Ruroni Kenshin is written and illustrated by Nobuhiro Watsuki. The Japanese manga was written because the writer wanted to create a manga that was different from other shonen jump mangas and animes. The anime is perfect for anyone who likes to watch romantic animes.
The theme of the manga is very unique compared to other action-filled shonen jumps animes. In this article, we will talk about the main idea of the anime, filler episodes, and some of the best fillers in all of anime.
The anime follows the story of a former assassin from the Bakumatsu called Hitokiri Battosai. The assassin disappears to become a Himuro Kenshin to protect the people of Japan and makes a promise to himself to never kill anyone ever. The story takes place in the early Meiji era. Hitokiri wanders around Japan and helps those in need. As the story progress, we are introduced to many characters such as Kamiya Kaoru who Hitokiri helps and she offers Hitokiri a place to stay in return.
Best filler episodes
The best filler episode in all of Rurouni Kenshin is the filler arc which starts from the episode of the legend of fireflies in which we get to see more of the story of the relation between Hitokiri and Kamiya and how the story relates to the story of a fisherman that Hitikori encounters.
The filler arc is very sweet and heartwarming as it takes you away from the main idea of the story in which Hitokiri is always trying to save someone and is fighting villains and his past at the same time.
The last two episodes of the anime after so many years have lapsed are also very heartwarming but sad at the same time because the anime is ending. We highly recommend these two anime as they allow you to properly say goodbye to the amazing characters in the anime.
Rurouni Kenshin Episode List
|1||The Handsome Swordsman of Legend: A Man who Fights for Love||MIXED CANON/FILLER|
|2||Kid Samurai: A Big Ordeal and a New Student||MANGA CANON|
|3||Swordsman of Sorrow: The Man Who Slays His Past||MANGA CANON|
|4||Bad! Introducing Sanosuke, Fighter-for-hire||MANGA CANON|
|5||The Reverse-blade Sword vs. the Zanbatou: Beyond the Battle||MANGA CANON|
|6||The Appearance of Kurogasa: Visitor from the Shadows||MANGA CANON|
|7||Deathmatch under the Moon! Protect the One You Love||MANGA CANON|
|8||A New Battle! The Mysterious Beauty From Nowhere||MANGA CANON|
|9||The Strongest Group of Ninjas: The Horrible Oniwaban Group||MANGA CANON|
|10||Aoshi: Someone so Beautiful it’s Frightening||MANGA CANON|
|11||Farewell, the Strongest Men: The Clash of Light and Shadow||MANGA CANON|
|12||Birth of a Boy Swordsman: The Battle of First Apprentice Yahiko||MANGA CANON|
|13||Strive for the Grand Championship: Toramaru’s Sumo Battle Log!||FILLER|
|14||To Save a Small Life Lady Doctor Megumi to the Rescue||FILLER|
|15||Two Legendary Manslayers Two Legendary Slashers||FILLER|
|16||A Promise From the Heart The Secret Sword Technique of Shiden||FILLER|
|17||Fly to Your Dreams Marimo, The Human Cannon||FILLER|
|18||Run, Yahiko! Run Yahiko! Get the Reverse-Edged Sword Back||FILLER|
|19||Raijuta’s Ambition The Fantasy of the Forbidden Kingdom||MANGA CANON|
|20||Revival of the Shinko Style Revival of the Killer Sword – Shinko Style||MANGA CANON|
|21||Dissolution of a Nightmare Destruction of a Nightmare||MANGA CANON|
|22||Danger on a Runaway Locomotive Surprise Incident on a Runaway Locomotive||FILLER|
|23||Sanosuke’s Betrayal The Fateful Reunion||MANGA CANON|
|24||Midnight Battle: Kenshin versus Sanosuke Revisited||MANGA CANON|
|25||The Crimson Pirate The Red Pirate – Kenshin and Kaoru Separated||FILLER|
|26||Lightning Incarnate Shura, The Mysterious Female Pirate||FILLER|
|27||Burn, Island of Terror! The Red Pirate – Conclusion||FILLER|
|28||Prelude to the Impending Fight: The Shadow of the Wolf Draws Near||MANGA CANON|
|29||Strongest Opponent From the Past: Merciless Fangs Strike!||MANGA CANON|
|30||A Devil of Vengeance: Makoto Shishio’s Plot||MANGA CANON|
|31||A Wish Unrequited: Kenshin Departs||MANGA CANON|
|32||Change Tears to Courage: Kaoru Kamiya’s Choice||MANGA CANON|
|33||For the Title of Strongest: Aoshi’s New Conflict||MANGA CANON|
|34||The Girl Bandit: Misao Makimachi’s Hidden Side||MANGA CANON|
|35||Conquered Village: The Grasp of Shishio’s Hands||MANGA CANON|
|36||Across the Boundary Between Edo and Meiji: Kenshin and Shishio Face to Face!||MANGA CANON|
|37||Shock! The Reverse-Blade is Broken: Sojiro’s Tenken verses Kenshin||MANGA CANON|
|38||Sanosuke’s Secret Training: The Challenge of Anji the Destroyer||MANGA CANON|
|39||The Creator of the Reverse-Blade Sword: Shakku Arai’s Final Swing||MANGA CANON|
|40||A Killer Without Mercy: Fight to the Death Against the Cho of the Juppongatana||MANGA CANON|
|41||The Ultimate Technique of the Hiten-Mitsurugi Style: Reunion with a Mentor, Seijuro Hiko||MANGA CANON|
|42||The Formation of an Alliance: The Day When Aoshi Joins with Shishio||MANGA CANON|
|43||Between Life and Death: Master the Ultimate Technique, Amakakeru Ryu no Hikameki!||MANGA CANON|
|44||A Decisive Battle Like Violent Waters: The Strongest Troop Juppongatana||MANGA CANON|
|45||As if to Fly: Stop the Launch of the Battleship Purgatory!||MANGA CANON|
|46||Purgatory Bursts into Flames: The Destiny of Makoto Shishio||MANGA CANON|
|47||Crash! The Lethal Punch, Futae no Kiwami: The Fist of Sonosuke Screams!||MANGA CANON|
|48||Reborn to Salvation: The Beginning of Anji’s New Life||MANGA CANON|
|49||The Wolf Destroys the Eye of the Heart: The Fierce Attack of the Zero Stance Gatotsu||MANGA CANON|
|50||The Promised Time Has Come: Aoshi and Kenshin Fight Again||MANGA CANON|
|51||Wake Up Now! Ignore Your Wounds and Fight to the Finish||MANGA CANON|
|52||To Make a Miracle: The Battle at the Aoiya||MANGA CANON|
|53||The Giant Versus Superman: Like an Arrow Shot at a Time of Despair||MANGA CANON|
|54||Hiten versus Shukuchi||MANGA CANON|
|55||The Tragedy of a Stormy Night||MANGA CANON|
|56||A Duel With an Extreme Moment||MANGA CANON|
|57||Two Men at the End of an Era||MANGA CANON|
|58||The Age Chooses Shishio?||MANGA CANON|
|59||Not Out of Luck!||MANGA CANON|
|60||The Man Who is Chosen for Victory||MANGA CANON|
|61||The Juppongatana Who Remain (aka The Choice for Life)||MANGA CANON|
|62||Kyoto, the Engraved Memory||MANGA CANON|
|63||The Legend of the Fireflies||FILLER|
|64||The Birth of Prince Yahiko||FILLER|
|65||Find the Lost Treasure!||FILLER|
|67||The Gleaming Blade of Legends||FILLER|
|68||The Medallion of Destiny||FILLER|
|69||To the Battlefield of Shimabara||FILLER|
|70||Shock of the Rai Ryu Sen||FILLER|
|72||The Days of Remorse||FILLER|
|73||The Sneering Demon||FILLER|
|75||The Last Crusade||FILLER|
|77||Himura Dojo in Shimonoseki?||FILLER|
|79||Kaishu-Katsu and Kenshin||MIXED CANON/FILLER|
|80||The Unending Revolution||MIXED CANON/FILLER|
|81||Conspiracy of the Beniaoi||MIXED CANON/FILLER|
|82||Kaishu-Katsu’s Determination||MIXED CANON/FILLER|
|84||The Sanada Ninja Squad||FILLER|
|85||A Straying Journey||FILLER|
|86||A Heatwave from Beneath the Earth||FILLER|
|88||The Two Guides||FILLER|
|89||To My Angel Misao||FILLER|
|90||Feng Shui Surprise Attack!||FILLER|
|91||The Magic of Feng Shui||FILLER|
|92||Tokyo Under Martial Law||FILLER|
|93||The Enemy Awaits in Senjogahara||FILLER|
|94||The Elegy of Wind and Water||FILLER|
|95||The Man of the Slashing Sword||MANGA CANON|
|96||The Lost Cat||MANGA CANON|
|97||The Previous Night at the Mountain Home||MANGA CANON|
|98||The Cross-Shaped Wound||MANGA CANON|
|99||After So Many Years Have Lapsed, Part 1||FILLER|
|100||After So Many Years Have Lapsed, Part 2||FILLER|
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We learn more about Hitokiri ‘s past as we get more deeply into the story. Hitokiri makes friendships of a lifetime while living with Kamiya.
Later in the anime, we are also introduced to some villains including some from his past. Hence the anime is very interesting who is a fan of both action-filled and romance-themed animes. We also watch the two main characters grow closer together as the story progresses.
What are fillers?
Fillers are episodes in the anime that are not related to the original story written in the manga. Fillers are included in the manga for many reasons but are mainly includes because the story of the anime outpaces the story of the manga. Filler episodes commonly do not have high production quality but are very interesting and fun to watch.
Rurouni Kenshin filler episodes
Rurouni Kenshin has a total of 100 episodes out of which 40 episodes are fillers meaning the anime has a percentage of 40% of fillers. The percentage of filler episodes in the anime is moderate. Since the anime only has 100 episodes we recommend the fans watch the filler episodes with the anime.
As we discussed the inspiration for the story came because the writer Nobuhiro Watsuki wanted to create a manga that was completely different from other shonen jumps manga which he completely achieved. The anime is perfect for anyone who is a fan of romance animes. The anime has 100 episodes hence you can enjoy it for a long time.
The manga had 14 volumes in total and was published from April 1994 to September 1999 the manga gained a lot of fame and sold many copies.
The anime was aired from January 1996 to September 1998. Other than this the anime had two movies and the anime was also adapted as games.
The manga still has over 72 million copies in circulation all over the world making it one of the top 100 best-selling manga series.
Moreover, the anime adaption of the manga is one of the most-watched animes in the world. The manga has received multiple praises from critics and fans. Its characters are loved by the fans as well.
In the end, we will recommend this anime to every anime fan ever. The manga and the anime both are masterpieces that deserve to have attention even years later. It is perfect for anyone who prefers romance-themed animes.