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Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story by Nobuhiro Watsuki is a Japanese graphic novel (or manga) which takes place during the Meiji era of Japan (in the mid 1800s). Rurouni Kenshin is a story filled with sword fighting, even though the main character would prefer not to fight at all. This first volume introduces many of the characters that will remain throughout the entire 28 book series. Rated for older teens (16+) though it may be, this series isn’t anywhere near as bad in the violence department as some that I’ve seen. The art is very well drawn, and even the action sequences are easy to follow. I really enjoy the storyline. The first section really sucked me in. I had a lot of trouble putting the book down. Luckily, manga reads faster that traditional books. Unluckily, one must go in search of book two if one wants to find out what happens next.

The author helpfully includes some historical notes to explain where some of the ideas for his characters came from. My favorite character is the title character, Himura Kenshin. On the one hand he is a seemingly relaxed mellow guy, on the other hand he is a very scary warrior. So, it’s advised not to try and hurt his friends. (Just so you know.) With the possibility for romance in the future, and ever more dangerous foes appearing (and a few new friends), I have a feeling that I will be reading each new volume as soon as I can get my hands on it.

(Place a hold on Rurouni Kenshin to see if you agree with my review.)

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