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Series Summary The story of Rurouni Kenshin takes place in Japan during the 1870s during Japans restoration period known as the Meiji Era This was a time of economic growth where the shoguns were overthrown and the government of Japan changed to include trade with Europe and the Americas The story revolves around a red-haired man named Himura Kenshin who paved the road into the restoration period and was known for his deadly sword skills in the style and art of the Hiten Mitsurugi Ryuu The true story first starts with the 2 OVA episodes preceding the anime series Himura Kenshin whos real name is Shinta was an orphan after his low-class family died in a cholera outbreak in his village He was taken under the care of three young women who cared for him till they were killed by bandits protecting him Before the bandits could lay a hand on the young Shinta a man appeared out of the darkness and killed the bandits with a few strokes of his sword This man was Hiko Seijuro and would become Shintas teacher of the deadly sword style Hiten Mitsurugi Ryuu Shintas name was changed to Kenshin by his master and he trained under him for years till he turned fourteen and wanted to leave his master to go help ease the suffering of Japan Against his masters wishes he left the mountain and became a Ishinshishi and a hitokiri or hired assassin He killed countless people with his powerful sword technique and earned himself the name of Hitokiri Battousai A name that haunted him for the rest of his life even if he was still a young teenager when he acquired it Kenshin later meets a woman by the name of Yukishiro Tomoe and he eventually falls in love with her though she is truly out to kill him because he had assassinated her fianc She falls in love with him
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