Rurouni Kenshin is an avid tale of love, guilt and realizations set in the Meiji era. The story follows the adventures of a highly skilled samurai working against the bakufu, a feudal military government, and how he manages to drive away the sins of his past. Having committed countless murders as an assassin in the name of the restoration, Kenshin Himura, formerly known as ‘Battosai, The Manslayer’; is haunted by visions of his past crimes. He is plagued with inner guilt that ultimately leads to him giving up on the ways of the blade in order to live a simple life helping people in need. He dismisses his own sword for a reverse blade sword that contains the blade on the opposite side, which is ill-fit for killing.
The story follows the reincarnation of Kenshin as a man of the people and his struggles to make peace with his past and win the love of his life, Kauro Kamiya. The anime is adapted from the massively popular manga series of the same name by Nobuhiro Watsuki and is widely regarded as one of the most loyal depictions of Meiji era Japan in an anime series. Rurouni Kenshin is a must watch for all anime-lovers who are into accurate historical accounts as the Meiji era in Japan is one of the most interesting periods in the history of the nation marked my public awakening, westernization and the industrial revolution. Today, we are looking at some of the anime that are a must watch for you if you loved the story of Kenshin Himura and his struggles with his past.
12. Ryo (2013)
‘Ryo’ is a Japanese short anime film directed by Koichi Chigara and released in the year 2013. The story follows the life of a small child who lost his parents in an English invasion and his subsequent struggle for vengeance. The child, a son of a samurai, grows up training and eventually joins Ryoma Sakamoto, a rebel with a plan. The anime, though lasting for only 26 minutes, manages to leave behind a certain sense of loss among its viewers.
11. Berserk (1997 – 1998)
Dark atmosphere, crisp fight scenes and an intricate background score puts ‘Berserk’ high up on the list for those who love a darker shade in their palette. The series aired for a total of 25 episodes beginning on October 7th, 1997 and ending on March 31st, 1998. The story follows the adventures of Guts, a natural-born fighter, who leads a simple life until he meets Griffith, an ambitious leader of a tribe of warriors known as “The Band of Hawks”. Guts joins the group of mercenaries involuntarily after losing to Griffith in a duel and now he must travel with the group. However, he finds himself at a crossroad as he realizes that with every bloody victory, he pushes himself further and further towards his darker self. With some of the best visuals present in an anime of that era, Berserk makes full use of the 25 short episodes in questioning the choices of humans in times of distress.