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Product Details

  • Series: Rurouni Kenshin (Book 8)
  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (December 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142152080X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421520803
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nobuhiro Watsuki earned international accolades for his first major manga series, Rurouni Kenshin, about a wandering swordsman in Meiji Era Japan. Serialized in Japan's Weekly Shonen Jump from 1994 to 1999, Rurouni Kenshin quickly became a worldwide sensation, inspiring a spin-off short story ("Yahiko no Sakabato"), an animated TV series, and several animated movies. Watsuki's latest series, Buso Renkin, also available in English from VIZ Media, began publication in Weekly Shonen Jump in June 2003.

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My daughter reads theses books and she loves them all.
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The quality of story and artistry surpasses most others I have come across.
Albert Fu
I personally cannot wait for volume 9 to come out in March!!!
Spencer Precourt

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spencer Precourt on February 3, 2010
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Nobuhiro Watsuki is a true mangaka! Rurouni Kenshin is a brilliant story with a deep plot, memorable characters, and all of the artwork found within the series is amazing!!! If you haven't read Kenshin, you owe it to yourself to start from volume 1. If you have read Kenshin, you owe it to yourself to complete the series. I personally cannot wait for volume 9 to come out in March!!! Read it. You'll enjoy it!!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By worldwearytraveler on November 24, 2012
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This is my favorite manga series i've ever read, and this volume and the previous one can be pointed to as to why. Having read and own the entire series, I can say that as much as I love the Kyoto arc for it's epic scale and a battle that lives up to it's awesome build-up (Kenshin vs. Shishio), this arc, the "Enishi and Tomoe" arc, is my favorite arc in the entire story.

This volume picks up right after the beginning of the attack on Kamiya Dojo, with Gein preparing to battle Kenshin, Inui and Sanosuke facing off, and Kenshin leaving Yahiko in charge of fighting Otowa. Needless to say, all three of these battles are both exciting and yield excellent character development for our three intrepid heroes, expecially Yahiko, who manages to use the secret Kamiya-Kasshin Ryu secret to defeat Otowa, something even Karou hasn't been able to pull off in battle yet.

After the conclusion of these fights and one involving the strangest character yet (a guy with super-long limbs and an reallly long left arm) and my favorite side-character Saito, we finally get to the battle between Kenshin and Enishi. Of course, after seeing the titanic clash between Kenshin and Shishio, I didn't expect this bfight to amount to much; after all, how could this guy be stronger than Shishio? Lo and behold, I was wrong. After a pitched battle where Enishi is able to counter most any move Kenshin sends his way, and taunting Kenshin all the while, Enishi becomes the first person in the entire series to defeat Kenshin's final move, the Dragon Flight of Heaven. Yep, he actually beats Kenshin.

What happens next.....well... even though I've engaged in spoilers already, I don't want to spoil what happens next, because the first time I read it, it shocked me and broke my heart.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Albert Fu on April 18, 2013
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Rurouni Kenshin is one of my favorite mangas ever. Action and drama with a little bit of romance. The manga surpasses the anime. As a fan of both anime and fans, I would highly recommend this manga series. The quality of story and artistry surpasses most others I have come across. While it’s a series that’s been finished for over a decade, it’s amazing by any standards.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mugiwara No Morpheus on January 24, 2013
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intro/synopsis*
Rurouni Kenshin, a samurai or chanbara チャンバラ (Sword fighting) manga written and illustrated by Nobuhiro Watsuki, was published every week from 1994-1999 in the pages of manga anthology Weekly Shōnen Jump (home of mega hits Dragonball, One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach). Set during the Meiji era of Japan; The end of the samurai/Shogunate rule, and the beginning of the industrial revolution/meiji empire. While the story has some pretense of using historical events and characters, this series is almost entirely fictitious, (save for a few characters and locations). Following the legendary exploits of (fictional) assassin Himura Kenshin, the story starts 10 years after the Bakumatsu war, Kenshin has given up the life of a murderer to wander Japan helping those in need. The series was extremely popular in japan, spawning a tv series,2 animated films, 2 OVA's, a live action film, some light novels, and much more. Fans of One Piece will find Kenshin notable, as series author Eiichiro Oda cut his teeth as an assistant under Watsuki, being mentored while helping work on Kenshin.

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This Vizbig Edition picks up immediately after the conclusion of Rurouni Kenshin, Vol. 7, Vizbig Edition (Rurouni Kenshin Vizbig Edition). Our protagonists look to defend against the revenge set out against Kenshin and his allies, but the odds are stacked against them. The majority of this book is dedicated to to straight battle action. Not veering too far from what we've seen to this point, the characters all illustrate their growth in mental and physical strength.... except Kaouru('e_e).
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