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Rurouni Kenshin #1: Legendary Swordsman (1997)
Starring: Mayo Suzukaze, Miki Fujitani, Yuji Ueda, Mina Tominaga, Mika Doi
Director: Kazuhiro Furuhashi, Eric Sherman
Category: Animation, Foreign
Studio: A. D. Vision
100 mins



The Meiji Revolution marked the end of the rule of the Shogun and the Samurai in Japan.In Tokyo, where swords and blades have been banned, Kaoru bumps into the wandering Kenshin while looking for the man that is tarnishing the name of her fencing school.

Saga 1: The Handsome Swordsman of Legend
While looking for "Battousai the Manslayer", a Vicious murderer, Kaoru bumps into a wandering swordsman and mistakes him for the killer.The wanderer claims that he cannot kill with his sword, which has the blade on the wrong edge.She offers the wanderer sanctuary at her school.Kenshin proves valuable when the murderer, a vengeful ex-student, comes to kill Kaoru...

Saga 2: Kid Samurai
Kaoru's school has been vindicated, but her students aren't coming back.As Kaoru drags Kenshin out to eat and forget about her woes, the two bump into Yahiko.He has been reduced to pick pocketing to repay medical bills his late mother owed a yakuza syndicate - Kaoru decides to help.

Saga 3: Swordsman of Sorrow
Police officers storm the Kamiya school looking for Kenshin.Kaoru and Yahiko, thinking that they are out to arrest him, try to stall for time.Meanwhile Kenshin is busy helping the townsfolk who are being bullied and murdered by the unethical police force.

Saga 4: Bad!
The Kamiya "family" eating out again, encounter some rowdy drunken rebels.A lone man puts them in their place and introduces himself as Sanosuke, fighter for a hire.Later, Gohei (a "Battousai" imposter) contracts Sanosuke to kill Kenshin.Hearing that Kenshin was the "Battousai", Sanosuke challenges Kenshin to a fight he cannot refuse.