa Nagare (そして時代は流れ)
|July 3, 1998 |
|December 6, 2005|
|Kenshin faces the boss from the assassins, but is unable to defeat him. Kenshin desesperately attacks the boss, but although he kills him, Tomoe dies while protecting Kenshin. Some weeks later, Kenshin returns to be a hitokiri until the Bakumatsu ends. After Kenshin's flashback ends, all his friends prepare to fight against Enishi. During those days, Kaoru also requests Misao to bring Tomoe's diary to Tokyo to make Enishi read it and she sets out with Aoshi. When the Six Comrades invade Kamiya dojo, Kujiranami is the first to attack, wanting to take revenge for his defeat he had against Kenshin. Kenshin and Sanosuke manage to defeat him, but they are then attacked by Banjin and Otowa. As Banjin once again surpasses Sanosuke, Gein prepares to attack the dojo.|
|22||Battle on Three Fronts|
Sankyoku no Tatakai (三局の戦い)
|September 3, 1998 |
|January 3, 2006|
|Gein attacks the Kamiya dojo with his most powerful Iwanbō mechanic puppet and Kenshin goes to fight against him, leaving Yahiko to fight against Otowa in his place. After a prolonged fight, Kenshin destroys Iwanbō, and rests for a while for his next fight. Sanosuke continues fighting Banjin, and defeats him using his Futae no Kiwami even though his right hand is severely wounded. After evading all of Otowa's weapons Yahiko manages to use the strongest techniques from the Kamiya Kasshin-ryū, and wins the fight. While Megumi heals Yahiko, the group is then suddenly attacked by Yatsume Mumyōi, who was one of the assassins that sent Tomoe fifteen years ago to investigate Kenshin and was defeated by Kenshin went to rescue Tomoe.|
|23||Sin, Judgement, Acceptance|
Tsumi to Batsu no Ishiki (罪と罰の意識)
|November 4, 1998 |
|February 14, 2006|
|Saitō goes to the Kamiya dojo to arrest Enishi, who has an organization that sells weapons. With Yatsume blocking him, Saitō confronts him. He easily defeats him, leaving Enishi as the only left warrior. Therefore, Enishi prepares to fight Kenshin. Using a powerful Chinese swordsmanship style, Enishi manages to fight at the same level of Kenshin. They then proceed to use their strongest technique, and Enishi succeeds in breaking the Amakakeru Ryū no Hirameki. After Kenshin is knocked out, Enishi reveals his intention to kill Kaoru to cause more pain to Kenshin. Kenshin then stands up and furiously attack Enishi. Before Enishi is defeated, Kujiranami ambushes Kenshin, allowing Enishi to find Kaoru.|
|24||The End of Dreams|
Yume no Owari (ユメノオワリ)
|February 4, 1999 |
|March 7, 2006|
|Saitō and Sanosuke defeat Kujiranami, but when Kenshin returns to the dojo he finds Kaoru dead. Two weeks later, Kenshin is found in the Fallen Village of outcasts, unwilling to move from there. This causes Sanosuke to leave Tokyo, disappointed by his acting. Misao and Aoshi arrive to Tokyo, and are told what happened. As Aoshi investigates, he asks help from Yahiko to open Kaoru's grave. There they discover that the deceased Kaoru is a puppet created by Gein, and the real one was kidnapped by Enishi. Enishi tries to kill Kaoru, but he is unable to do it as it reminds him of Tomoe's death. Gein soon tries to recover the puppet, but he is stopped by Aoshi. Gein is killed by Aoshi, who manages to make Gein tell him Enishi's location before he dies.|
|April 2, 1999 |
|April 4, 2006|
|Kujiranami loses his control in prison, and goes berserk, attacking all Tokyo. With Saitō and Aoshi being investigating Enishi's island, Yahiko and a few policemen are the only ones try to confront him. All the officers are defeated by Kujiranami while Yahiko continues facing him despite his critical injuries. Tsubame desperately asks Kenshin to help, but he still does not react. Another wanderer nicknamed Geezer, later revealed as Tomoe's father, helps Kenshin to discover what he can do to pay for the murderers he committed. Kenshin then goes to fight Kujiranami, and manages to calm him. After Kujiranami allows the policemen to arrest him, Kenshin starts resting to heal his wounds in order to prepare to rescue Kaoru.|
|26||A Man's Back|
Otoko no Senaka (男の背中)
|July 2, 1999 |
|May 2, 2006|
|Sanosuke finds the village where he was born and is hired by a local yakuza, Fudōsawa, to beat up a villager who was opposing him. Sanosuke finds that this villager is in fact his, Higashidani Kamishimoemon, who is living along with his two children who do not know that Sanosuke is their brother. While discussing with his father, Sanosuke finds that the village is being tortured by Fudōsawa, who is supported by Tani Jūsanrō. After defeating Fudōsawa and all of his soldiers and beating up Tani, Sanosuke returns to Tokyo. Once he is healed, Kenshin and his friends go to Enishi's island to save Kaoru. However, as they arrive to the island, the group is attacked by Enishi's partner, Woo Heishin.|
|September 3, 1999 |
|June 6, 2006|
|Saitō, Aoshi, Sanosuke and Yahiko fight and defeat Heishin's four bodyguards, the Sū-shin, so that Kenshin can rest before fighting Enishi. Heishin tries to escape, but he is suddenly knocked out by Enishi. Having already brought Kaoru with him, Enishi starts fighting Kenshin and manages to block all his techniques. Enishi tells Kenshin to commit suicide, but Kenshin negates, saying that the answer he found pay to for his murderers is by continuing protecting the weak. Enraged, Enishi suddenly awakens a mysterious ability named Kyōkeimyaku, a product of his trauma of witnessing Tomoe's death. In this state, Enishi's senses are intensified, allowing him to severely injure Kenshin.|
|28||Toward a New Era|
Aratanaru Sedai e (新たなる世代へ)
|November 4, 1999 |
|July 5, 2006|
|Using his sakabatō, Kenshin creates a sonic wave that injures Enishi's intensified senses. Both of them then proceed to use their strongest moves, and Kenshin wins as he is now able to use all his force. Heishin tries to shoot all of them, but Enishi knocks him out, as he remembers Tomoe's death. The police arrest Enishi, but he escapes when Kaoru gives him Tomoe's diary. Back in Tokyo, seeing that Kenshin will never be a hitokiri again, Saitō decides not to have his final fight against him. Megumi goes to Aizu to open her own clinic, while Sanosuke starts traveling around the world as he is now on the run from the police for having attacked Tani Jūsanrō, a former Ishin Shishi. Five years later, Kenshin has married Kaoru, and they have a son named Himura Kenji. When Yahiko visits them, Kenshin challenges Yahiko to a fight to see how much he has improved. Although Yahiko loses, Kenshin gives him his sakabatō, being satisfied with his development.|
Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration
|No.||Title||Japanese release||English release|
|1||Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration, Volume 1|
Rurouni Kenshin Cinema-ban Jōkan (るろうに剣心─特筆版─ 上巻)
|September 4, 2012 |
|June 4, 2013|
|In this reboot of the series, the wanderer Himura Kenshin stumbles upon gambling fights hosted by the merchant Takeda Kanryū. One of the fighters is Kamiya Kaoru who participates in the fights to be able to pay the rent from her swordsmanship school. After learning that Kanryū plans to kill Kaoru, Myōjin Yahiko requests Kenshin's help to save her. Kenshin defeats Kanryū and stays in Kaoru's dojo with Yahiko for an unknown reason. Wishing revenge, Kanryū hires multiple fighters to defeat Kenshin. The first of them, Sagara Sanosuke, is defeated by Kenshin who convinces him to help taking care of Kaoru's dojo. Shortly afterwards one of Kenshin's old enemies from the Bakumatsu, Saitō Hajime, takes Sanosuke's job.|
|2||Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration, Volume 2|
Rurouni Kenshin Cinema-ban Gekan (るろうに剣心─特筆版─ 下巻)
|July 4, 2013 |
|January 14, 2014|
Rurouni Kenshin: Master of Flame
|No.||Title||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN|
|1||Rurouni Kenshin: Master of Flame|
Honō wo Suberu -Rurouni Kenshin: Uramaku- (炎を統べる -るろうに剣心・裏幕-)
|October 3, 2014||ISBN 978-4-08-880259-6|
Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN|
|1||September 4, 2018||ISBN 978-4-08-881324-0|
|2||February 4, 2019||ISBN 978-4-08-881736-1|
|3||August 2, 2019||ISBN 978-4-08-882032-3|
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