The beloved landmark tale of a Meiji-era swordsman's quest for redemption. Action, romance, and historical intrigue help make Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin, the tale of a wandering swordsman set against the backdrop of the Meiji Restoration, one of the most popular manga titles of all time. Himura Kenshin, once an assassin of ferocious power, now fights to protect the honor of those in need. One hundred and forty years ago in Kyoto, with the coming of the American "Black Ships," there arose a warrior who, felling men with his bloodstained blade, gained the name Hitokiri, or Manslayer! His killer blade helped close the turbulent Bakumatsu era and slashed open the progressive Meiji period. Then he vanished and, with the flow of years, became legend. This is his tale of redemption.