Kenshin Himura

Kenshin Himura is a anime/manga character in the Rurouni Kenshin franchise
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Himura Kenshin, is a former assassin who fought for the Meji Restoration. After the war, he became a wandering swordsman who has sworn not to ever kill again. He receives a sakabatou (reverse bladed sword) in order to keep his word.

Personality

Kenshin’s real name was “Shinta.” His parents died due to “Cholera” (A bacteria gained through consuming contaminated food and water) when he was 8 years old. A parentless Shinta was then sold to slavery at the age of 10. Shinta befriends three slave girls named Sakura, Akane, and Kasumi, whom girls treat like a little brother. Unfortunately, while the slave caravan was on the road, they were attacked by thieves. The thieves would kill everyone and worked their way to Shinta. However, the three girls tried their best to protect Shinta from the killing. Just as they were going to kill Shinta, a swordsman named Hiko Seijuro kills all the thieves swiftly. Shinta was the only one from the caravan left, and Hiko tells Shinta to go to a nearby village. A week later Hiko decided to visit Shinta at that village but discovers that he never showed up. Assuming that Shinta had committed suicide, he decides to check out the area of the killing again. When Hiko arrived, he discovers that Shinta had buried everyone, including the thieves, with his bare hands. Shinta’s heart and determination caught the eye of Hiko and he decides to take him in as his pupil, and renamed him Kenshin (translated as The Heart of the Sword). Hiko then begins to train Kenshin the art of Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu in the mountains.

The Bakumatsu Era

Kenshin Himura in the Bakumatsu, giving up his blade
Kenshin Himura in the Bakumatsu, giving up his blade

Himura Kenshin was once known all throughout feudal Japan as a brutal murderer, the Hitokiri Battousai. People feared his name as an assassin, and he was known as the best of his time. He fought and killed many, which gained him the title of hitokiri, literally meaning "man slayer" for his heinous and feared actions. The Rurouni Kenshin manga takes place fifteen years after this fact, and Himura Battousai the Man Slayer has laid down his blade for good, and sworn to never take another life again.

In the 11th Year of the Meiji

The story of Rurouni Kenshin focuses around Kenshin Himura, a rurouni (wanderer) who finds himself in Tokyo one day to hear about a man who claims to be the Hitokiri Battousai himself, and uses a sword style known as Kamiya-Kasshin Ryu, taught directly from the Kamiya Kasshin Ryu dojo in the vicinity, and the giant of a man then began to kill police officers, shouting out slurs such as how powerful he is and what style taught him to be that way.

In the middle of the slaughtering, a young woman challenges a small red haired man with a katana in the streets, assuming him to be the one causing all the commotion, before she is struck by the man who was actually posing himself to be the killer. The man she originally challenged picked her up and charged out of the way of his wide and powerful sword strikes. Eventually they escaped, but not without Kaoru Kamiya, the young woman, taking a blow to the arm and severely being cut. The young man who introduced himself as Kenshin Himura stayed with her for the night after explaining the reason he held his blade, and once she had seen that it was a reverse edged sword, she stopped her suspicions immediately. "How many could one kill with this?" He asked her, to which she replied the obvious answer : not many.

Kaoru left the mysterious wanderer alone after hearing the police fighting nearby, to see the man that she had really been looking for slaughtering Armed Military fighters left and right, claiming to be the one and only hitokiri battousai, and claiming to use the Kamiya Kasshin Ryu to kill anyone in his way. Kaoru charged him, only to be sliced across her arm and bested by the giant of a man. The acclaimed hitokiri was inches from killing the girl with a downward strike when Kenshin leapt across the thresh hold of their fight to carefully and rapidly remove Kaoru from harms way. The man ran at the site of more police coming for back up to the ones he had already slain, and in a comical moment Kenshin stated that he had apparently dislocated his groin, to which Kaoru said that he had dislocated his brain. After regaining her stamina to stand again, she tried to chase down the man that had just wounded her, but was stopped by the mysterious rurouni, who told her that running while wounded could prove deadly.

She said that he would not understand, as Kamiya Kasshin Ryu was the style that she taught in her dojo, and that her parents who had recently been killed left behind to her. Kenshin told her that regardless, she didnt need to be a vigilante at night, and with her offer, he decided to stay at her place for the night. While in the dojo Kenshin stared in awe at all the scrolls placed on the walls commending the acts of other swordsmen set to show what they'd done. Kaoru, as her wound was being patched up by her (what she called) "live in" apprentice, Kihei, explained that her father endorsed a sword style known as "Katsujin-Ken", meaning "Swords that Give Life" as opposed to the traditional and nigh universal "Satsujin-Ken", blades meant to kill. She told him that the man claiming to be Battousai has started it all about one month ago, and all of her students had left because of the incidents for fear of being blamed for the terrible and heinous acts of the murderer, effectively ruining the school's reputation and chances to remain financially stable.

Kenshin told her that he understood what she was going through and where he passion was going, but with a wound, she should not be attempting to fight anyone, and she needed to be truthful about her skill and her enemies before she could compare their ability to one another, such being the philosophy of battle. He left shortly after that, only to be found the next day by Kaoru on her way to the shop as he was being arrested for carrying around a sword, which had become a banned action during the time of the Meiji. She asked him if he needed help, to which he only told her that she looked very different without fighting attire on, and much more peaceful as a lady. She took this as some sort of offense and sarcastically said that maybe he didn't really need her help, and almost left him to be arrested. Before Kenshin was taken in, Kihei offered one of the officers some money with a slight of hand, and Kenshin noted that they were weak in body and in spirit under his breath. After asking about who Kihei was and finding some suspicious information in Kaoru's findings, he left quickly for a dojo in the neighboring town, what he figured the most likely location for the hitokiri imposter to be. After reaching the dojo on the outskirts of town, known as the "Kiheikan" dojo, he knocked on the door continuously until receiving a reply.

After a man by the name of Nishiwaki answered the door, Kenshin asked to speak with the master of the dojo. The man said that Master Hiruma was out, to which Kenshin replied that he had originally thought his name was "Hitokiri Battousai", with which he was attacked by all the men currently staying in the dojo. Kenshin appeared back at the Kamiya Kasshin ryu dojo just as Kihei and his younger brother (who had been posing as the Hitokiri) were attempting to get Kaoru to sell the dojo to them, as he had been hounding her for it for the past year or so.

Character Traits

Kenshin Himura, as stated in volume one of the manga in his character overview by the author, is based off of a real japanese warlord : Kawakami Gensai. Kawakami Gensai was a man who, just like Kenshin, strongly resembled a woman and was very short for his age. He lacked Kenshin's trademark cross shaped scar on his left cheek, though. Kenshin speaks in the original japanese manga using the phrase "-dono" at the end of Kaoru's name with each sentence or reference, showing much more respect than many others would have or did at the time, and he also refers to himself as "Sessha" meaning "This one". Many of the more light hearted moments come from Kenshin's speech patterns.

One thing to be noted about every time Kenshin entered battle and was serious, his eyes slimmed down into a very narrow glare, and often times go straight from light blue to deep gold, or yellowish coloring. Kenshin is slow to be angry, but quick to notice wrong doing, and has a very tight moral sense about himself, making him a very righteous main character. Kenshin is noted for being extremely swift in combat, only one character in the entire series being shown to best him in speed of any kind, especially combat.

Voiced by
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Richard Cansino
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Mayo Suzukaze
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General Information Edit
Name: Kenshin Himura
Name: 緋村 剣心
Romanji: Himura Kenshin
Gender: Male
Birthday: 06/20/1849
1st manga book: Rurouni Kenshin #1
1st anime episode: Rurouni Kenshin #1
1st anime movie:
Aliases Hitokiri Battousai
Shinta
Recent Movies
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