Kenshin - Himura Battōsai is the first chapter of the Rurouni Kenshin manga. It introduces the protagonist and deuteragonist of the series, Himura Kenshin and Kamiya Kaoru, respectively.


140 years ago, beginning with the docking of the black ships in Japan, the Edo era came to an end and entered the Bakumatsu, a period marked by chaos and violence. During this upheaval, a man known as Hitokiri Battōsai emerged. As one of the most important hitokiris (man-slayers) of the time, his sword paved the way for the Meiji era. However, at the conclusion of the bloodshed, he disappeared. With the passing of time, he became a legend, known simply as "the strongest".

Now, in the eleventh year of the Meiji era in Tokyo, a young woman, Kamiya Kaoru, is seeking to end the atrocities committed in her dōjō's name by a man calling himself the Battōsai. To this end, she walks the streets of Tokyo, shinai in hand. That is when she meets a young man with a cross-shaped scar in his left cheek. Though she first suspects him of being the one who has committed murder in her dōjō's name, he turns out to be a harmless rurouni armed with a reverse-blade sword. Or so it seems...


Chapter NotesEdit

  • The first twenty-two pages were originally released in color.
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