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Being one of the globally successful anime and a finalist to American Anime Awards, it’s tough to say goodbye to Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan. You still have that craze to watch it all over again. But what if there are other anime to give you a similar taste? Take a pause and reflect on your thoughts on these five anime.
7. Pīsu Meikā Kurogane (Peacemaker Kurogane)
Both the shows are samurai-centered and the setting is in similar time periods. Also, you may also find some overlapping characters in both the series. There’s also a perfect blend of action-comedy.
In Peace Maker Kurogane, the story revolves around a 15-year-old Tetsunosuke Ichimura, who is short yet energetic. After their parents’ murder, he and his brother are left on their own. While Tetsunosuke is burning for revenge, his brother declines the hatred and wants to move ahead in life.
He decides to become a member of Shinsengumi. However, he lacks practical skills and a strong mindset to fight his opponents. Determined to take his revenge, he struggles and goes through trials and tribulations to become a better fighter. He also develops bonds with all the renowned members of the Shinsengumi army.
The anime shows how Tetsunosuke works night and day to know himself better and understand the importance of power he is aiming for. Together with his brother, he embarks on a journey that’ll give him more than just a strong will for revenge.
6. Samurai Champloo
In both the anime, each samurai has its unique style. They look for aids to fulfill their aims. They aren’t the average fighters and are intensely skilled to retain their goals.
In Samurai Champloo, the anime starts with a young yet clumsy waitress, Fuu Kasumi, who spends peaceful days working for a teahouse. One day, she accidentally spills a drink over one of the customers. As a result, a group of samurai starts to harass her, she calls Mugen, another samurai, for help. He effortlessly defeats all with her wild fighting style.
Mugen’s winning streak stops when he comes across Ronin Jin, who is extremely precise and a master of swordsmanship. They end up knocking down the whole shop. In the fight, they unwillingly also kill the magistrate’s son.
Both the samurais are sent for execution but are rescued by Fuu on time. In return for their escape, Fuu hires them as her bodyguards. She no longer has any job or a place to live. She now wants to find a samurai who smells of sunflowers. The duo reluctantly accepts to help in her quest.
The setting is an alternative history, where humanity is under attack by aliens called “Amanto”. Though samurai is determined to defend the planet Earth, shogun (a military man) bows down to the aliens’ power.
The anime focuses on an unconventional samurai Gintoki Sakata, who is a freelancer doing odd-jobs. One day, he saves Shinpachi Shimura’s sister Tae from an alien group who was forcing her into a skin business. Awed by Gintoki’s skills, Shinpachi decides to become his freelance apprentice.
Later, they rescue a young alien girl, Kagura from a criminal organization. Now, three of them together work as freelancers and are called Yorozuya (which means “The Anything Store” or “We do everything”).
The series is basically episodic, but Shinsuke Takasugi, Gintoki’s ex-comrade, plays the antagonist role in almost all the episodes. Later in the series, the immortal Utsuro is introduced who turns out to be the real villain.
4. Hakuouki: Shinsengumi Kitan (Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom)
The story is set in Japan, 1864. Chizuru Yukimura, a young woman, is looking for her missing father, who is a doctor and often works away from home. She disguises herself as a man and moves to Kyoto to look for him.
Her search takes a halt when a samurai gets attracted to her. She tries to escape but then notices how the samurai is murdered by white-haired men. The members of the Shinsengumi arrive. They tie Chizuru and take her to their headquarters to decide if she should live or die.
However, when she explains her aim and tells her father’s name, the Shinsengumi decide to let her live as they too are looking for him. It is revealed that Chizuru’s father developed an elixir “Water of Life” which can anyone who drinks it, into invisible bloodthirsty warriors, better-called Rasetsu.
As time passes, they confront a mysterious group of demons called One. Later, it is revealed that Chizuru is also an Oni in reality.
The anime is centered around a man named “Vash the Stampede”, who has a sixty billion double dollar bounty on his head. Vash is a cruel villain as he is known to destroy all those who try to oppose him. He has also created havoc in the city for fun. Due to this, he is also called the “The Humanoid Typhoon”.
He leaves traces of destruction everywhere he goes. In fact, anyone who makes eye contact with him can consider themselves dead. On the other head, Vash actually claims himself to be soft-hearted, who has never hurt even a single being and stays away from violence in every manner possible.
The story also follows two Insurance Society employees Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson, who are in the hunt for Vash to minimize the damages. In reality, most of the destruction is caused by the bounty hunters who want to win the bounty put on Vas’s head.
In a drastic turn of events, it is revealed that Vash has retrograde amnesia and he can’t recall the damages he did to the city. As the story moves ahead, many surprising revelations are shown about Vash’s past and also about the history of the planet Gunsmoke’s civilization.
2. Juubee Ninpuuchou (Ninja Scroll)
The anime was released in 1993 and 2003 with two different plots. In 1993 anime, Jubei Kibagami is a wanderer after a sad past left him masterless. However, his vagabond days soon come to an end when he saves a lady ninja Kagero from a man whose body is as hard as a stone.
Now, he is given a mission to inquire about the mysterious plague that has dismantled an entire village. He is forced to accept this offer due to the interference of the stone-like man’s allies. These people are known to have uncanny magic abilities called the Devils of Kimon.
The situation turns more hopeless when a government agent poisons Jubei and promises him to provide an antidote only when he discovers the secrets of the Devils of Kimon. As the story progresses, Jubei meets with people from his past that he never expected to see again.
In 2003 anime, Jubei Kinagami is a nomad ninja. Despite being a master samurai, he wants to live the life of a recluse. But his peaceful days all come to end when he gets involved in a fight between the Kimon and Hiruko clan. Later, one of the Hiruko members gives him a Dragon Stone, which needs to be delivered to the Light Maiden, Shigure. An adventure begins for him anew in a style that may remind you of Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan.
1. Samurai Deeper Kyo
The background of the anime is set in the year 1600. There’s a fierce battle happening at the battlefield of Sekigahara between two legendary swordsmen. One is Kyoushirou Mibu, a noble warrior endowed with the mythical powers of the Mibu clan. Another is “Demon Eyes” Kyou, who is known as the thousand-man slayer having eyes and hair of blood-red color.
however, their fights end without a conclusion when a meteor falls down on the battlefield, causing both of them to vanish in an instant.
Samurai Deeper Kyo commences after four years of the battle. Yuya Shiina is a gun-wielding bounty hunter who catches a perverted, medicine man Kyoushirou. Kyoushirou has a large bounty on his head due to his large debts.
Yuya is on her way to claim the bounty when they are ambushed by a barbaric monster. This encounters causes “Demon Eyes” Kyou to awake inside Kyoushirou’s body. Thus, the anime begins to recite the legendary story of two swordsmen and their past revelations.
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