Kenshin Himura (formerly Shinta)
Himura Kenshin (緋 村 剣 心, Himura Kenshin ? ), also known as Kenshin Himura in the American English dub, is a fictional character from the Rurouni Kenshin universe created by Nobuhiro Watsuki. He is the main hero of the series and has developed into media franchise, which consists of a series of manga, anime, original video animations, movies, soundtracks, video games, and other collectibles.
When creating Kenshin, Watsuki designed him to be the physical opposite of Hiko Seijuro the character that appears in Watsuki 's first one-shot manga, Crescent Moon in the Warring States, and later in Rurouni Kenshin to his swordsmanship teacher.
Set in a fictional version of Japan, during the pre - Meiji period, Kenshin is a former legendary assassin/serial killer known as " Hitokiri Battōsai " (人 斬 り 抜 刀 斎, " Hitokiri Battōsai " ? ) .
At the end of the Bakumatsu, he passe the wandering male samurai, now wielding a sakabato, the katana that has the cutting edge on the inwardly curved side of the sword, thus well-being nearly incapable of killing his victims. Kenshin wanders the countryside of Japan offering protection and aid to those in need, the atonement for the murders he once committed to as an assassin. In Tokyo, he meets a young woman named Kamiya Kaoru, who invites him to live in her dojo, despite learning about Kenshin 's past. Throughout the series, Kenshin begins to establish himself lifelong relationships with many people, including ex - enemies, while dealing with his fair share of enemies, new and old. Through these encounters and relationships, Kenshin begins to find true atonement for his past enabling him to fully conquer his murderous nature.
By the series end, he has found true peace and contentment to the husband and the father of Kaoru of their son named Kenji.
Kenshin's character was well received by fans with his holding the top spot in all reader popularity polls for the series. Critics of the series Praised his personality, though some complained about his development during the anime OVA series, which differs from the manga. A variety of collectibles based around Kenshin have been created, including figurines, key chains, plush toys, and replicas of his sakabatou sword.