Watsuki wrote this series upon his desire of making a shōnen manga different from the other ones that were published at the time, with Kenshin being a former assassin and the story taking a more serious tone as it continued.The manga revolves around themes of atonement, peace, and romance.
The TV series was later licensed in North America and released on DVD by Media Blasters.
The first two seasons aired on the United States Cartoon Network as part of the Toonami block, while the third season was only featured on DVD.
After discovering that Kenshin is the real infamous assassin, Kaoru offers him a place to stay at her dojo noting that he is peace-loving and not cold-hearted, as his reputation implies.
Kenshin accepts and begins to establish lifelong relationships with many people such as Sagara Sanosuke, a former Sekihō Army member; Myōjin Yahiko, an orphan from a samurai family who is also living with Kaoru as her student; and a doctor named Takani Megumi, caught in the opium trade.
The first adapted stories from the manga that were not featured in the anime, while the second was a sequel to the manga.
Several art and guidebooks for Rurouni Kenshin have been published and writer Kaoru Shizuka has authored three official light novels which were published by Shueisha.The story begins during the 11th year of the Meiji period in Japan (1878) and follows a former assassin from the Bakumatsu, known as Hitokiri Battosai.After his work against the bakufu, Hitokiri Battosai disappears to become Himura Kenshin: a wandering swordsman who protects the people of Japan with a vow of to never take another life.Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni Kotonoha no Niwa Kuiba: Zhi Shiwanhuoji Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho Kurenai no Buta Kuroko no Basket Movie 1: Winter Cup - Kage to Hikari Kuroko no Basket Movie 2: Winter Cup - Namida no Saki e Kuroko no Basket Movie 3: Winter Cup - Tobira no Mukou Kuroko no Basket: Last Game Kuroshitsuji Movie: Book of the Atlantic Kyoukai no Kanata Movie: I'll Be Here - Kako-hen Kyoukai no Kanata Movie: I'll Be Here - Mirai-hen Little Witch Academia Little Witch Academia: Mahoujikake no Parade Love Live! Detective Conan: The Movie Lupin the IIIrd: Jigen Daisuke no Bohyou Macross F Movie 1: Itsuwari no Utahime Macross F Movie 2: Sayonara no Tsubasa Macross Plus Movie Edition Macross: Do You Remember Love? Anime Final Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 1st Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 2nd A's Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 1: Hajimari no Monogatari Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 2: Eien no Monogatari Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 3: Hangyaku no Monogatari Mahoutsukai Precure! Moero Sakuragi Hanamichi Slam Dunk: Zenkoku Seiha Da! Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu Sword Art Online Movie: Ordinal Scale Taifuu no Noruda Tailenders Taiyou no Ouji: Horus no Daibouken Takanashi Rikka Kai: Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Towa no Quon 1: Utakata no Kaben Towa no Quon 2: Konton no Ranbu Towa no Quon 3: Mugen no Renza Towa no Quon 4: Guren no Shoushin Towa no Quon 5: Souzetsu no Raifuku Towa no Quon 6: Towa no Quon Trigun: Badlands Rumble Trinity Seven Movie: Eternity Library to Alchemic Girl Tsubasa Chronicle: Tori Kago no Kuni no Himegimi Uchuu Kaizoku Captain Herlock: Arcadia-gou no Nazo Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199: Hoshimeguru Hakobune UFO Gakuen no Himitsu UN-GO: Inga-ron Vampire Hunter D Vampire Hunter D (2000) Waga Seishun no Arcadia Wake Up, Girls! Youkai Watch Movie 3: Soratobu Kujira to Double Sekai no Daibouken da Nyan! Movie Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike Tamako Love Story Tamayura: Sotsugyou Shashin Part 1 - Kizashi Tamayura: Sotsugyou Shashin Part 2 - Hibiki Tamayura: Sotsugyou Shashin Part 3 - Akogare Tamayura: Sotsugyou Shashin Part 4 - Ashita Taneyamagahara no Yoru Tansu Warashi. Manatsu no Eve Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Movie: Gurren-hen Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Movie: Lagann-hen Tenjou-jin to Akuto-jin Saigo no Tatakai Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa Tezuka Osamu no Buddha: Akai Sabaku yo! Yowamushi Pedal Movie Yowamushi Pedal: Re: RIDE Yowamushi Pedal: Re: ROAD Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike Yu☆Gi☆Oh! Studio Gallop, Studio Deen and SPE Visual Works adapted the manga into an anime series which aired in Japan from January 10, 1996 to September 8, 1998.