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Rurouni Kenshin is a former assassin who wanders the country side of Japan. While he wanders he gives protection to those in aid to redeem himself of the lives he had taken while an assassin when he served in the Bakumatsu war. Rurouni Kenshin finds himself in Tokyo and spots a woman fighting a man who had murdered someone and begins claiming himself as the "Hitokiri Battosai" which was the name Kenshin received when he was still an assassin. The woman happens to teach at the swordsmanship school and continues to fight as the man tarnish's the name.

Kenshin decides to help the woman by defeating the man quickly and Karou discovers that Kenshin is actually the Battosai. Grateful for his help and noticing that he is actually quite kind and not cruel as his reputation portrays him she offers him a place to stay at her dojo.

Kenshin accepts the offer and settles down making lifelong friends with an orphan of a samurai family, a doctor, and a former army soldier. Though he makes a life for himself here in his new home he also attracts many enemies from the past and new enemies as well.

After living in the dojo for a while Kenshin gets wind that his assassin successor is planning to overrun the government and take over all of Japan. Fearing for the safety of his friends he decides to go to this assassin and defeat him to ensure his friends stay safe. Though he leaves without telling them anything they join him in the fight for their freedom. Reluctant at first he accepts their help and in the end he defeats his successor who dies of a rise in body temperature due to some burns he had received.

When Kenshin and his friends return to Tokyo it is discovered that Kenshin had actually been married to a woman named Tamoe who was accidentally killed trying to protect Kenshin from a surprised attack. His late wife's brother decides to seek out revenge for the death of his sister which he blames on Kenshin and kidnaps Karou leaving behind something that looks similar to Karou for Kenshin to grieve over. He later finds out that Karou is actually alive and he and his friends take off to rescue her.

Rurouni Kenshin is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (155 episodes). The series first aired on January 10, 1996.

Where do I stream Rurouni Kenshin online? Rurouni Kenshin is available for streaming on Cartoon Network, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Rurouni Kenshin on demand at HBO Max, Hulu online.

Cartoon Network
3 Seasons, 155 Episodes
January 10, 1996
Action & Adventure
Cast: Mayo Suzukaze, Richard Cansino, Dorothy Elias-Fahn, Rebecca Forstadt
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Rurouni Kenshin Full Episode Guide

  • After their search leads them to the hidden cure, the leader of the Black Knights makes it clear that he has no intention of honoring his promise to cede control of Japan to the Sanada Ninjas.

  • When a letter from Dr. Hans reveals the story of the miraculous medicine, Yutaro joins the Peace Force in an effort to find it.

  • With his arm nearly healed, Yutaro and his doctor arrive for a visit at the dojo.

  • Despite Kaishu's determination to free his daughter on his own, Kenshin joins the Peace Force and Daigoro for a rescue.

  • When Kenshin accidentally loses all their money, the Peace Force must go to work at an inn in order to pay their bill.

  • As Misao and the Dutch consul ask the Army delay to their attack, the sightless Kenshin pressures Shogo to prevent the martyrdom of his followers.

  • As Kenshin tries to stop the slaughter of the Christians as they march towards martyrdom, Sanosuke is unable to avert the death of Shogo's terminally ill sister.

  • Sir Kaioh unveils his plan to use Shogo Amarusa's loyal followers to overthrow the government and control Japan himself.

  • After stepping in to stop what appears to be a robbery, Kenshin and Kaoru meet a young prince who looks exactly like Yahiko.

  • With Kenshin's help, the Wind family derails their rival's plan to redirect the flow of the Ki and ends their effort to dominate Japan

  • With help from the Wind family's leader, Kenshin saves Kaoru's life. But the Water family's quest to redirect the Ki and gain control of Japan moves ahead as planned.

  • The Water family's efforts to gain control of the Ki have left Kaoru seriously wounded.

  • As Kenshin learns of a battle between the Wind and Water families for control of the Ki, efforts to build a railroad are exposed as a Water clan plot to control Japan

  • Following a series of accidents in town, a master of feng shui blames an imbalance in the Ki, a force which keeps all of nature's other forces in balance

  • As Aoshi arrives to bring her home, Misao joins Kaoru and some friends for a final shopping spree. However, Sanosuke and Yahiko's efforts to keep an eye on the women lead to them to be mistaken for a pair of thieves

  • After their search leads them to the hidden cure, the leader of the Black Knights makes it clear that he has no intention of honoring his promise to cede control of Japan to the Sanada Ninjas.

  • After surviving a fall into a volcano, the Peace Force comes across an injured Sanada Ninja who offers to help battle his former allies.

  • It's peaceful times and everyone is carrying about their life, Kaoru and Kenshin leave to visit a graveyard, Yahiko is helping at the Akabeko and Sanosuke is helping Megumi so she can make something for him to eat. Kenshin and Kaoru visit the graveyard and do what they have to do, suddenly it started to rain so they went to a hotel to spend the night. Meanwhile Sanosuke took a long bath and Megumi washed his clothes and he was forced to wear something else, soon everyone went to sleep. Kaoru had dreams of Kenshin wandering off again, she awoke and it was morning, Kenshin wasn't there, she found him at the beach and they talked for awhile. They got on to the boat and set sail to return back home. The boat arrived back in Tokyo and everyone was waiting for Kenshin and Kaoru to get back.

  • Kenshin, Sanosuke and Jinpu went to Senjo Gahara and found the water clan, Jinpu went and attacked Reisui, and Reisui used his formation and proved to be more powerful than Jinpu. Meanwhile the author arrived and told the police and Sanosuke's friend to put the dragon statue in the center it will stop the Ryu Myaku. The Ryu Myaku had arrived and it was destroying the place, it hit the dragon statue but it was only weakened, Jinpu was able to stop it and the water clan was defeated as well as the Ryu Myaku. The police department slowly rebuilt their stations and Kenshin saw Jinpu off.

  • Kaoru was given the water and she started to recover, Kenshin and Jinpu left to Nikko to beat the Ryu Myaku before it was too late. Sanosuke and his friend went looking around for clues, finally they got possession of a book that gave many useful clues. It was hard to understand so Sanosuke and his friend went to find the author and he explained everything. Kenshin and Jinpu got to Nikko and the crest was gone, clues and hints were being pieced together and the water clan's plans started to become clearer. Sanosuke found Kenshin and Jinpu and explained everything, the Ryu Myaku would change direction so they went to Senjo Gahara.

  • The Fusui Master Jinpu had just saved Kenshin, they return back to the dojo and he explains everything. He shows Kenshin the map and tells him that his clan had an Eigou formation that would protect the town, the water clan also wanted a formation but the both would conflict, so they tried to destroy the Eigou formation. Now the water clan has come back and is creating their formation. It has already start and the water clan has attacked the dojo now the dojo and the restaurant is no longer needed and the formation has already begun.

  • Two competing clans of Feng Shui users create a powerful magic around the land that Tokyo sits in circa 1604. After 275 years, this magic begins to reactivate and cause disasters in Tokyo. After each of these incidents, a man claiming to be a Feng Shui master appears to provide advice to the victims. However, as soon as the man leaves a mysterious entrepreneur turns up to offer his services, such as warding stones inscribed with the power of Feng Shui. When the Akobeko catches fire from one of its stoves, Tae and Tsubame go to live at the Kamiya dojo, where they are attacked by Feng Shui fledglings following a visit from the entrepreneur, whose services Tae refused.

  • A day in the dojo where Yahiko is training, Yahiko is training with Misao and she's deciding it's about time she leaves. Omasu, Ochika and Aoshi arrive and are ready to take Misao back to Kyoto. Misao changes her mind and decides she doesn't want to go back, and then the females decide to go shopping. The females leave and Sanosuke and Yahiko are up to something, they believe that they are going to go and eat something without them so they tag along. The girls go shopping and bump into a pick pocket, they beat him up and get back their money. The pick pocket went and got all his men but they were defeated, meanwhile Kenshin and Aoshi talk and drink tea, they decide to take a walk and they see the girls.

  • Kenshin faces off against Melder in a ferocious battle to claim the elixir, igniting a conflagration that threatens to take everyone down in flames.

  • Kenshin and the rest continue to use their hints and search for the divine medicine, suddenly Yahiko is unable to walk anymore, he had a fever. A hunter appeared and brought Yahiko in and treated him, he gave Kenshin some more clues as to where the divine medicine was, Yahiko got better and they left. After using all the hints Kenshin and the others were able to get into a cave and was on track, finally near the end, the path way was open. Soon the black knights arrive and including the leader of Sanada Ninja's, Misanagi. One thing that Yutaro was unable to read was the last paragraph and the floor collapsed and they fell into the ground.

  • As Kenshin tries to stop the slaughter of the Christians as they march towards martyrdom, Sanosuke is unable to avert the death of Shogo's terminally ill sister.

  • The group celebrates the return of Yutaro with Professor Hans, unaware that the Black Knights are on their heels, in search of a divine elixir.

  • Daigoro was just stabbed and Kenshin stepped forward to fight the leader while the others took care of the rest. The leader was defeated and shortly the police arrived and arrested the Beni Aoi. Back at Katsu's home, Tetsuma was caught, Katsu knew it was him looking for the map to the hidden money. Tetsuma try to reason why Katsu but it wasn't enough then he tried to fight him but Kenshin stepped in. Kenshin defeated Tetsuma and he then knew what he did was wrong and turned himself in.

  • A bunch of men are ready to attack Kenshin but Kenshin has no idea who these people are, they tell Kenshin that they are the Beni Aoi, Kenshin still doesn't know who they are, the leader figures out Kenshin wasn't hired as a bodyguard and left. Daigoro continues to train and has a match with Yahiko. Daigoro attacks but pulls his back and is unable to move. Itsuko is cooking and Kaoru shows up, she teachers her to cook but forgot to buy something so she left. Outside the Beni Aoi was waiting for her and kidnapped her. Kaoru screamed and didn't know what to do, the kitchen was on fire, Kenshin sensed something was wrong and asked where Itsuko was, he went out side and found her hair pin on the ground.

  • A man is talking about people being able to go to the moon, but the others laugh at him, he left with his teacher and forgot his books. Yahiko went to return the books but the man (Daigoro) and his teacher was going to be attacked. Yahiko and everyone helped out and were able to protect them, then Tetsuma appeared and scared them away. Daigoro's teacher than kicked him out of his dojo since he wasn't very good with a sword. Kaoru decided to accept him as a student and tried to teach him to be strong. A girl named Itsuko came and tried to bring him back but Daigoro refused and Itsuko stayed behind. Kenshin left and went to tell Daigoro's teacher (Katsu) that his daughter was staying at the dojo, as Kenshin leaves the men earlier is trying to attack Kenshin.

  • When Kenshin loses Kaoru's money, the group must work at a restaurant to pay off their bill. An artist seeking inspiration falls in love with Kaoru.

  • Kenshin and the rest are in the restaurant eating, suddenly a group called Tengu creates a disturbance, Yahiko and Misao take them outside and fight them. Then a man claiming to be the legendary Battousai arrives and scares them away. Kenshin and the rest are looking for a place to stay but they were all full, they make their way up to the fake Battousai's place and sees he's running a dojo. Kenshin and the others help out and have a place to stay. The Tengu group is getting restless and wants to kill the Battousai, a man named Anzai arrives and says he will kill the Battousai. He arrives at the dojo and wants to fight the Battousai, Kenshin came right on time and defeated him. Kenshin allowed him to keep the name and he and the rest set sail to go back home.

  • The war was over and Shougo surrendered. Kenshin visited Elsten to find out what will happen to the believers and so on. Elsten is waiting for the government's decision and it should arrive shortly. An official arrives and tells them that the believers can no longer stay in Japan, Elsten is thankful for the decision and decides that the believers can come to his country, Holland. Meanwhile Sanosuke gives Kaoru a letter and she makes a visit to Shougo. Kaoru gives the letter to Shougo and leaves. Shougo makes a last visit to his sister's grave and left to go to Holland.

  • Misao was caught by two men and was brought to the leader of the army, she kept on telling them that Kenshin is negotiating with Shougo. Finally Elsten arrived and tried to stop the attack, he was only able to stop it for an hour, after the hour they would attack. Misao went off to tell Kenshin he has an hour and if he was successful she would throw a signal out to let him know. Kenshin had already started to fight Shougo, finally both used the succession technique and Shougo was defeated. Kenshin had gained his sight again and Misao just arrived.

  • The army started to prepare themselves to fight Shougo and kill everyone else. Sanosuke continued to try and bring Magdaria to Elsten. After achieving many obstacles Sanosuke finds some luck and sees Elsten. Elsten was interfering too much so Santo tried to kill him but Magdaria jumped in and was shot. Sanosuke beat up Santo and returned Magdaria's medallion back to her, shortly after she died. Elsten left and tried to hurry and get to the holy hill to stop the fight. Meanwhile Kenshin finally arrived and tried to stop the fight, he had found Shougo and would fight him if he would force the children to sacrifice themselves.

  • Misao tells Kenshin what she knows, Shougo and Magdaria(Sayo) are hiding a secret, in the past Shougo was able to help cure people's illness because he had study under the field of medicine, but he can't cure his sister and she's dying. Soon after Kenshin, Kaoru, Yahiko and Kenshin leave and gets caught by someone. Later on, Magdaria is informed that Kaiou has her medallion so she went into his room and went looking for it. She found some more interesting things and found out that Kaiou is going to betray her and her brother. Sanosuke and Shouzo show up and were trying to stop Kaiou but got locked into the cage with Magdaria, to make matters worse an explosion occurred and rocks were falling down on them.

  • The round man has Kenshin down and surrounded by the dogs, but then he loses the whistle with which he controls them. Kenshin ends up saving himself and the round man from the dogs. The round man is confused, since Kaioh-sama told him that Kenshin is a demon and has to be killed, but Kenshin saved the round man's life. The round man chains Kenshin to a tree and goes for Magdaria to see what he should do with Kenshin.

  • In Shimabara, Yahiko almost gets run down by a carriage carrying the Ambassador of Holland, Elsten-dono. Kenshin and Elsten recognize each other, since Kenshin saved Elsten's life 10 years ago at the end of the Edo dynasty. The Kenshin-gumi go to the ambassador's residence for tea and crumpets. Magdaria and Shougo are traveling by carriage, then boat to Shimabara.

  • Amakusa Shougo appears at the place Cho is protecting. He defeats Cho and then kills the man he came to kill. Cho tells Kenshin that Amakusa is better than Kenshin. Okina finds out that the three men Amakusa has killed were responsible for persecuting Christians during the Edo dynasty.

  • The Kenshin-gumi receives a letter from Misao. She reports on a murder mystery in Kyoto and a dead body with strange carvings on the flesh. Aoshi is approached by a man seeking protection from a written death threat. Aoshi refuses, but Misao sees the letter and takes it to Okina. Okina says the writing is either Portuguese or Dutch, and the symbol on the bottom of the letter was the same symbol carved into the body of the murdered man.

  • In the face of Kenshin's probing questions, Souijuro's concentration is broken. In defeat, the young assassin returns his prized sword to Shishio, warning him of the danger that lays ahead.

  • In an effort to explain Souijuro's emotionless posture, Kenshin recalls how the young assassin was rescued from a life of slavery and then taught to fight by Shishio.

  • A foreign prince is attacked by bandits. As Kenshin and Kaoru are returning from a play, they see this and Kenshin intervenes. During the attack the prince was injured, so Kenshin and Kaoru take them back to the dojo. As it turns out, Prince Shin looks exactly like Yahiko, and so Yahiko is put in his place to attend a banquet. At the banquet the bandits attack yet again, but our favorite samurai is there to protect Yahiko, along with Sanosuke.

  • As Kenshin is nursing the wounds sustained in his fight with Shishio, Kaoru prepares the Peace Force for their return home.

  • Following Shishio's defeat, his remaining allies put their fate in the hands of the government. While Kenshin is reunited with his Peace Force, the vanquished Shishio vows to take over Hell.

  • Kenshin's final effort to win the ultimate battle ends with Shishio destroying himself. But in the wake of Kenshin's victory, Shishio's closest aide vows revenge.

  • As Aoshi tries to stop a takeover of the country, Kenshin poses Shishio with his greatest challenge. In his defeat of Usui, Saito exposes the blind warrior's plot to kill Shishio.

  • In their long awaited battle, Kenshin and Shishio compare ideologies as well as fighting techniques. But once Shishio uses gunpowder to gain the upper hand, it looks like Kenshin is doomed.

  • As Kaoru and Yahiko anxiously await his return, a wounded but determined Kenshin arrives for his final showdown with Shishio, who is unwilling to have anyone stand in his way of controlling Japan's future.

  • In an effort to explain Souijuro's emotionless posture, Kenshin recalls how the young assassin was rescued from a life of slavery and then taught to fight by Shishio.

  • As Sanosuke looks on, Kenshin goes to battle with Souijuro, the emotionless assassin responsible for breaking his sword. Though Shishio is confident of the young warrior's ability, Kenshin may be able to win without having to resort to killing.

  • During his battle with Sanosuke, the fallen monk recalls how his hatred was born during an anti-Buddhist movement.

  • As Shishio prepares for battle, a henchmen suggests a plan to weaken Kenshin and his forces, ridding them of any opposition once and for all. As the moment of truth draws near, Sanosuke is pitted against Anji.

  • As Kenshin struggles to learn, Sijuro teaches him the most secret of his fighting techniques. And though Kenshin doesn't want to kill, it's inevitable if he is to beat Shishio. Meanwhile, Sanosuke is arrested during his search for Kenshin.

  • On the day of the Star Festival, a frustrated Kaoru daydreams about Kenshin asking her to marry him. A pensive Kenshin responds by going fishing.

  • When the key to an important safe is snatched by a runaway dog, Sanosuke brings the disruptive creature to the dojo, while a dangerous gang pursues.

  • Kenshin and Kaoru intervene when bandits assail a foreign prince. When they bring the injured royal to the dojo, they discover he has a doppelg√ɬ§nger.

  • When Kenshin goes fishing to put food on the table, he meets an old man at the river who tells him a tragic story that changes how he views love.

  • The group boards a train headed for Tokyo, as Megumi explains to Kaoru that Kenshin's injuries should prevent him from engaging in further combat.

  • Kenshin's friends drag him from the arena, but the injured Saito is left behind. Kenshin, Sanosuke and Aoshi regroup with the surviving allies.

  • On the brink of defeat, Kenshin snatches victory away from Shishio, who literally goes down in flames while his followers burn down the arena.

  • Trying to shake off his injuries, Kenshin rallies and engages Shishio again, but the two opponents appear to remain evenly matched.

  • Appearing to be almost invincible, Shishio deals a concussion to Kenshin, then takes down both Saito and Sanosuke, with only Aoshi left to oppose him.

  • The final battle of the man-slayers begins at the top of the Inferno Arena, as Shishio promises to defeat Kenshin in only 15 minutes.

  • Torn between the dueling philosophies of Shishio's strength and Kenshin's kindness, Sojiro begins to break down during the battle.

  • In a flashback, Sojiro is revealed to have been an abused child treated kindly for the first time by Shishio, who gifted to him a valuable sword.

  • Sojiro and a wounded Kenshin have their second duel, completing the unfinished business from their first round of combat in Shingetsu Village.

  • Just when Kenshin's forces are on the brink of defeat, Seijuro appears and convinces Fuji to stand down, leaving Kenshin to fight Sojiro and Shishio.

  • Kaoru, Yahiko and Misao nearly lose their lives in a fierce confrontation with three of the Ten Swords members, only to face three more.

  • In a fierce battle against Aoshi, Kenshin tries to keep his word to Misao that he'll return his opponent to the decent, kind-hearted man he once was.

  • Kenshin approaches a room and senses the presence of Aoshi, who is determined to defeat Kenshin and prove himself the strongest once and for all.

  • Saito fights the blind Usui, but realizes his opponent's hatred has made him Shishio's pawn. Wounded, Saito uses a move he had once saved for Kenshin.

  • Sanosuke fights Anji the Destroyer but manages to show him the error of his ways. Kenshin and Saito move on to the next challenger, Usui.

  • At a shrine on Mt. Hiei, the trio of Sanosuke, Kenshin and Saito faces the first of the Ten Swords challengers: Sanosuke's mentor Anji.

  • Sanosuke uses the attack he learned from Anji to deflect bullets and sinks the battleship, leading Shishio to issue a one-on-one challenge to Kenshin.

  • Kenshin travels to Osaka with Sanosuke and Saito to find Shishio, who is launching a steel-plated battleship he plans to use in an assault on Tokyo.

  • At the temple of Shishio near Kyoto, the Ten Swords meet to launch a plan that they believe will propel them to victory over Kenshin.

  • While Seijuro recalls their first meeting, Kenshin continues his training under his former master by learning of a final deadly technique.

  • Okina meets with Aoshi and strips him of leadership in the Oniwabanshu, but Aoshi gets an offer to join the Ten Swords and help them destroy Kenshin.

  • Kenshin is forced to make the impossible choice of keeping his vow never to kill again, or saving the life of a kidnapped baby.

  • Kenshin and Misao arrive in Kyoto to meet Okina of the Oniwabanshu, and to see the son of the sword master who forged Kenshin's reverse blade.

  • As Kaoru and Yahiko continue tracking Kenshin, Sanosuke encounters a fallen Buddhist monk who offers to teach him some powerful fighting techniques.

  • Kenshin confronts Shishio, who refuses to fight him in a weakened state and instead bids Sojiro to battle in his place.

  • While Eiji and Misao make their way to Shishio's castle in hopes of fighting Senkaku, Kenshin has already engaged him in combat.

  • Kenshin, Misao and Saito fight some of Shishio's troops and encounter Eiji, who is seeking revenge on Senkaku, the man who killed his brother.

  • When she encounters Kenshin in a forest, a female bandit and former Oniwabanshu named Misao begins pursuing him, hoping he'll lead her to Aoshi.

  • After defeating four monks loyal to Shishio, the determined Aoshi refuses to join his ranks, intent on proving his superiority against Kenshin.

  • Depressed at Kenshin's parting, Kaoru decides to follow him to Kyoto. So does Sanosuke, despite warnings from Saito that he'll be a liability there.

  • Kenshin decides to accept Okubo's offer to travel to Kyoto and stop Shishio from gathering an army to overthrow the government.

  • On the brink of reverting to his former man-slaying persona, Kenshin is saved by Saito's superior Okubo, who forces Kenshin into a difficult choice.

  • A brief respite for the group is shattered by a ruthless former Shinsengumi captain who reminds Kenshin of the bad times during the Bakumatsu.