Ruroni Kenshin, Volume 1 by Nobuhiro Watsuki (2003)

Description: 140 years ago in Kyoto, with the coming of the American “black Ships,” there arose a warrior who, felling men with his bloodstained blade, gained the name Hitokiri, man slayer! His killer blade helped close the turbulent Bakumatsu era and slashed open the progressive age known as Meiji. Then he vanished, and with the flow of years, became legend.

In the 11th year of Meiji, in the middle of Tokyo, the tale begins. Himura Kenshin, a humble rurouni, or wandering swordsman, comes to the aid of Kamiya Kaoru, a young woman struggling to defend her father’s school of swordsmanship against attacks by the infamous Hitokiri Battosai. But neither Kenshin nor Battosai are quite what they seem…

Review: This story was most interesting. I also enjoyed all of the historical aspects to it as well. I really did not know that much about the Meiji period and find it fascinating to learn more about it. The character development is great and I really can’t wait to learn more about Kenshin.

Score 4 out of 5

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I'm a Midwest girl who has landed herself on the east coast. I spend my days in libraryland. My passion/specialty is graphic novels, manga, and anime. For a few weekends of the year you will find me at an anime convention somewhere on the east coast.

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