The BEST episodes directed by Kaeko Sakamoto

Between Life and Death: Master the Ultimate Technique, Amakakeru Ryu no Hirameki!
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9.11
161 votes

#1 - Between Life and Death: Master the Ultimate Technique, Amakakeru Ryu no Hirameki!

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 2 - Episode 16

The episode starts off with Seijuro Hiko remembering the past about when he first met Kenshin and while they were continuing the training Kenshin finally proves himself worthy of learning the final technique, so Hiko begins to start by teaching him the Kuzu-ryusen, a technique where it will hit 9 targets of martial arts at one time. Then Hiko instructs Kenshin to try the attack. Kenshin uses the attack flawlessly but Hiko performed one of his own and the end result is that Kenshin lost this skirmish due to his lacking in weight and size. Then after learning this Hiko proclaims "you must defeat this technique with the ultimate attack". After much worry about his friends Kenshin finally looks within himself for what he was missing in life and learns the ultimate technique, the Amakakeru Ryu No Hirameki, which is the will to live, said to be "stronger than anything". Though he has to pay a very high price.

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The Strongest Opponent From the Past: Merciless Fangs Strike!
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9.02
165 votes

#2 - The Strongest Opponent From the Past: Merciless Fangs Strike!

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 2 - Episode 2

Sanosuke is beginning to recover from the wounds inflicted by Saito, but Kenshin's mind is greatly disturbed. Akamatsu, another assassin hired by the same man who is paying Saito fights Kenshin by drawing him out but loses to Kenshin while Saito arrives at the dojo using his status as a policeman to gain entrance. Kenshin and Saito begin to fight, despite Kaoru's attempt to stop them as she begs Kenshin not to revert to his Battousai persona.

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Prelude to the Impending Fight: The Shadow of the Wolf Draws Near
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8.99
225 votes

#3 - Prelude to the Impending Fight: The Shadow of the Wolf Draws Near

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 2 - Episode 1

The Kenshin-gumi's brief period of peace is interrupted by the presence of former Shinsengumi captain Saito Hajime - now using the name of Fujita Goro and working for the Tokyo police - stirs up some of Kenshin's bloodiest memories of the Bakumatsu. Saito arrives at the Kamiya dojo disguised as a medicine seller and fights Sanosuke, injuring him severely in the process.

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Reborn to Salvation: The Beginning of Anji's New Life
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8.87
160 votes

#4 - Reborn to Salvation: The Beginning of Anji's New Life

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 2 - Episode 21

Anji and Sanosuke continue their duel, and Anji is reborn to salvation after talking about his past and being convinced by Sanosuke and the memories from the people of his past that he was doing the wrong thing all these years by being a destroyer. Kenshin and Saito continue on ahead to fight Usui, the second challenger of the Jupongottana.

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The Giant Versus Superman: Like an Arrow Shot at a Time of Despair!
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8.83
160 votes

#5 - The Giant Versus Superman: Like an Arrow Shot at a Time of Despair!

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 2 - Episode 26

Just when all hope seems lost, Seijuro Hiko shows up and fights Fuji. He talks to Fuji and makes he realize that he was being used and ask for a fair fight. He defeats Fuji with the Kuzu Ryu Sen. The Aoiya is safe from harm, but Kenshin still has to fight Sojiro in order to fight Shishio himself.

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A Killer Without Mercy: Fight to the Death Against Cho of the Juppongatana
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8.74
164 votes

#6 - A Killer Without Mercy: Fight to the Death Against Cho of the Juppongatana

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 2 - Episode 13

Kenshin finds Sawagejo Cho has kidnapped the child of Shakku's son in order to obtain Shakku's final work for himself. Kenshin is forced to choose between keeping his vow not to kill and saving the baby, deciding to save the child and draw the sword he has been given. However, just when it seems he has broken his vow and killed Cho, it is revealed that the sword he is holding is Shakku's final work, Shinuchi, a sakabato, and Cho is merely stunned. Kenshin then leaves to find his master, Hiko Seijuro, in order to learn the final technique of Hiten Misturugi-Ryu.

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Across the Boundary Between Edo and Meiji: Kenshin and Shishio Face to Face!
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8.71
165 votes

#7 - Across the Boundary Between Edo and Meiji: Kenshin and Shishio Face to Face!

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 2 - Episode 9

Kenshin and Senkaku fight, and Kenshin wins with ease. Misao and Eiji make their way up to the same mansion in an attempt to defeat Senkaku for themselves.

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Crash! The Lethal Punch, Futae no Kiwami: The Fist of Sanosuke Screams
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8.69
161 votes

#8 - Crash! The Lethal Punch, Futae no Kiwami: The Fist of Sanosuke Screams

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 2 - Episode 20

Sanosuke, Saito, and Kenshin journey to Mount Hiei at the Shrine of the Six Arches to settle the score with Shishio. The first challenger of the Juppongottana in the shrine is Anji the Destroyer, the man who taught Sanosuke the basics of the Futae no Kiwami. Anji and Sanosuke duel, and Sanosuke uses a Futae no Kiwami attack at full power, called the Kiwami Hazuchi, and knocks Anji down. Sanosuke thinks he is dead, until he gets back up more angry than ever.

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Sanosuke's Secret Training: The Challenge of Anji, the Destroyer
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8.67
161 votes

#9 - Sanosuke's Secret Training: The Challenge of Anji, the Destroyer

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 2 - Episode 11

Sanosuke gets lost in a forest. He finds a monk there that goes by the name of Anji. Anji gives Sanosuke some food. Sanosuke ends up convincing Anji to teach him how to use the Futae no Kiwami, a very destructive punch (so destructive that it can completely pulverize huge boulders into dust with a single punch). Sanosuke has one week to learn it or Anji will kill him. Sanosuke finally learns it, and then leaves for Kyoto.

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The Devil of Vengeance: Makoto Shishio's Plot!
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8.58
193 votes

#10 - The Devil of Vengeance: Makoto Shishio's Plot!

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 2 - Episode 3

The battle between Kenshin and Saito continues after Kenshin is stabbed by Saito's Gatotsu Sanshiki. Kaoru is frightened to see Kenshin's Battousai persona begin to emerge and begins to lose hope that she will ever see the gentle Rurouni again. However, one of Saito's superiors appears and stops the fight just as it is reaching a climax and Kenshin returns to normal after punching himself in the face. Okubo explains to Kenshin that Shishio Makoto, the man who took over Kenshin's position as the Shadow Hitokiri for the Ishinshishi survived being burned alive and has begun gathering an army to overthrow the government, and hopes that Kenshin can defeat him, with the threat of Megumi being turned in for opium manufacture unless he complies. Megumi states she would rather die that be used as a pawn against Kenshin, and he is given a deadline upon which to decide.

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The Tragedy of a Stormy Night: Sojiro's Past
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8.57
157 votes

#11 - The Tragedy of a Stormy Night: Sojiro's Past

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 2 - Episode 28

While Sojiro is occupied by constantly re-tieing his shoe, he thinks of the moments of his past, and all of the bad stuff that happened in it. Sojiro's past is shown throughout the entire episode. Sojiro's family never loved him, and only wanted him so they could use him. They made him carry hundreds of buckets of rice, and when Sojiro returns a bucket of rice to his house, one of Sojiro's family members breaks the bucket on purpose. Then, another person who likes to cause Sojiro trouble and use him, named Yanosuke, calls out his father who is inside, blaming Sojiro for breaking the bucket. He then meets Makoto Shishio, whom spared his life. Shishio gave him a Wakizashi sword. When his family has cornered him, he murders them with this sword. Then, Sojiro follows Shishio, as Shishio tells Sojiro that he will become strong.

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Hiten Versus Shikuchi! Sojiro's Inborn Talent
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8.57
156 votes

#12 - Hiten Versus Shikuchi! Sojiro's Inborn Talent

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 2 - Episode 27

Sojiro and Kenshin have their second duel, since the one in Shingetsu Village was never finished. Sojiro shows Kenshin the Shukuchi attack, an attack that brings him to his opponent in an instant, because he uses powerful legwork. Kenshin manages to get himself pretty wounded in the fight, and Sojiro hasn't even gotten hit once. He even dodges the Kuzu Ryu Sen, an attack Hiko said was unblockable.

To Make a Miracle: The Battle at the Aoiya
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8.56
155 votes

#13 - To Make a Miracle: The Battle at the Aoiya

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 2 - Episode 25

The battle at the Aoiya continues, as Iwanbo, Henya, and Kamatari fight against the Oniwaban Group and Yahiko and Kaoru. Yahiko manages to defeat Henya, after being almost killed by his Hikku Happa attack. After that, Kamatari, Kaoru, and Misao fight. Misao gets crushed ribs in the fight against Kamatari, and is unable to continue until she wakes up from a dream of Hannya, and she and Kaoru defeat Kamatari through a combined effort. It seems like they have won, until two other Juppongatana members, Fuji and Saitsuchi, appear. Things are not looking good for the ones who remained at the Aoiya.

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The Ultimate Technique of the Hiten Mitsurugi Style: Reunion with a Mentor, Seijuro Hiko
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8.50
163 votes

#14 - The Ultimate Technique of the Hiten Mitsurugi Style: Reunion with a Mentor, Seijuro Hiko

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 2 - Episode 14

Kenshin finds his master Hiko Seijuro living as a potter near Kyoto, but Hiko is initially unwilling to take Kenshin back due to his walking out to join the Revolution. Yahiko and Kaoru meet Misao in Kyoto after learning that she saw Kenshin leaving, and later leads the grateful pair to him after they meet Okina at the Aoi-Ya. Kenshin seems initially upset at the sight of Kaoru, but later replies he is only "half" angry. They leave Kenshin to train, and on the way Misao's affiliation with the Oniwabanshu is revealed as well as the fact that she does not know of the fate of Aoshi's group in Edo.

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Shock! The Reverse Blade Sword Broken: Sojiro's Tenken Versus Kenshin
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8.48
158 votes

#15 - Shock! The Reverse Blade Sword Broken: Sojiro's Tenken Versus Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 2 - Episode 10

Shishio is then challenged by Kenshin, but Shishio refuses to accept, saying that Kenshin is weak as a wanderer, and that even if there were 100 of him, Kenshin could not defeat Shishio as Kenshin is now. Shishio tells Sojiro, his right hand man, to fight Kenshin instead. Shishio and Yumi leave the mansion. Sojiro and Kenshin both use the battojutsu drawing technique. Kenshin's sword is broken in two, and Shishio's Nagasoni Kotetsu, which he gave to Sojiro to fight Kenshin with, is also severely damaged. Sojiro leaves the mansion, telling Kenshin to get a new sword before they meet again.

The Creator of the Reverse Blade: Shakku Arai's Final Swing
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8.47
164 votes

#16 - The Creator of the Reverse Blade: Shakku Arai's Final Swing

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 2 - Episode 12

Kenshin and Misao make it to Kyoto. There, they meet Okina and four other members of the Oniwaban Group. Okina knows Kenshin is the legendary Battousai the Manslayer the moment he lays eyes on him. Kenshin goes to see Sekku Arai, Shakku Arai's son (Shakku was the one who made Kenshin's Reverse Blade Sword that broke) to get a new Reverse Blade Sword. Sekku refuses, saying that this is a time of peace, and that the samurai have all thrown their swords away. Later, Chou the Swordhunter of the Jupongottana abducts Iori, Sekku's baby son. Kenshin demands that Chou release Iori.

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A Duel with an Extreme Moment! Shuntensatsu Versus Amakakeru Ryu no Hirameki
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8.46
155 votes

#17 - A Duel with an Extreme Moment! Shuntensatsu Versus Amakakeru Ryu no Hirameki

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 2 - Episode 29

Continuing from the last episode, Sojiro thinks about his past a little bit more, and thinks of Shishio's "survival of the fittest", and Kenshin's way of not killing people. Sojiro gets very confused, not knowing which person to believe, and he suddenly breaks down during the fight. He goes crazy, and tells Kenshin that he is only getting in his way, and that the very fact that he's in the room makes him ticked off. Sojiro then fights Kenshin at his full strength, using an attack he named the Shu Ten Satsu its a combination of the shukchi speed and the Battojutsu of the tenken. Then they both do a Battojutsu stance. Kenshin emerges victorious by using his ultimate attack, the Amakakeru Ryu no Hirameki on him. Sojiro then tells Yumi to return his Wakizashi to Shishio, and also gives Yumi the details of Kenshin's ultimate attack, as a parting gift Sojiro leaves Shishio's side forever, and Kenshin and the others make their way to the final battle with Makoto Shishio.

Conquered Village: The Grasp of Shishio's Hands
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8.43
159 votes

#18 - Conquered Village: The Grasp of Shishio's Hands

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 2 - Episode 8

Along the way to Kyoto, Kenshin and Misao come across a nearly dead man with his little brother in his arms, Eiji Mishima. The man dies, and Eiji wants to avenge his brother's death by killing Senkaku, the man who slayed his elder brother. Kenshin, Eiji, and Misao travel to Shingetsu Village, Eiji's hometown, and fight some of Shishio's soldiers off. Saito and Kenshin leave Misao and Eiji behind, as they go to Shishio's mansion nearby.

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A Wish Unrequited: Kenshin Departs
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8.38
189 votes

#19 - A Wish Unrequited: Kenshin Departs

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 2 - Episode 4

As the deadline for Kenshin's decision on whether to go to Kyoto nears Kaoru becomes anxious at the possibility of his leaving. After Okubo's assassination by Seta Sojiro, Kenshin decides to go to Kyoto and bids an emotional goodbye to Kaoru, implying that it is likely they will never meet again.

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A Decisive Battle Like Violent Waters: The Strongest Troop, Juppongatana
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8.36
157 votes

#20 - A Decisive Battle Like Violent Waters: The Strongest Troop, Juppongatana

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 2 - Episode 17

The Juppongottana have gathered in the temple of Shishio in Kyoto, and are ready to commence the Kyoto Grand Fire and be on their path to victory.

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For the Title of Strongest: Aoshi's New Conflict
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8.22
158 votes

#21 - For the Title of Strongest: Aoshi's New Conflict

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 2 - Episode 6

Aoshi Shinomori has now chosen the path of chaos. He will do anything to defeat Kenshin, as he feels it will prove to the world that the Oniwaban Group were the strongest fighters of the Revolution. Aoshi defeats four monks working for Shishio, who were merely meant to test Aoshi's strength, but refuses to join Shishio after Sojiro tries to convince him.

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Midnight Battle: Sanosuke vs. Kenshin Revisited
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8.22
164 votes

#22 - Midnight Battle: Sanosuke vs. Kenshin Revisited

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 1 - Episode 24

Sanosuke throws a party at the Kamiya Dojo for everyone. Little does everyone except Kenshin know, Sanosuke is really planning to leave the Kenshin group for good to revive the long lost Sekihoutai with his friend Katsuhiro. Kenshin goes to stop Sanosuke and Katsu from destroying the Internal Affairs Department with bombs. Kenshin stops Sano, and Sano rejoins Kenshin's group, and Katsu stops making bombs.

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Two Men at the End of an Era: Shishio Versus Kenshin, Final Battle
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8.06
158 votes

#23 - Two Men at the End of an Era: Shishio Versus Kenshin, Final Battle

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 2 - Episode 30

As Kenshin, Sanosuke, and Yumi make their way to the top of the Inferno Arena, Kenshin thinks about his past, and what awaits him next, the entire way up to where Shishio himself is waiting. However, Kenshin is ready and prepared to the final battle with the manslayer known as Shishio. Upon reaching the door at the top, Yumi pulls the switch to open the door. Shishio is standing in the middle of the arena, and Houji is also there. After a few opening words with Kenshin and Shishio, Shishio promises Yumi that the battle will end quickly. He gives Yumi a kiss, walks off, and the fight between the two manslayers begins! Shishio shows off his first Secret Sword attack, the Homura Dama. He then bites a chunk off of Kenshin's shoulder.

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Change Tears to Courage: Kaoru Kamiya's Choice
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7.98
158 votes

#24 - Change Tears to Courage: Kaoru Kamiya's Choice

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 2 - Episode 5

Kaoru is deeply depressed and distressed since Kenshin left Tokyo. With the help of Tae, Yahiko, Tsubame, and especially Megumi, Kaoru regains her courage and decides to leave Tokyo to go to Kyoto and see Kenshin. Saito also gets into a fight with Sanosuke, telling him not to go to Kyoto. Sanosuke leaves on his own despite Saito's warning that he will be a liability to Kenshin.

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Raijuta's Ambition: Dream of a Forbidden Kingdom
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7.20
230 votes

#25 - Raijuta's Ambition: Dream of a Forbidden Kingdom

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 1 - Episode 19

The Kenshin-gumi go on vacation in Izu. There, a wealthy boy Yutaro falls under the influence of Raijuta, who intends to create a kingdom with his warriors. Kenshin battles Raijuta's men for the sake of Yutaro, but they gain the upper hand.

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Burn, Island of Terror: The Crimson Pirate Chapter Concludes
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7.09
161 votes

#26 - Burn, Island of Terror: The Crimson Pirate Chapter Concludes

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 1 - Episode 27

Kenshin helps to nurse Shura back to health, then Shura finds out that Ginjo gave Old Iwa opium. Shura goes off to fight and defeat Ginjo. She is defeated by him, since he played a dirty trick on her. Kenshin then comes in and uses the Ryu Tsui Sen to end the fight. Geki then throws a bomb, destroying Kairyu Island and all its inhabitants, except for Kenshin and Shura.

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Lightning Incarnate: The Noble and Mysterious Female Pirate, Shura
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7.07
159 votes

#27 - Lightning Incarnate: The Noble and Mysterious Female Pirate, Shura

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 1 - Episode 26

Shura and the Kairyu land at Kairyu Island with Kenshin. Shura doesn't have the heart to kill Kenshin, and so Ginjo, one of the Kairyu who wants to be the new leader instead of Shura, makes up a plan to kill Shura and become leader in her place. Shura gets shot in the leg by Geki, another one of her followers who has now joined Ginjo.

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Run, Yahiko: Get the Reverse-Blade Sword Back!
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7.05
255 votes

#28 - Run, Yahiko: Get the Reverse-Blade Sword Back!

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 1 - Episode 18

Hiruma Gohei returns and hires the Onizaki brothers to kill Kenshin. Gohei tricks Yahiko into bringing him the reverse blade sword, and then he ties Yahiko up. Kenshin is outmatched by the Onizaki brothers, but Yahiko escapes and brings the sword, allowing Kenshin to win.

The Crimson Pirate: Kenshin and Kaoru Separated!
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6.83
185 votes

#29 - The Crimson Pirate: Kenshin and Kaoru Separated!

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 1 - Episode 25

In this episode, Kaoru finally gets fed up with Kenshin, Yahiko, and Sanosuke hanging around the Kamiya Dojo, without working or paying any money to help her feed everybody. They feel bad, and go out looking for a job to help pay their way. They sign up for a team of warriors that have been hired to capture the Kairyu pirates, a group of freakish rouges that have been raiding silk ships on the high seas. On the cruise, they come across Kaoru, who has also signed up to raise money for the dojo. They're surprised to see each other, and Kenshin is worried about Kaoru's safety. The Kairyu pirates are known for their violence, and some even go as far as to call them demons. Their leader, Shuura, is a ruthless masked figher with nunchaku. During the night, Kenshin is out getting some air. Kaoru comes out, and they share a small moment. It's interrupted, however, when they see the Kairyu pirates approaching.

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Sanosuke's Betrayal: The Fateful Reunion
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6.67
193 votes

#30 - Sanosuke's Betrayal: The Fateful Reunion

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 1 - Episode 23

Sanosuke goes to a picture shop to buy a picture for Miss Tae at the Akabeko. While at the picture shop, he stumbles across a portrait of Captain Sagara, drawn by Tsunan Tsukioka, another surviving member of the Sekihoutai. Sano joins with Tsunan and defeats Tashiwachi Shindo, the man who framed Captain Sagara ten years earlier.

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First Train Ride: Danger on a Runaway Locomotive!
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6.44
222 votes

#31 - First Train Ride: Danger on a Runaway Locomotive!

Rurouni Kenshin - Season 1 - Episode 22

The Kenshin-gumi take a train trip to Yokohama for fun. A train robbery ensues, and they defeat the robbers. All the while, Sanosuke complains technology is the work of the devil.

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