Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story (るろうに剣心 -明治剣客浪漫譚- ), also known as Samurai X, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Nobuhiro Watsuki. The story begins during the 11th year of the Meiji period in Japan and follows a former assassin from the Bakumatsu, known as Hitokiri Battosai. After his work against the bakufu, Hitokiri Battosai disappears to become Himura Kenshin: a wandering samurai who protects the people of Japan with a vow of never to take another life.
Watsuki wrote this series upon his desire of making a shōnen manga different from the other ones that were published at the time, with Kenshin being a former assassin and the story taking a more serious tone as it continued. The manga revolves around themes of atonement, peace, and romance.
The Rurouni Kenshin manga has over 70 million copies in circulation as of 2014, while its anime has ranked among the 100 most watched series in Japan multiple times. The series has received praise and criticism from various publications for manga, anime and other media, with both having received good response on the characters’ designs and historical setting. The manga initially appeared in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump from April 25, 1994, to November 4, 1999. Studio Gallop, Studio Deen and SPE Visual Works adapted the manga into an anime series which aired in Japan from January 10, 1996 to September 8, 1998.
[Feb 19, 1996] OP1: JUDY AND MARY – Sobakasu
[Feb 29, 1996] ED1: The Yellow Monkey – Tactics
[Apr 01, 1996] Samurai X OST 1
[May 25, 1996] ED2: Mayo Suzukaze – Namida wa Shitteiru
[Oct 21, 1996] Samurai X OST 2
[Nov 11, 1996] ED3: Heart of Sword ~Yoake Mae~
[Mar 21, 1997] OP2: Makoto Kawamoto – 1/2
[Mar 21, 1997] ED4: L’Arc-en-Ciel – The Fourth Avenue Café
[June 18, 1997] ED5: Bonnie Pink – It’s Gonna Rain!
[Mar 21, 1998] Samurai X The Best theme Collection
[Jul 18, 1998] Rurouni Kenshin Original Songs II
[July 29, 1998] OP3: CURIO – Kimi ni Fureru Dake de
[Mar 20, 1999] OVA Samurai X Tsuioku-hen OST
[Oct 01, 1999] ED OVA Seisou-Hen: Itoshisa no Hate
[Jan 23, 2002] OVA: Seisou-Hen OST
[Sep 19, 2002] Samurai X Complete CD Box
[Dec 20, 2006] Rurouni Kenshin Complete BGM Remixes