This anime is about a guy called Kenshin Himura who was once a legendary manslayer nicknamed hitokiri battousai, said to be the strongest in Japan during the early Meiji era. After the revolution he has decided never to kill again and has become a wanderer who doesn’t kill but instead uses his sword to help people.
Kenshin gets attacked by a girl in the beginning of the episode.
The girl’s name is Kaoru and she runs a dojo. She is the only instructor of the Kamiya Kasshin style since her father passed away. She has started losing all her students because someone claiming to be the Hitokiri Battousai of the Kamiya Kasshin style was murdering people. She is trying to save her dojo by defeating the battousai. She has assumed that Kenshin was the battousai since he was walking around carrying a sword. By the way the sword Kenshin carries with him is a reverse blade sword. It is hard to kill people with it.
Gohei was once a student of the Kamiya Kasshin style. Kaoru’s father crushed his right thumb when he attacked his fellow classmate. Kamiya Kasshin style was developed to protect people. This sounds too good to be true. A sword style used to protect people? When you attack someone with a sword, you cut them. The person you are attacking might be a ‘bad’ guy and you might protect someone’s life in this process. It doesn’t change the fact that you are also hurting someone. If you are not careful enough you might strike that persons vitals and end up killing him. So a sword that can only protect does not exist in this world.
At the end of the episode Kaoru asked Kenshin to stay at her dojo and he agreed.
The best thing about this anime is that Kenshin is more human than most of the protogonists we see. For a swordsman to keep an oath to never kill is a difficult matter. He gets into situations where he cannot win without killing his opponents. He feels the burden of his oath but tries to protect it anyway. He is also not the kind of protagonist who talks about peace and justice when he has never soiled his hands before. He can kill a person if he has to. While he is a goofy and funny character most of the time, you will not find it hard to believe that he was once a manslayer feared by all.
This anime was made in 1994, so the animation isn’t that great. But it has a great story line, fights and comedy to make up for it. The music is also very good.
See you next time (^_^)/