172] Finally setting their plan into action in December 1864, they send Enishi to contact Tomoe and leave a note luring Kenshin to their "Binding Forest."[ch. He has holes in both hands from when Kenshin pierced them during the Bakumatsu, where he now inserts hilt-less swords to fight. 124] Kaoru and Misao defeat Kamatari in a two-on-one battle. Watsuki used ideas from assistants to create many of the Juppongatana and Kamatari was one he seized immediately, but when coming up with the specifics, the concept "just wasn't coming together." 87] Watsuki said that several of his assistants suggested ideas for the Juppongatana and that many of the characters grew out of these ideas. The Akabeko is destroyed by Kujiranami Hyōgo at the start of the Six Comrades' revenge against Kenshin, but it is re-opened at a temporary located soon after.[ch. 196] As a result, Yatsume's limbs are about 1.5 times as long as normal, with the notable exception of his left arm, which is twice as long and equipped with metal claws. Ōta is a "typical Watsuki image" of a weak child from a rural area who has cheeks with circle marks. "The Secret Life of Characters (9) Oniwabanshū ● Hyottoko,", Watsuki, Nobuhiro. But felt that this alone did not give Tsunan "interesting" qualities, so he added the "fake artist" trait. As Kenshin and Sanosuke deal with Kanryū, Jin-e captures Kaoru and paralyzes her lungs to force Kenshin into a duel that ultimately leads to his own suicide. He is quite an immature kid, frequently trying to fight ... Okita was the same age as or even two years older than Saito. The silhouette version of Yatsume, seen before his full reveal, was modeled after the "bandana mask version" of Wolverine from X-Men and Carnage from Spider-Man. The thing that I liked about this manga was that there are several people and events in here (such as Saito Hajime, Katsura Kogoro, etc.) Watsuki describes Sanosuke's visual motif by referring to his design model, Lamp, the main … The Meiji government could not keep the promise and so used the Sekihō Army as scapegoats, denouncing them as a "false army."[ch. 41] Yutarō trains at Kamiya dojo a little and becomes Myōjin Yahiko's rival, the two gaining a mutual desire to become better than the other. The original plan was to have Usui fight Kenshin right after he fought Chō - chasing him down in the city in a manner similar to the Terminator; but the plot went in a different direction, with Usui fighting and dying at the hands of Saitō. 197] Fifteen years earlier, Yatsume took up fighting and joined the Yaminobu in order to support his clan, who had fallen on hard times due to depleted gold mines, by hoping to prove to the Tokugawa shogunate that their bodies had battle potential.[ch. He is the first to die at Kanryū's hand, protecting Aoshi from the Gatling gun.[ch. Create lists for what you've seen & read, watch over 40,000 legal streaming episodes online, and meet other anime fans just like you. During a scuffle one of Raijūta's men accidentally hits Yutarō, causing him to fall into the ocean. Which Rurouni Kenshin Character are you? 147], The idea for a giant originated from the God-Soldier in the Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, after Watsuki saw the film. She is loyal to her friends and is always there to heal their wounds, especially Sanosuke, whom she often cautions about fighting. " He is portrayed by Teruyuki Kagawa in the first live-action film. In the beginning some of his ideas were "male-appearing on the surface, but personality-wise, will be feminine," "A very erotic and seductive, womanly appearance from the outside, but a manly man on the inside," and "a big macho gay guy." 193] After being taken down, Inui vows to kill Sano next time and Sano welcomes him to try but warns him that he will not win as long as he wears the gauntlets to cover his weakness.  When the author first discussed the "Megumi arc" with his editor, the editor replied that "having a swordsman of Kenshin's caliber fighting a group of punk-thugs still coming into their first facial hair mi-i-ight not make for the most epic of manga. When Hiko was placed in Rurouni Kenshin, the author simplified the design, such as changing the hair to make it easier to draw. ", Voiced by: Akio Nojima (Japanese); Tom Wyner (English), Han'nya (般若, Hannya) is a skilled martial artist and was the master of intelligence for the Edo Castle Oniwabanshū.[ch. 156] Because many of the Juppongatana were characters that were "hard to hate," Watsuki wanted to make the five comrades (excluding Enishi) in this storyline as "scum-like" as possible. He said she became an Ayanami lookalike, with the only unique feature being her black pupils. Watsuki decided to give Hyottoko the ability to breathe fire, because he felt it would be natural for an "onmitsu" to be "flashy." Kenshin Himura (緋村 剣心) Age: 28 Birthday: June 20, 1849 Height: 158 cm Weight: 48 kg Kenshin Himura, also known throughout the anime as Hitokiri Battousai (Battousai the Manslayer) or Himura the Battousai is the main character of the anime series Rurouni Kenshin. 46] He recruits Sanosuke and they embark on their terrorist attack, but are stopped by Kenshin. The design model for the Hiko in Rurouni Kenshin is the character of the same name from his one-shot manga "Crescent Moon of the Warring States," but Watsuki also added some influences from Hiken Majin Hajerun in Takeshi Obata's Arabian Lamp-Lamp. He said that Tae was his first character to evolve in this manner and he would like it to continue to surprise himself. 152] Gein uses the new Iwanbō Version Three, Savage Mode to fight Kenshin during the Six Comrades' attack on Kamiya dojo.[ch. , The Sū-shin (四星 or 四神, Hanyu Pinyin: Sì Xīng or Sì Shén, "Four Stars" or "Four Gods") are Woo Heishin's personal bodyguards. He gave Yutarō the traits of admiring Kaoru, an older woman, and Kenshin's strength but made him unable to "be honest" about it because they were Raijūta's enemies, as aspects of his youth. 226], The idea for a one-handed fighter originates from Iba Hachirō, a swordsman from the Bakumatsu. 198, 199] Kenshin stops Saitō from killing him and offers to let Yatsume fight him if he still wants to after healing, but suggests that he go up north and use his abilities to help his clan.[ch. 71] In the anime, he manages to escape and is killed by Seta Sōjirō. 194] The last is the Rikudōko (六道蠱), six long piercing tentacle-like appendages worn on his torso.[ch. TECHNIQUE:Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu. Which Rurouni Kenshin character are you? After learning about Sanosuke's deeds Ōta becomes willing to fight. Version Three's full body tattoo was added to give him the look of a "battling tribe" from an undeveloped world, but Watsuki said it does not look that good. A manga by Nobuhiro Watsuki, its name translates as "Kenshin the Wanderer", but it is also known as Samurai X after Columbia Pictures renamed it for their anime releases (which was later co-opted by ADV Films for their release of the movie and OVAs). 71] When Eiji insists that Senkaku needs to be killed for his family's honor, Kenshin tells him that his dead family wants him to be happy, not for him to kill someone. 144] Knowing that she has finally been of use to Shishio in his most important battle, she dies happy and released of her former frustration for not being able to fight next to him.[ch. 147] So Chō lies to Kamatari claiming that Shishio wanted the Juppongatana to live and spread his story to prevent the government from rewriting it in the event of their loss.[ch. It’s . 107] Over ten years he developed the "Mastery of Two Layers" (二重の極み, Futae no Kiwami) technique, which delivers two hits within 1/75 of a second allowing him to smash rocks with his limbs.[ch. 174] He was killed by Kenshin in 1864 in Kyoto, but not before injuring him with the first half of his cross-shaped scar.[ch. Watsuki altered the character to a higher degree than the other historic figures who appear in Rurouni Kenshin since the character Saitō has a greater role in the story than the other characters. 75] He uses his network to help Kenshin find Arai Seikū and Hiko Seijūrō.[ch. He raised Makimachi Misao, the granddaughter of the previous Okashira, under his protection as a member of the Oniwabanshū. 164] The daughter of an Edo retainer to the Shōgun, Tomoe was engaged to Kiyosato Akira, the second son of another similarly ranked family.[ch. When the brothers then try to attack Kaoru and Yahiko, Sanosuke defeats Gohei and Kenshin injures Kihei into submission.[ch. But Kenshin reveals to Tomoe that he does not want it only for appearance sake, and the two get married.[ch. Having designed Yumi on the spot with the intention of her to be sexy, Watsuki had no specific design model. 115] He is very stupid and says very little. He is often assisted by fellow ex-Oniwabanshū Kurojō (黒尉), Shirojō (白尉), Masukami (増髪) and Ōmime (近江女) who help run the Aoi-Ya, and look after Misao.[ch.  Although reader response to Anji's story was mostly positive, looking back on it Watsuki said he was an immature writer then. 231] After Sanosuke defeats Fudōsawa and his army, he goes to Tani's residence, defeating the Hiruma brothers, who act as Tani's bodyguards, before injuring Tani.[ch. At the time, Watsuki said that he was fascinated by images of "manliness" and that Hiko is one of the first characters to reflect this fascination. He created him after his editor told Watsuki that he needed to put more depth into the black market weapons organization. The author reflected that after all this, he seems to have gotten carried away, making Iwanbō feel out of place in the Rurouni Kenshin universe. But the author said he was utterly defeated, citing Saitō as the biggest reason; any character turns into a weakling in front of Saitō, just like Usui did. Kenshin Himura (緋村 剣心) Age: 28 Birthday: June 20, 1849 Height: 158 cm Weight: 48 kg Kenshin Himura, also known throughout the anime as Hitokiri Battousai (Battousai the Manslayer) or Himura the Battousai is the main character of the anime series Rurouni Kenshin. When he is rescued by Himura Kenshin, he decides that he will grow up to be just like Kenshin. He decided that the story involving the two coming together was taking "too many" pages, so he made the duo as brothers instead of being "circumstantially related." Shogo promises to make her dreams of a land of equality and peace a reality. The design was inspired by the first Eva in Neon Genesis Evangelion. 17 the Shishio Arc concludes. His original name was Shinta (心太). The author wanted to make him more cunning and sadistic, but said Otowa was not developed satisfactorily due to his own incompetence. Watsuki created Chō's basic design when he was 20 years old; originally designed to be a space alien. He described Uki as just a "modern, easy to draw type." However, Kenshin refused, saying that he did not want to kill any more than he needed to and that Kujiranami should live in the new era. Gohei is voiced by Tetsuo Komura in Japanese, by Beau Billingslea in the Media Blasters dub and by Richard Epcar in the Sony Samurai X dub. Watsuki's used the young grandmother from Takeshi Obata's Cyborg Jii-chan G [ja] as the design model for Megumi. The Hiruma Brothers (比留間 兄弟, Hiruma Kyōdai) are crooks who scheme to take ownership of Kaoru's dojo. 94, 95] He intended for the boy to one day succeed him as master of his deadly art, but the two severed ties when Kenshin abandoned his training in order to serve the Ishin Shishi.[ch. Of small, slender build and with a youthful, feminine visage, Himura Kenshin cuts quite a different figure than would be expected of the legendary Hitokiri Battōsai and his appearance belies his twenty-eight years of age, making him look roughly ten years younger, but he is easily recognized by his infamous distinguishing features: mid-back length red hair tied in a thick ponytail and a cross-shaped sword scar on his left cheek.K… Sent to Kyoto to set up an information network, the Aoi-Ya inn became his headquarters.[ch. Directed by Keishi Ohtomo. The author added Kamatari and Fuji at a later point. Sawagejō Chō (沢下条 張), also known as "Sword Hunter" (刀狩, Katanaga), is a swordsman and member of the Juppongatana.[ch. Okina's design model is Tokijirō Kaizō from Takeshi Obata's Cyborg Jii-chan G [ja]. The group agreed to then disband and whoever gets to Kenshin first, gets to kill him.[ch. 126] Fuji is easily defeated by Hiko Seijūrō, who acknowledges Fuji's samurai soul and was the first to look at Fuji as someone other than a monster.[ch. Otowa Hyōko (乙和 瓢湖), the "Human Shadow Instrument" (人間暗器), is member number five of the Six Comrades and an effeminate-looking user of assassin's weapons or "Instruments of the Shadows".[ch. Watsuki created Yutarō as Yahiko's rival with no real model; while they both want to be stronger, their desires come the complete opposite places.  Tsubame's name originates from places where Watsuki lived in Niigata. 97] nor will he ever become as talented as Sōjirō.[ch. whenever Okina, a "gentle, run-down-at-the-seams" elderly man, summons his powers and corrects the younger generation when it is confused or does something wrong. Rurouni Kenshin-Characters. 214] While Enishi likes to rule from action and fear, Heishin rules from careful planning, and this balance is what allowed their organization to grow so fast. Watsuki used Ikari Yui from Neon Genesis Evangelion as the visual model for Kamatari's face; but colored the hair black, exposed more of the forehead, and had the back of Kamatari's hair "flip out as I've seen so many high-schoolers do these days." But because he created villains with no ideals or beliefs, this made it difficult to portray them as an enjoyable read.. After Kaoru's father died, the elder brother Kihei (喜兵衛) collapsed in front of the dojo and Kaoru took him in; becoming a kind of a live-in apprentice and gaining Kaoru's trust, while trying to persuade her to sell the dojo. Senkaku fights with a pair of knuckle blades and has high speed, contrary to his size. Watsuki stated that Beshimi was "largely created on-the-spot" and does not have a motif. 154, 155, 182] She has an identical twin sister named Sekihara Sae (関原 冴) who runs the family's original restaurant, the Shirobeko (白べこ) in Kyoto.[ch. Moved to tears by Yahiko's words, Kujiranami accepts that he was wrong, apologizes to Kenshin and turns himself back into the police.[ch. The design model for Han'nya was a human skeleton. 55] One of the three great revolutionaries, he was a leader of the Satsuma clan, who supported the restoration of imperial power. He said that Iori symbolizes peace, Seikū demonstrates selfishness demonstrated by fathers, and Azusa "uh... holds it all together?" Saitō arranges for his wife, Tokio (時尾), to care for Eiji in the near future.[ch. Shishio was Kenshin's successor as hitokiri for the Ishin Shishi. At MyAnimeList, you can find out about their voice actors, animeography, pictures and much more! Himura Kenshin (緋村 剣心) is a former legendary assassin known as "Hitokiri Battōsai" (人斬り抜刀斎)[note 1] (rendered as Battousai the Manslayer in the Media Blasters English anime dub, as Battousai: The Slasher in the Sony English dub. The author used no specific model for Shikijō's design; giving him many muscles as the character is a "power fighter," but feeling that Shikijō was not sufficiently "strange-enough looking," Watsuki added scars and "superhero-like exaggerated musculature. 17: The Age Decides the Man. He is the student of Tatsumi who was killed by Kenshin fifteen years ago. They use the Kiheikan (鬼兵館), a former dojo in a neighboring t… As the story advanced towards Kenshin's final battle, Watsuki realized that the other characters would have no "glamour" and created the Sū-shin on the spot.  Other people would have treated Han'nya like a monster and therefore he would have lived alone in the mountains until Aoshi finds him. During the Battle of Toba–Fushimi in the Bakumatsu, Kujiranami's right arm was cut off by Kenshin.[ch. At the end of the series she leaves Tokyo to open a clinic in Aizu.[ch. Banjin is arrested by the police afterwards. Kaoru Kamiya from the anime Rurouni Kenshin. 97] is a member of the Juppongatana and a cunning elder who manipulates the giant Fuji. Yukishiro Enishi (雪代 縁) is the mastermind, financier and member number one of the Six Comrades, and the primary antagonist of the Jinchū arc. This reticence left Kiyosato unaware of her thoughts, and—thinking that he needed to please her with greater accomplishments—made him join the Kyoto Mimawarigumi.[ch.  She is portrayed by Maryjun Takahashi in the live-action films. The six-pronged accessory was borrowed from Mr. Sinister in X-Men: Age of Apocalypse. Kyoto Taika-hen) suffers by failing to take the same discretion with the source material, choosing instead to mirror the manga's episodic, drawn- out build-up to the decisive confrontation between Himura Kenshin (Takeru Sato, a former Kamen Rider) and Makoto Shishio (Tatsuya Fujiwara of Battle Royal and Deathnote fame). 199] He is arrested by the police afterwards. Henya's design model was a bat with a streamlined head and "a little bit" of Cyborg 002 from Cyborg 009. He intended to give Anji a "power-fighter" design but settled for "macho" instead. , Voiced by: Ikuo Nishikawa (Japanese); Paul St. Peter (English), Saizuchi (才槌), also known as "Destroying Yin" (破軍, Hagun),[ch. 218] He gets the upgraded weapon he received from Enishi, a grenade launcher, and goes on a rampage in Tokyo searching for Kenshin. Watsuki felt that since he put so much emphasis on Megumi and the Oniwabanshū, Kanryū never became the character he intended, which "was a bit of a letdown." Watsuki supposes that a bit of the character Kohei from Shōtarō Ikenami's Kenkyaku Shōbai is in Okina. 231] Uki became protective of her little brother because Sanosuke left them and because her mother died, so she was afraid of losing other family members.[ch. Watsuki said that Hiko's body became "more macho" because he is a different kind of Hiten Mitsurugi-ryū swordsman and because of the addition of "manliness." Watsuki said that Tsunan originated from a fake advertisement within the series, labeled "Mysterious Artist Appears." What do you do? Anji's visual model originates from the lead vocalist of a punk band called Angie, and his name originates from the band's as well. Himura Kenji (緋村 剣路) is the son of Kamiya Kaoru and Himura Kenshin that appears in the last chapter of the manga as a young child. , Voiced by: Hidehiro Kikuchi (Japanese); Steve Cannon (English). 123] His special techniques are Midare Benten (乱弁天), where the scythe is whipped over his head and the chain forms a sphere, therefore creating both an offensive and defensive attack.[ch. Kurogasa marks him as an assassination target, but Kenshin and Sanosuke successfully defend Tani.[ch. Younger Than He Looks: He looks to be around Kenshin's age (though admittedly Kenshin looks pretty young) or at least somewhere in his 20s, especially since he's over a head taller than Kenshin. , The Yaminobu (闇乃武) were a group of assassins who were called the "Oniwabanshū of the West" and planned to kill Kenshin.[ch. Seikū's father Shakkū (赤空) was the swordsmith who made Kenshin's sakabatō. Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story is a manga that started in 1994, and is set in the 1880s. Therefore, Kenshin arranges for Yahiko to be trained in Kamiya Kasshin-ryū by Kamiya Kaoru. , Voiced by: Yuri Shiratori (Japanese); Michelle Ruff (English). Because he had difficulty with "the complicated details" in the Oniwabanshū story arc, Watsuki gave Raijūta a relatively simple outfit with only one design flourish, the black feathers, which turned out to be difficult to draw. 23] These gauntlets contain retractable steel claws, which he will resort to as a sort of trump card.[ch. Fuji also utilized inspiration from what Watsuki was told is a Finnish folktale called "Frost Giant", in which a monster-like giant is revealed to have a heart. What do you do? Although it seems that she is constantly punching the living daylights Watsuki ends the volume in a way that compleatly answers all questions the Shishio arc has left. He is a former student at the Kamiya dojo, but when Gohei insisted using swords for killing and then unsuccessfully attacked the master of the dojo, Kaoru's father, he received a broken thumb and an expulsion. Gein originated from serial killer Ed Gein, who made lampshades and chairs out of corpses, combined with the puppet master required by the story. The author described Jin-e as a "complicated fellow" who is "crazy-crazy" and not merely "crazy-acting." In the anime, Gohei is the only brother to appear and is more intelligent than his manga counterpart. 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