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He won an honourable mention prize in the Shonen Jump. "New Manga Hop Step Award" with the work Podomakku. Later, while he worked as an assistant, he presented works such as Sengoku No Mikazuki (Crescent Moon in the Warring States) and Rurouni-Meiji Kenkaku Romantan (Meiji Swordsman Romance Story). The serialization of Rurouni Kenshin started in 1994 and concluded in 1999. His hobbies are to draw, read, play video games, read American comic books, and make model figures.
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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; 1st Edition edition (January 14, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591162505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591162506
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #920,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dem_3 on April 20, 2004
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These novels have kept my attention sinse I first picked up #1 at the store. Kenshin is a true feel-good comedy that is NOWHERE near corney. I just fell in love with the wandering samurai from the very beginning, and I have yet to be disappointed with him!
This novel moves right along with the plot that the second volume left off on. It's all about the mysterious and somewhat annoying Miss. Megumi. She may get press all the wrong buttons with everyone else, but Kenshin still refuses to abandon someone who needs his help, AND THAT'S WHY WE LOVE HIM!!
At first Ruroni Kenshin may seem the same as other dime-a-dozen manga series. Only by reading it can you fully realize just how different and refreshing this series really is. It provides you with characters that you like, and storylines that dont insult your intellegence. In my opinion, Kenshin is the best new manga around. Ken-chan definatly has raised the bar of manga standards, and I'm sure glad he did!! If the story keeps going like it has, theres no telling what new levels of greatness it will reach, so don't be left behind!! READ IT!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pandra Selivanov on April 1, 2012
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Warning: SPOILERS!!!!

The series revolves around Kenshin-he is the protagonist and his story takes center stage. But Sanosuke is my favorite character and one of my favorite characters of all time and he gets a lot of attention in this volume. To begin with, the first chapter detailing Saito's attack on Sano is in full-color. That's a little gruesome, as Sano is stabbed and left critically injured and there's a lot of blood, but Watsuki's artwork is, as always, gorgeous. There is a second full-color chapter dealing with Kenshin's meeting with Misao, but it's full-color Sanosuke that gets me.

It's also interesting to see that the anime followed Watsuki's work in this volume so closely. The shot of Sanosuke being found by his friends is exactly the same in the anime, down to the angles. Also the scene of him being treated by Megumi, with Kaoru and Yahiko assisting her, is very close in the anime. That's how good the artwork is-it even translated perfectly to the screen. There's another great section where Sanosuke confronts Saito after he's back on his feet, and the part where Sano meets with Monk Anji and learns the Futae no Kiwami, a powerful fighting technique. There's also a touching scene where the ghost of Captain Sagara, the man Sano admired the most and from whom he took his name, visits Sanosuke.

There's another color chapter towards the end where Kenshin reaches Kyoto, and we meet Makoto Shishio for the first time in this issue. As always, the VizBig edition is just that, BIG, with lots of room for the artwork. There are "Secret Life" sections on various villains and Hajime Saito, who was a real person and is not exactly a villain in Kenshin. Watsuki refers to him as someone who is allied with Kenshin but never becomes his friend.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mom on October 15, 2008
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I bought this book for my daughter. The paper is nice quality, the prints are very crisp and clean. There are some colored prints, but mostly black and white. It is a very good value, since it contains 3 of the original books in one. I am looking forward to buying more for her when they become available
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I've been familiar with Rurouni Kenshin for well over a decade, but it didn't take me until its 20th anniversary to finally check out the series. As it turns out, I've been missing out on one of the best series I've read since Fullmetal Alchemist. Still, better late than never.

The first two books were standalone stories that introduced the major characters and the setting. I found myself intrigued by their individual backstories and how the Bakumatsu directly/indirectly changed their lives. By the time I picked up this book, I became officially hooked on Rurouni Kenshin.

This volume begins the Kyoto arc, the most well-loved story in the series, and it already promises to be a true epic. After a confrontation with Saito Hajime, a rival from the Bakumatsu, Kenshin is informed that his hitokiri successor, Shishio Makoto, plans to destroy the Meiji government and bring the country under his rule. Kenshin is forced to confront him in Kyoto, despite worries from his friends (especially Kaoru) that he may revert back to the manslayer, Himura Battousai. Now, several heroes, villains, and those in between (Aoshi) make their way to the center of the Bakumatsu where they will inevitably clash.

What stood out for me with this volume was how it addressed Kenshin's vow never to kill and how it effects him and his inner circle. In the past three volumes, his friends were almost killed by dangerous people, which could have been avoided if he returned to being the murderous Battousai. Now with Japan itself at risk, it begs the question of what will he do when he does fight Shishio.

There are some great moments from other characters as well.
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Poor Kenshin can't even go out for an innocent night's gambling without something major happening. But that's only the start of the problems in "Rurouni Kenshin Volume 3," in which our goofy yet lethal rurouni finds himself enmeshed in a very unusual situation -- there's a femme fatale in need of help, a lethal superdrug, and a squad of lethal onmitsu. Think "ninja" with a cooler name.

Kaoru is understandably upset when the guys bring Megumi home, especially since Sano claims that they won her in the game. But it's soon obvious that there are more deadly layers to Megumi's troubles -- she's involved with an amoral industrialist and his band of onmitsu, lead by the deadly Aoshi. They're forcing her to produce an ultra-potent variant of opium, for the sake of money.

Of course, it doesn't take long for a few of the onmitsu to make it to the dojo -- one is a masked martial-artist, one throws poisoned darts, and the last is a behemoth with flaming breath. When the industrialist forces Megumi back into his mansion, Kenshin, Sano and Yahiko all set out to free her -- but not only will they have to fight an entire private army, but the onmitsu as well.

And then there's a one-off story about Kenshin, from before the series -- basically about him saving a small family from a creepy man who wants to turn their dojo into a casino. Megumi, Kaoru and Yahiko all show up as siblings, and the art is much more immature, but you can see the roots of the final series.

"Rurouni Kenshin Volume 3" is a pretty grim piece of work -- it's a dark story about drugs, murder, blackmail, greed, and a young woman forced to do something she hates or face the death of her friends.
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