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The Best Episodes of Rurouni Kenshin

Every episode of Rurouni Kenshin ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Rurouni Kenshin!

The Meiji Era was one of great renewal for Japan, where swords and killing were outlawed. However, many survivors from the time of Revolution still live, lurking in the shadows and waiting for a chance to use their killing blades again. Only Kenshin Himura, formerly one of the most brutal of killers, hopes to keep his swordsman's honor and still live in the new era.

Genres:Action & AdventureAnimationComedy
Network:Fuji TV

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The best episode of "Rurouni Kenshin" is "A Devil of Vengeance: Makoto Shishio's Plot", rated 9/10 from 218 user votes. It was directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi and written by Michiru Shimada. "A Devil of Vengeance: Makoto Shishio's Plot" aired on 11/13/1996 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Between Life and Death: Master the Ultimate Technique, Amakakeru Ryu no Hikameki!".

  • A Devil of Vengeance: Makoto Shishio's Plot
    9.0/10 218 votes

    #1 - A Devil of Vengeance: Makoto Shishio's Plot

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 1996-11-13

    After stopping a fatal battle with Hajime Saito, a top government official asks Kenshin's help in killing a shadowy assassin who's threatening the future of the regime.

    Director: Kazuhiro Furuhashi

    Writer: Michiru Shimada

  • Between Life and Death: Master the Ultimate Technique, Amakakeru Ryu no Hikameki!
    8.9/10 194 votes

    #2 - Between Life and Death: Master the Ultimate Technique, Amakakeru Ryu no Hikameki!

    Season 2 Episode 16 - Aired 1997-03-12

    As Kenshin struggles to learn, Sijuro teaches him the most secret of his fighting techniques. And though Kenshin doesn't want to kill, it's inevitable if he is to beat Shishio. Meanwhile, Sanosuke is arrested during his search for Kenshin.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Strongest Opponent From the Past: Merciless Fangs Strike!
    8.8/10 178 votes

    #3 - Strongest Opponent From the Past: Merciless Fangs Strike!

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 1996-11-06

    Saito sets a trap for Kenshin by enlisting another assassin in his plan. And once Kenshin repels the accomplice, he's left to take on his old rival.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • A Wish Unrequited: Kenshin Departs
    8.7/10 172 votes

    #4 - A Wish Unrequited: Kenshin Departs

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 1996-11-27

    While preparing to give his decision on helping to kill Shishio, Kenshin learns of the Home Minister's murder.

    Director: Kazuhiro Furuhashi

    Writer: Michiru Shimada

  • The Man Who is Chosen for Victory
    8.7/10 157 votes

    #5 - The Man Who is Chosen for Victory

    Season 2 Episode 33 - Aired 1997-09-03

    Kenshin's final effort to win the ultimate battle ends with Shishio destroying himself. But in the wake of Kenshin's victory, Shishio's closest aide vows revenge.

    Director: Kazuhiro Furuhashi

    Writer: Yoshiyuki Suga

  • Reborn to Salvation: The Beginning of Anji’s New Life
    8.5/10 145 votes

    #6 - Reborn to Salvation: The Beginning of Anji’s New Life

    Season 2 Episode 21 - Aired 1997-05-14

    During his battle with Sanosuke, the fallen monk recalls how his hatred was born during an anti-Buddhist movement.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Age Chooses Shishio?
    8.5/10 142 votes

    #7 - The Age Chooses Shishio?

    Season 2 Episode 31 - Aired 1997-08-13

    In their long awaited battle, Kenshin and Shishio compare ideologies as well as fighting techniques. But once Shishio uses gunpowder to gain the upper hand, it looks like Kenshin is doomed.

    Director: Akira Yoshimura

    Writer: Yoshiyuki Suga

  • Prelude to the Impending Fight: The Shadow of the Wolf Draws Near
    8.4/10 163 votes

    #8 - Prelude to the Impending Fight: The Shadow of the Wolf Draws Near

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 1996-10-30

    A persistent nightmare comes true when Kenshin's old enemy, the former leader of a shadowy anti-Royalist organization, is hired to assassinate him.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Tragedy of a Stormy Night
    8.4/10 138 votes

    #9 - The Tragedy of a Stormy Night

    Season 2 Episode 28 - Aired 1997-07-09

    In an effort to explain Souijuro's emotionless posture, Kenshin recalls how the young assassin was rescued from a life of slavery and then taught to fight by Shishio.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Across the Boundary Between Edo and Meiji: Kenshin and Shishio Face to Face!
    8.3/10 139 votes

    #10 - Across the Boundary Between Edo and Meiji: Kenshin and Shishio Face to Face!

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 1997-01-22

    Leaving Misao behind, Kenshin and Saito make their way inside Shishio's fortress. Following a confrontation with one of his most powerful henchmen, Kenshin is ready to take on Shishio himself.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Shock! The Reverse-Blade is Broken: Sojiro's Tenken verses Kenshin
    8.3/10 132 votes

    #11 - Shock! The Reverse-Blade is Broken: Sojiro's Tenken verses Kenshin

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 1997-01-29

    Following Kenshin's defeat of the giant Senkaku, Shishio pits him against the young, emotionless assassin responsible for the Home Minister's murder.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Wolf Destroys the Eye of the Heart: The Fierce Attack of the Zero Stance Gatotsu
    8.3/10 131 votes

    #12 - The Wolf Destroys the Eye of the Heart: The Fierce Attack of the Zero Stance Gatotsu

    Season 2 Episode 22 - Aired 1997-05-28

    In his defeat of Usui, Saito exposes the blind warrior's plot to kill Shishio. And while Kaoru, Yahiko and Misao are preparing to defend themselves from an ambush, Kenshin readies for his fight against Aoshi.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Not Out of Luck!
    8.3/10 137 votes

    #13 - Not Out of Luck!

    Season 2 Episode 32 - Aired 1997-08-20

    As Aoshi tries to stop a takeover of the country, Kenshin poses Shishio with his greatest challenge. In his defeat of Usui, Saito exposes the blind warrior's plot to kill Shishio.

    Director: Koichi Chigira

    Writer: Yoshiyuki Suga

  • Farewell, the Strongest Men: The Clash of Light and Shadow
    8.2/10 173 votes

    #14 - Farewell, the Strongest Men: The Clash of Light and Shadow

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 1996-04-24

    Kenshin defeats a local mob's most powerful fighter, only to then face a gang leader who's determined to spread powerful new guns across Japan.

    Director: Takashi Kobayashi

    Writer: N/A

  • Midnight Battle: Kenshin versus Sanosuke Revisited
    8.2/10 149 votes

    #15 - Midnight Battle: Kenshin versus Sanosuke Revisited

    Season 1 Episode 24 - Aired 1996-08-21

    Following a lavish party at the dojo, Sanosuke can no longer resist joining his old army troop's plot to punish the government. However, in an effort to stop them, Kenshin is forced to take on Sanosuke.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • A Killer Without Mercy: Fight to the Death Against the Cho of the Juppongatana
    8.2/10 142 votes

    #16 - A Killer Without Mercy: Fight to the Death Against the Cho of the Juppongatana

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 1997-02-19

    After watching an unarmed Kenshin bravely defend himself, Shakkuu Arai's only chance at saving his own son is to deliver his father's final reverse edge sword.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Crash! The Lethal Punch, Futae no Kiwami: The Fist of Sonosuke Screams!
    8.2/10 130 votes

    #17 - Crash! The Lethal Punch, Futae no Kiwami: The Fist of Sonosuke Screams!

    Season 2 Episode 20 - Aired 1997-04-30

    As Shishio prepares for battle, a henchmen suggests a plan to weaken Kenshin and his forces, ridding them of any opposition once and for all. As the moment of truth draws near, Sanosuke is pitted against Anji.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Hiten versus Shukuchi
    8.2/10 129 votes

    #18 - Hiten versus Shukuchi

    Season 2 Episode 27 - Aired 1997-07-02

    As Sanosuke looks on, Kenshin goes to battle with Souijuro, the emotionless assassin responsible for breaking his sword. Though Shishio is confident of the young warrior's ability, Kenshin may be able to win without having to resort to killing.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • A Duel With an Extreme Moment
    8.2/10 132 votes

    #19 - A Duel With an Extreme Moment

    Season 2 Episode 29 - Aired 1997-07-16

    In the face of Kenshin's probing questions, Souijuro's concentration is broken. In defeat, the young assassin returns his prized sword to Shishio, warning him of the danger that lays ahead.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Sanosuke's Secret Training: The Challenge of Anji the Destroyer
    8.1/10 131 votes

    #20 - Sanosuke's Secret Training: The Challenge of Anji the Destroyer

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 1997-02-05

    As Kaoru and Yahiko continue tracking Kenshin, Sanosuke encounters a fallen Buddhist monk who offers to teach him some powerful fighting techniques.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Ultimate Technique of the Hiten-Mitsurugi Style: Reunion with a Mentor, Seijuro Hiko
    8.1/10 132 votes

    #21 - The Ultimate Technique of the Hiten-Mitsurugi Style: Reunion with a Mentor, Seijuro Hiko

    Season 2 Episode 14 - Aired 1997-02-26

    To prepare for Shishio, Kenshin asks a former teacher to help him master the last of his fighting techniques. However, Kenshin is distracted when Kaoru and Yahiko finally catch up with him after their long journey.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Formation of an Alliance: The Day When Aoshi Joins with Shishio
    8.1/10 129 votes

    #22 - The Formation of an Alliance: The Day When Aoshi Joins with Shishio

    Season 2 Episode 15 - Aired 1997-03-05

    Although Misao is excited by the return of her mentor and hero, she's stunned to discover that Aoshi has betrayed one of their closest friends.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Promised Time Has Come: Aoshi and Kenshin Fight Again
    8.1/10 129 votes

    #23 - The Promised Time Has Come: Aoshi and Kenshin Fight Again

    Season 2 Episode 23 - Aired 1997-06-04

    Kenshin sets out to honor his promises to both fight Aoshi and bring him back alive to Misao.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Wake Up Now! Ignore Your Wounds and Fight to the Finish
    8.1/10 127 votes

    #24 - Wake Up Now! Ignore Your Wounds and Fight to the Finish

    Season 2 Episode 24 - Aired 1997-06-11

    Following his defeat by Kenshin, Aoshi vows to renounce Shishio. And while Shishio looks for clues to help in his impending fight with Kenshin, Kaoru, Yahiko and Misao fight to stay alive.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Giant Versus Superman: Like an Arrow Shot at a Time of Despair
    8.1/10 131 votes

    #25 - The Giant Versus Superman: Like an Arrow Shot at a Time of Despair

    Season 2 Episode 26 - Aired 1997-06-25

    Despite the overwhelming odds, Kaoru, Yahiko and Misao continue to face warriors sent to eliminate them. But it's the arrival of Kenshin's teacher that turns the tide in their favor.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A