English Translation: Scarlet
Village Sword Heart
Occupation: rurouni, Kaoru's
28 (When he met Kaoru it was the 11th year of Meiji or 1878)
June 20, 1849
158cm (5 ft. 2 in.)
48kg (105 lbs.)
Fighting: Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu
Kenshin has violet eyes when
he's a ronin and yellow eyes when he's in hitokiri mode. He
keeps his long red hair back in a ponytail with some bangs
that hang along the front. As a hitokiri, he killed about
100 people in 6 months.
Kenshin had brothers (!!!) but they died from famine. He was
sold to slave traders at age 10 until Hiko comes to "rescue"
- too kind for a killer
- quick and sly
- tries to handle everything
Style: Kenshin was taught Hiten
Mitsurugi Ryu by
Hiko. All the basic
moves can be found
Techniques: In addition to
Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu, here are some other moves Kenshin can
- Return Cut- Nothing has
been crushed along the line of the cut, so it can be put
back together exactly as it was. It was performed on a
daikon radish. Oww.
Aku Soku Zan for
Ryu Mei Sen- When he sheaths the sword, he generates
a supersonic sound due to the impact between the tsuba
(sword guard) and the saya (scabbard), a sound like the a
roar of the dragon. Knocking such sound into the opponent's
ear when he passes by, Kenshin is able to render numb for a
moment the hearing nerves of his foe. He used this technique
no Kamae- The sword that believes. A defensive stance,
but Kenshin also uses it to measure the length of Hanya's
arm to counterattack. (thanks to
Sou Ryu Sen Ikatsuchi- Kenshin attacks with the sword
still in the sheathe, then he draws his sword, traps his
opponents sword with the sheathe, then smashes them with his
sword. (thanks to:
Battojutsu- Drawing out the sakabatou from the saya
(scabbard) in such a way that it reaches "god-like" speed.
Since the sakabatou is not meant for the battojutsu due to
its shape slowing it down, Kenshin developed the Double
Double Battojutsu- Drawing out the sakabatou from the
saya (scabbard) in such a way that it reaches "god-like"
speed. After the sakabatou has left the saya, Kenshin swings
the saya as well at his opponent in case the Battojutsu
drawing technique has missed. He used this technique on
In: The TV Series, the OAVs,
the movie, and the manga.
English Translation: God-valley
Scent or Fragrance (thanks to:
Occupation: teacher of Kamiya
155 cm (5 ft. 1 in.)
41 kg (90 lbs.)
Boken (wooden sword)
Fighting: Kamiya Kasshin Ryu
She usually wears a ponytail.
- too shy to open up her true
feelings to Kenshin (it goes both ways though)
- generally happy
- short-tempered and a little
- jealous of Megumi because
she's afraid that Megumi will steal Kenshin's heart
- antithesis of Tomoe's
character at times
- strong virtues of honesty,
sincerity, and purity of heart
Style: Kaoru most likely
learned Kamiya Kasshin Ryuu from her father. Kamiya Kasshin
Ryuu's purpose was to protect the people around you. Kenshin
once told Yahiko,
"Kamiya Kasshin Ryu is based on protecting people. If you
lose, the person whom you are protecting loses as well. It
doesn't except defeat. You should remember this."
- Hawatari- The attack
succession technique. Forming an X above the head and
twisting the wrists. If used right, it can be a killing
- Hadome- Defense Succession
technique. The act of restraining the opponent's weapon. The TV Series, the movie,
seisou hen, and manga.
Discernment God Yahiko
Master of the thousand
shirahadori (Given to him when he was in his teens)
Occupation: He used to be a
thief until he met Kenshin and Kaoru, now he's training to
be strong and to defend his parent's honor.
128 cm (4 ft. 2 in.)
23 kg (50 lbs.)
Fighting: Kamiya Kasshin Ryu
taught by Kaoru
Yahiko has spikey black hair and brown eyes. He also has tan
skin. He usually wears a yellow gi.
- Kaoru's fighting style teaches
him not only to be strong but that he needs to use his
strength for others rather than himself.
- appreciates strength and wants
to be a strong man when he grows up.
- disrespectful towards Kaoru
Style: Yahiko's fighting style
is Kamiya Kasshin Ryu, which he's learning from Kaoru, his
teacher. Yahiko's weapon is a shinai (bamboo sword). He's
still in training.
Technique Wrath of the End of the Era- Flying kick to
Shippu Jinrai Dotou No Ken (Gale Thunderclap Billow
Pseudo Ryu Tsui Sen- He performs it on Hennya of the
Imitation Ryu Shou Sen- He does this move on Hyougo.
Hadome- The defense succession technique. The act of
restraining the opponent's weapon.. He does this move on
In: The TV Series, the movie,
seisou hen, and manga.
English Translation: Left Help
names: Zanza, Chicken Head
Occupation: A bum and a gambler
179 cm (5 ft. 10 in.)
71 kg (156 lbs.)
Zanbatou, Martial Arts
He has spiky brown hair, which is wrapped with a red bandana
with some pieces of bangs hanging in his eyes. He always
wears a white gi, with the Kanji for the word "bad" (or
wicked, or evil..sheesh people are really picky about
this meaning) on the back.
- very tender-hearted
- big appetite
- gambles a lot
- quick learner
- has brute strength to match
- hates conspiracy/corruption
- live a carefree life
- strong stamina
When we first meet Sano he's a gangster. He beats people up
for amusement. He also uses a zanbatou which is a really big
sword. Sanosuke was hired to kill Himura Kenshin, the
ex-Hitokiri Battousai. Sanosuke and Kenshin fight and
Kenshin beats Sanosuke with the Ryu Tsui Sen and slicing the
zanbatou in half. Sano decides to become friends with
Kenshin, Kaoru, and Yahiko after the fight.
Since Sano doesn't have has his zanbatou, Sano is forced to
use his fists and feet throughout the story. Sano learns his
ultimate technique later on from Anji called the Futae no Kiwami in only 7 days!!
Kiwami Hazushi (Extremity Defense- Sano attacks
himself in the same point but on his back to cancel out
another futau no kiwami attack. (thanks to:
Futae no Kiwami (Two Fold Extremity)- The ougi. An
attack of two swift, consecutive punches. The first
encounters the resistance of the object, the second applies
the full force to it.
Sanjuu no Kiwami (Three Fold Exremity)- Sano snaps
his fingers out after a Futae no Kiwami punch. (thanks to:
for the minor correction)
The TV Series, the movie,
seisou hen, and manga.
Occupation: assistant doctor
166 cm (5 ft. 5 in.)
45 kg (99 lbs.)
She has long black hair and
dark eyes. She's been called the prettiest person in the RK
The TV Series, the movie, seisou hen, and manga.
- seems cold hearted at first
- likes to tease people,
- has guilt in her heart for
making opium that killed many people
Each Kenshim-gumi member has a unique
gift that sets them apart from the rest of the gang.
Together they make a formidable team to be dealt with!
Quick, smart, able to read the opponents moves when engaged
Brute strength and brawn to parallel Kenshin's speed.
Always shows deep concern for the well-being of others. Her
sword school goes even futher by practicing a code of
"protecting yourself and others." If Kaoru's father had
found Kenshin before Hiko, I think Kenshin wouldn't have
gotten in so much trouble!
Brave beyond his years, sometimes more so than men. His
pride for his dead mother and father push him to become
With the Kenshin-gumi getting into so many battles, someone
is needed with the knowledge of medicine. Megumi is just the
right person for this job. Plus her cooking is way better
than Kaoru's- just don't Kaoru hear you say that...