For what it's worth. TL;DR: Watch it now! You will not regret it.
One of the Top Tier anime. It had a reason to be famous*ponders for a while* Come to think of it, this was my FIRST anime. Lucky me. Wait a minute please. *gets nostalgia blast* Okay. Now I'm ready to begin. *ahem*
Told you. Lots of characters. And these are just the main ones.
Story wise. It's not really that complicated. Unlike Angel Beats!! which, despite being a good anime, had a rather confusing story. The anime follows the adventures and life of a soon-to-be-not-alone assassin Kenshin Himura. He's a former assassin who wanders Japan helping those in need as a way to repent for all the people he had killed as an assassin. With every person he saves, he gains back a small part of his innocence. When he arrives in Tokyo, he has a chance encounter with a young lady Kamiya Kaoru, who was pre-occupied with a fight with a murderer who claimed to be Hitokiri Battōsai and a former student of Kaoru's swordsmanship school. He defeats the fake Battōsai with ease and reveals that he is the real Battōsai. Despite this revelation, Kaoru invites Kenshin to stay at her dojo as she notices that Kenshin is actually a kind hearted person. Kenshin accepts and thus begins his life anew.
Kenshin. Himura Kenshin. The person who I suspect is responsible for the populatiry of Katanas.
The character development in this anime is one of the most fantastic and well-thought out I've seen. All of the characters are well-defined in their respective areas and so they're easy to identify. The characters are too numerous for me to describe all of them but I'll say this: They all are very well done. From the moment of their appearance to the end of this anime, all of them effectively contribute to the story. Unlike Angel Beats!!, in which most of the characters were one-sided despite the comic relief they provided. Although, sometimes a sudden character change takes place which seems weird. For example, our main hero, Kenshin constantly transforms from legendary ass kicker to bumbling home caretaker in a awkward fashion.
Unfortunately, as Kenshin is an ex-assassin, that means that he also has a lot of enemies. All of them seeking revenge and the death of Kenshin. Throughout the anime, thugs and assassins are sent to fight Kenshin and in the end, Kenshin comes out victorious. From the very beginning, enemies appear which are skilled in their art of fighting so you always can look forward to an amazing fight scenes. And believe you me, there are a lot of fight scenes. Not too many though, so you're okay to go. Although, this anime does have a bad habit of making friends out of most of the enemies.
The entire anime delivers all aspects of emotion quite well. Even though, it doesn't excel in any particular emotion. The anime is laden with humour while romance and drama elements are used sparingly. The internal conflicts of Kenshin are highly effective in making the person sympathize with Kenshin.
An action anime lovingly made with fantastic characters and amazing fight scenes. This is must watch for everyone.
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