Rurouni Kenshin, Volume 20
A warrior arose 140 years ago in Kyoto, with the coming of the American "black ships," who helped introduce the progressive age known as Meiji and then vanished. This tale begins in the 11th year of Meiji, in Tokyo. With his killer blade, legend-warrior Hitokiri Battosai once helped close the turbulent Bakumatsu era and slashed open the progressive age known as Meiji. It's now 1878, ten years after the bloody Meiji Revolution that marked the end of the rule of the Shogun and the Samurai in Japan. In Tokyo, where swords have been banned, Kaoru bumps into the wandering Kenshin while looking for the Battosai, who is ruining the name of her fencing school by killing people in the streets using her signature style. Thus begins an extraordinary relationship between Kaoru, a master swordswoman with a heart of gold; Kenshin, a past master who has vowed never to fight again; and the seemingly invincible would-be Battosai.
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The time is Bakumatsu. Kenshin has been wielding his sword for the "New Era*"
under Katsura Kogoro of Choshu. One night, he defends himself against an
assassin sent by the shogunate— but a woman he helped at a pub witnesses the
... Jinchu against Kenshin and his friends? For time continues to flow, from the
Bakumatsu into Meiji, and anything is now possible. Available in December 2005
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - watertiger - LibraryThing
For American readers it may help to know that RuRouni Kenshin takes place in about the same time frame as the post Civil War era in the United States. If you have ever seen the movie The Last Samurai ... Read full review
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This manga exceeds at having a good plot for a long time and a long series but fails at being entertaining and exciting the reader even with violent sword fights. The art is beautiful, crisp and clean ... Read full review