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The chapters of the Rurouni Kenshin were written and illustrated by Nobuhiro Watsuki. The first chapter of Rurouni Kenshin premiered in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump in 1994 and the series ran in the magazine until 1999.[1] The story takes place during the early Meiji period in Japan and follows a fictional assassin named Himura Kenshin, formerly known as the "Hitokiri Battōsai (人斬り抜刀斎?),[n 1] who becomes a wanderer to protect the people from Japan.

The 255 individual chapters known as "Acts", as well as a few one-shots authored by Watsuki were collected and published in 28 tankōbon volumes by Shueisha. The first volume was released on September 2, 1994 and the last on November 4, 1999.[2][3] In July 2006, Shueisha re-released the series in a twenty-two kanzenban special edition volumes.[4] A single chapter follow up to the series, Yahiko no Sakabatō (弥彦の逆刃刀?, lit. "Yahiko's Reversed-Edge Sword"), was originally published in Weekly Shōnen Jump after the conclusion of the series. The chapter is focused on Myōjin Yahiko some time after the end of the series when he is requested to take care of a dojo for a short time. Left out of the original volumes, the chapter added as an extra to the final kanzenban release.[5]

The first eighteen volumes were adapted into an anime produced by Studio Deen, and aired in Japan from January 10, 1996 to September 8, 1998.[6][7] Additionally, several parts of the following volumes were adapted into two original video animations series.[8][9]

Rurouni Kenshin was licensed for an English-language release in North America by Viz Media. The first volume of the series was released on October 7, 2003.[10] The first volumes were published on an irregular, but a monthly basis was established by Viz media after volume seven due to good sales and consumer demands.[11] The last volume was published on July 5, 2006.[12] Yahiko no Sakabatō was also serialized in Shonen Jump during 2006.[13] In January 2008, Viz re-released the manga in a wide-ban format called "VIZBIG Edition", which is a collection of three volumes in one.[14]

Volume list

<tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF"><th style="width: 4%;">No.</th><th>Title</th><th style="width: 24%;">Japanese release</th><th style="width: 24%;">English release</th></th></tr></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol1">1</td><td style="text-align: left;">Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story
剣心·緋村抜刀斎</td><td>September 2, 1994[2]
ISBN 978-4-08-871499-8</td><td>October 7, 2003[10]
ISBN 978-1-5911-6220-9</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; "><td colspan="4">
  • Act 001. "Kenshin ● Himura Battōsai" (剣心·緋村抜刀斎?)
  • Act 002. "Rurouni in the City" (流浪人·街へ行く?)
  • Act 003. "Tokyo Samurai" (東京府士族·明神弥彦?)
  • Act 004. "Kasshin-ryū Reborn" (活心流·再始動?)
  • Act 005. "The Fight Merchant" (喧嘩の男?)
  • Act 006. "Face Off: Sagara Sanosuke" (対決·相楽左之助?)
  • "End-of-Volume Special: Rurouni Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story (1)"

</td></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF; text-align: left;"><td colspan="4">During the Meiji 11th (1878), a peaceful wanderer called Himura Kenshin, formerly known as the Hitokiri Battōsai arrives in Tokyo. Soon he meets Kamiya Kaoru whose swordsmanship school is in danger as a murderer from the city claims to be from that school. After investigating, Kenshin defeats the murderer using his sakabatō sword, which has its edge is reversed making it harder to kill. Before Kenshin leaves Tokyo, Kaoru offers him to live in her dojo. During his stay in the dojo, Kenshin rescues an orphan called Myōjin Yahiko from a group of yakuza and takes him to live and train in the dojo. A few days later, a fighter-for-hire Sagara Sanosuke, challenges Kenshin to fight after discovering his past. The volume ends with a one-shot by Watsuki called Rurouni Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story.</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol2">2</td><td style="text-align: left;">The Two Hitokiri
人斬りふたり</td><td>December 2, 1994[15]
ISBN 978-4-08-871500-1</td><td>November 26, 2003[16]
ISBN 978-1-5911-6249-0</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; "><td colspan="4">
  • Act 007. "Mark of Evil" (悪一文字?)
  • Act 008. "And Then, Another" (そして仲間がまた一人?)
  • Act 009. "Kurogasa" (黒笠?)
  • Act 010. "One Side of the Soul" (心の一方?)
  • Act 011. "The Ribbon That Binds" (リボンとわがまま?)
  • Act 012. "The Two Hitokiri" (人斬りふたり?)
  • Act 013. "The Meaning of the Name" (志士名の由来?)
  • Act 014. "End Beneath the Moon" (月下終焉?)
  • Act 015. "Beauty on the Run" (逃走麗女?)

</td></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF; text-align: left;"><td colspan="4">The fight between Kenshin and Sanosuke continues resulting in the victory of Kenshin. Sanosuke realizes that Kenshin is different from the Ishin Shishi that destroyed his group, the Sekihotai and becomes one of Kenshin's friends. Soon, both are hired to protect an ex-Ishin Shishi from a hitokiri called Udo Jin-e. Jin-e encounters Kenshin and after seeing how weak he is compared to the Bakumatsu period, he decides to kill him. The next day, Kaoru, worried about the what would Kenshin do, goes to talk with him but she ends being kidnapped by Jin-e who wants to make Kenshin kill once again. Full of anger, Kenshin defeats Jin-e, but before killing him Kaoru shouts him not to become a assassin again and Jin-e decides to commit suicide. A few time later, Sanosuke and Kenshin knock a group of guards from an industrialist called Takeda Kanryū, that were pursuing Takani Megumi, a woman who has opium in her hand.</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol3">3</td><td style="text-align: left;">A Reason to Act
動く理由</td><td>February 2, 1995[17]
ISBN 978-4-08-871503-2</td><td>January 14, 2004[18]
ISBN 978-1-5911-6250-6</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; "><td colspan="4">
  • Act 016. "Megumi, Kanryū, and..." (恵、観柳そして・・・?)
  • Act 017. "The Oniwabanshū Strike" (御庭番強襲?)
  • Act 018. "Team Kenshin" (剣心組奮迅?)
  • Act 019. "Daughter of Aizu" (会津の娘?)
  • Act 020. "A Reason to Act" (動く理由?)
  • Act 021. "The Storm Breaks" (疾風怒濤?)
  • Act 022. "Attack on Kanryū Manshion" (観柳邸突入?)
  • "End-of-Volume Special 2: Rurouni Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story (2)"

</td></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF; text-align: left;"><td colspan="4">After defeating Takeda Kanryū's guards, Kenshin and Sanosuke discover that Kanryu is protected by the last members of the Oniwabanshū group. Therefore, Kenshin decides to be the guard of Megumi, but in the same day they are attacked by a member of the Oniwabanshū called Hyottoko. Sanosuke is able to defeat him with the help of Kenshin, but Megumi is attacked by another member named Beshimi. Yahiko tries to protect her, but ends up poisoned, and Megumi is able to heal him. She decides to escape since she created a stronger version of the opium, but Kenshin and Kaoru ask her to stay in the dojo. Feeling guilty about the deaths she caused, Megumi goes to the mansion of Kanryū in order to kill him but she ends kidnapped instead. Kenshin, Sanosuke and Yahiko decide to rescue her and they attack the mansion. The volume ends with the second chapter of Rurouni Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story.</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol4">4</td><td style="text-align: left;">Dual Conclusions
二つの結末</td><td>April 4, 1995[19]
ISBN 978-4-08-871504-9</td><td>April 14, 2004[20]
ISBN 978-1-5911-6251-3</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; "><td colspan="4">
  • Act 023. "The Martial-Artist and the Spy" (隠密拳法家·般若?)
  • Act 024. "Savage Han'nya, Honorable Shikijō" (壮烈の般若、創痍の式大尉?)
  • Act 025. "Duel of the Masters" (豪腕対決?)
  • Act 026. "Shinomori Aoshi, Okashira" (御頭·四之森蒼紫?)
  • Act 027. "Battle's Heat" (激闘?)
  • Act 028. "Battle's End" (死闘の果て?)
  • Act 029. "Dual Conclusions: Megumi" (二つの結末-恵-?)
  • Act 030. "Dual Conclusions: Aoshi" (二つの結末-蒼紫-?)

</td></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF; text-align: left;"><td colspan="4">As soon as Kenshin, Yahiko and Sanosuke enter the mansion, Kenshin battles Han'nya while Sanosuke fights against Shikijō. They defeat them and find their leader Shinomori Aoshi. Kenshin fights against him and wins but in a wounded state. Kanryū betrays Aoshi after seeing that the Oniwabanshū were only using him to fight against strong warriors, and tries to kill Aoshi with a Gatling gun. The four soldiers of Aoshi protect him from the bullets but they all die. Kenshin is able to get to Kanryū and knock him thanks to the distraction caused by the Oniwabanshū. Kenshin's group then finds Megumi trying to kill herself, they stop her and tell her that the only way to atone for the deaths she caused is by using her skill as a doctor to help others. Before leaving the mansion, they find Aoshi, shocked over his comrades' deaths, and Kenshin promises him another fight in the future in the hope that it will calm him.</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol5">5</td><td style="text-align: left;">The State of Meiji Swordsmanship
明治剣術模様</td><td>June 2, 1995[21]
ISBN 978-4-08-871505-6</td><td>June 16, 2004[22]
ISBN 978-1-5911-6320-6</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; "><td colspan="4">
  • Act 031. "Bonus Story: Yahiko's Battle (1)" (番外編·弥彦の闘い(前編)?)
  • Act 032. "Bonus Story: Yahiko's Battle (2)" (番外編·弥彦の闘い(中編)?)
  • Act 033. "Bonus Story: Yahiko's Battle (3)" (番外編·弥彦の闘い(後編)?)
  • Act 034. "The State of Meiji Swordsmanship" (明治剣術模様?)
  • Act 035. ""That Man" ● Raijūta" (その男·雷十太?)
  • Act 036. "Secret Sword" (秘剣?)
  • Act 037. "Meeting at Tsukayama Garden" (塚山庭園会談?)
  • Act 038. "Yutarō's Skill" (由太郎の腕前?)
  • Act 039. "Clash" (衝突?)

</td></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF; text-align: left;"><td colspan="4">Yahiko begins working in the Akabeko restaurant and meets Sanjo Tsubame, who is forced to help her "master" Nagaoka Mikio steal from the restaurant. When Yahiko discovers this, he encounters the bosses of Tsubame and defeats. Later, during a practice with another dojo, a man called Isurugi Raijūta almost kills the teacher of the dojo forcing Kenshin to fight against him. Being impressed with his abilities, Raijūta offers Kenshin to join his dojo, who declines the offer. During the same period, they also meet the student of Raijūta, Tsukayama Yūtarō, and after discovering he was never taught swordsmanship they ask him to be a student of the Kamiya Kasshin-ryū</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol6">6</td><td style="text-align: left;">No Worries
心配無用</td><td>August 4, 1995[23]
ISBN 978-4-08-871506-3</td><td>August 3, 2004[24]
ISBN 978-1-5911-6356-5</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; "><td colspan="4">
  • Act 040. "The Ideal Man" (理想の男?)
  • Act 041. "The Second Secret Sword" (もうひとつの秘剣?)
  • Act 042. "You've No Idea" (お前は知らない?)
  • Act 043. "Settling the Score" (決着?)
  • Act 044. "No Worries" (心配無用?)
  • Act 045. "Extra: Sanosuke & Nishiki Paintings (1)" (番外編·左之助と錦絵(前編)?)
  • Act 046. "Extra: Sanosuke & Nishiki Paintings (2)" (番外編·左之助と錦絵(中編)?)
  • Act 047. "Extra: Sanosuke & Nishiki Paintings (3)" (番外編·左之助と錦絵(後編)?)
  • "End-of-Volume Special (3): Crescent Moon in the Warring States"

</td></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF; text-align: left;"><td colspan="4">A few days after Yūtarō begins training in the Kamiya Kasshin Ryū, Kenshin and his friends are attacked by Raijūta who wants to kill Kenshin since he refused his offer. In the initial fight, Raijūta wounds Yūtarō, nearly severing his right arm. Seeing his indifference to his pupil's plight, Kenshin is angered and challenges him to another duel later. Although Kenshin's own right arm was injured in the previous fight, he manages to defeat Raijūta, breaking the latter's will as a swordsman. In order to heal Yūtarō, his father decides to take him to Germany, where medicine is more advanced, but before doing that Yahiko attacks Yūtarō reminding him to return. As the time goes Sanosuke finds an old friend from the Sekihotai who wants to bomb the headquarters of the Meiji Government. Seeing that this would not be what their captain wanted, Sanosuke stops him with Kenshin's help. The volume ends with a one-shot of Nobuhiro Watsuki called Crescent Moon in the Warring States.</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol7">7</td><td style="text-align: left;">In the 11th Year of Meiji, May 14th
明治十一年五月十四日</td><td>October 4, 1995[25]
ISBN 978-4-08-871507-0</td><td>October 12, 2004[26]
ISBN 978-1-5911-6357-2</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; "><td colspan="4">
  • Act 048. "Resurrection of the Wolf" (蘇る狼?)
  • Act 049. "Wolf Without Mercy" (豺狼?)
  • Act 050. "Scheme" (蠢動?)
  • Act 051. "Confrontation" (対峙?)
  • Act 052. "The Wolf's Fang" (牙を剥く狼?)
  • Act 053. "Agreement" (呼応?)
  • Act 054. "The One Who Stops the Two" (二人を止める者?)
  • Act 055. "Enter Ōkubo" (大久保利通の依頼?)
  • Act 056. "Meiji 11, May 14th — Morning" (明治十一年五月十四日-午前-?)
  • Act 057. "Meiji 11, May 14th — Afternoon" (明治十一年五月十四日-午後-?)

</td></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF; text-align: left;"><td colspan="4">Saitō Hajime, a former Shinsengumi member, and appears in the Kamiya Kasshin-ryū dojo looking for a fight against Kenshin. Sanosuke challengens Saito since Kenshin is not there and is defeated and injured. When Megumi is healing Sanosuke, Kenshin receives a challenging letter from Saitō, but ends up fighting one of his partners as Saitō wants to confirm how Kenshin’s strength. Kenshin easily defeats Saitō's partner and when he returns to the dojo he meets Saitō who starts fighting him. During the fight, Kenshin is overpowered many times forcing him to recover his hitokiri personality. Before the final clash, both are interrupted by the ex-Ishin Shishi Ōkubo Toshimichi who requests Kenshin to go to Kyoto to kill the hitokiri Shishio Makoto, who plans to destroy the Meiji Government. One week later, Ōkubo is killed by a soldier of Shishio, resulting in the decision of Kenshin to go to Kyoto alone due to the danger his friends could be involved.</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol8">8</td><td style="text-align: left;">On the East Sea Road
明治東海道中</td><td>December 1, 1995[27]
ISBN 978-4-08-871508-7</td><td>November 9, 2004[28]
ISBN 978-1-5911-6563-7</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; "><td colspan="4">
  • Act 058. "To Kyoto (Part I)" (京都へ・・・(前編)?)
  • Act 059. "To Kyoto (Part II)" (京都へ・・・(後編)?)
  • Act 060. "Megumi's Feelings — Kaoru's Feelings" (恵の気持ち·薫の気持ち?)
  • Act 061. "Man Without Emotion" (無情の男?)
  • Act 062. "On the East Sea Road" (明治東海道中?)
  • Act 063. "Makimachi Misao" (巻町 操?)
  • Act 064. "Playing "It"" (鬼ごっこ?)
  • Act 065. "Each to His Own Path" (道中それぞれ?)
  • Act 066. "The Abandoned Village" (見捨てられた村?)

</td></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF; text-align: left;"><td colspan="4">Sanosuke tries to go to Kyoto, but he is attacked by Saitō, who explains to him that he still needs training if he wants to fight Shishio. Both of them fight, and although Saitō easily overpowers Sanosuke, he allows him to do whatever he wants. Sanosuke leaves Tokyo with the intention to train before going to Kyoto, while Yahiko and Megumi convince a saddened Kaoru to follow Kenshin. On his way to Kyoto, Kenshin meets an Oniwabanshū named Makimachi Misao, who is searching for Aoshi without knowing what happened in Tokyo to the Oniwabanshū. Kenshin allows Misao to accompany him, but avoids to tell her what happened to Aoshi. While going to Kyoto, Kenshin and Misao find a village that has been conquered by Shishio. They meet a boy from the village named Eiji whose family was slaughtered by Shishio's soldiers.</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol9">9</td><td style="text-align: left;">Arrival in Kyoto
京都到着</td><td>February 2, 1996[29]
ISBN 978-4-08-871509-4</td><td>December 7, 2004[30]
ISBN 978-1-5911-6669-6</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; "><td colspan="4">
  • Act 067. "Birth of a Small Champion" (小さな修羅の芽生え?)
  • Act 068. "Portrait of Ambition" (野心家の肖像?)
  • Act 069. "The Tactics of Battle" (闘いの駆け引き?)
  • Act 070. "The Sword of Heaven" (天剣の宗次郎?)
  • Act 071. "To Kyoto, Once More" (再び京都へ?)
  • Act 072. "Encounter in the Forest (Part I)" (森の出会い(前編)?)
  • Act 073. "Encounter in the Forest (Part II)" (森の出会い(後編)?)
  • Act 074. "Arrival in Kyoto" (京都到着?)
  • Act 075. "Searching for the Sakabatō" (逆刃刀を求めて?)

</td></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF; text-align: left;"><td colspan="4">Joined with Saitō, Kenshin goes to face Shishio, who is now in the village. After meeting Shishio, Kenshin is attacked by the village's chief and Shishio's soldier, Senkaku. Kenshin easily defeats Senkaku, but Shishio leaves to Kyoto disappointed by Kenshin's act of saving people. However, Shishio leaves Ōkubo's murderer, Seta Sōjirō, to fight Kenshin. The fight ends as a tie with both of their swords broken, and the village is freed. While going to Kyoto, Sanosuke meets a fallen-monk, Yūkyūzan Anji, who teaches him the Futae no Kiwami technique that allows him to perform two hits at the same moment. This helps Sanosuke to get stronger although he never realizes that Anji is a soldier from Shishio. Kenshin and Misao arrive at Kyoto, and meet Misao's guardian, the former Oniwabanshū, Okina. Okina helps Kenshin to find Sekku Arai, son of the creator of Kenshin's sakabatō sword, Shakku Arai, but who decides not to maje another sword as he hates violence.</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol10">10</td><td style="text-align: left;">Mitsurugi, Master and Student
御剣の師弟</td><td>April 4, 1996[31]
ISBN 978-4-08-871510-0</td><td>January 11, 2005[32]
ISBN 978-1-5911-6703-7</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; "><td colspan="4">
  • Act 076. "The Ten Swords in Action" (十本刀動く?)
  • Act 077. "Prelude to Battle" (死斗の幕開け?)
  • Act 078. "Chō of the Ten Swords" (十本刀·張?)
  • Act 079. "The Thinnest Blade" (薄刃乃太刀?)
  • Act 080. "Drawing of the Forbidden" (禁忌の抜刀?)
  • Act 081. "Shakkū's Wish" (赤空の想い?)
  • Act 082. "When the Strings Meet" (手繰りよる糸?)
  • Act 083. "Hiko Seijūrō" (比古清十郎?)
  • Act 084. "The Mitsurugi Apprenticeship" (御剣の師弟?)

</td></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF; text-align: left;"><td colspan="4">Shishio discovers Kenshin's location, and sends a soldier from the Juppongatana army, Sawagejō Chō, to kill Sekku Arai to stop Kenshin from receiving a new sword. Chō kidnaps Sekku's son so that Sekku could give him Shakku's last sword, but Kenshin confronts him. Without having a sword to fight Kenshin is soon overpowered by Chō, but Sekku gives him Shakku's last sword to fight Chō. As Chō attempts to kill Sekku's son, Kenshin knocks Chō with the sword, and discovers that it is another sakabatō. Kenshin is allowed to keep the sakabatō, and goes to a mountain to request his teacher, Hiko Seijūrō, teach him the strongest technique from the Hiten Mitsurugi-ryū swordsmanship style. Seijūrō denies teaching him such technique due to his acts as hitokiri. Meanwhile, Misao meets Yahiko and Kaoru, and takes them to meet Kenshin.</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol11">11</td><td style="text-align: left;">Overture to Destruction
崩壊の序曲</td><td>June 4, 1996[33]
ISBN 978-4-08-872281-8</td><td>February 2, 2005[34]
ISBN 978-1-5911-6709-9</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; "><td colspan="4">
  • Act 085. "Half the Feeling" (気持ち半分?)
  • Act 086. "Aoshi & Okina" (蒼紫と翁?)
  • Act 087. "Meeting of the Warlords" (修羅の会合?)
  • Act 088. "Overture to Destruction" (崩壊の序曲?)
  • Act 089. "Aoshi vs. Okina" (蒼紫対翁?)
  • Act 090. "Finale of Fresh Blood" (鮮血の終焉?)
  • Act 091. "Misao's Decision" (操の決意?)
  • Act 092. "A Bird and a Broom" (トリとホウキと?)
  • Act 093. "The Man Named Usui" (その名は宇水?)

</td></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF; text-align: left;"><td colspan="4">After Kaoru and Yahiko talk with Hiko about Kenshin's actions as wanderer, Hiko accepts to teach Kenshin the strongest move from the Hiten Mitsurugi-Ryū'. While Kaoru, Yahiko and Misao return to Kyoto, Kaoru tells Misao all what happened with Aoshi in Tokyo. Meanwhile, Shishio meets Aoshi and requests him to join forces to kill Kenshin. Knowing that the Oniwabanshū are helping Kenshin, Aoshi asks Okina where Kenshin is. As Okina negates to answer, both fight, and Aoshi almost kills Okina. Misao finds Okina knocked at the end of the fight, and remains shocked. While Okina is resting, Misao decides to be new leader from the Oniwabanshū to defeat Shishio even though it would mean killing Aoshi. In a prison from Kyoto, Saitō finds Sanosuke, and both ask Chō what Shishio's plans are. Chō reveals to them that Shishio plans to conquer Japan by starting a fire in Japan, but warns them of the power from the Juppongatana.</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol12">12</td><td style="text-align: left;">The Great Kyoto Fire
京都大火</td><td>September 4, 1996[35]
ISBN 978-4-08-872282-5</td><td>March 1, 2005[36]
ISBN 978-1-5911-6712-9</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; "><td colspan="4">
  • Act 094. "The Initiation Begins" (伝授開始?)
  • Act 095. "Even If It Costs My Life" (命を捨てても・・・?)
  • Act 096. "Between Life and Death" (生と死の間で・・・?)
  • Act 097. "The Ten Swords Summoned" (十本刀集結?)
  • Act 098. "The Other Objective" (もう一つの目的?)
  • Act 099. "As If in Flight" (翔ぶが如く?)
  • Act 100. "The Great Kyoto Fire (Part I)" (京都大火(前編)?)
  • Act 101. "The Great Kyoto Fire (Part II)" (京都大火(中編)?)
  • Act 102. "The Great Kyoto Fire (Part III)" (京都大火(後編)?)

</td></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF; text-align: left;"><td colspan="4">Kenshin continues training with Hiko, but he is unable to learn the technique. For this reason, Hiko attempts to kill Kenshin to make him learn it by instinct. Kenshin learns the strongest technique from the style, Amakakeru Ryū No Hirameki, but he almost kills Hiko when performing it. After Hiko recovers, Kenshin returns to Kyoto, where he meets Saitō and Sanosuke. He is told that Shishio plans to burn Kyoto, but Kenshin realizes that the fire is just a distraction to escape from Kyoto in order to attack the Meiji government. While Kenshin, Saitō and Sanosuke head to fight Shishio, the Oniwabanshū avoid Shishio's soldiers to burn Kyoto. Using several bombs, Sanosuke destroys Shishio's ship, forcing Shishio to retreat.</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol13">13</td><td style="text-align: left;">A Beautiful Night
見事な夜</td><td>December 2, 1996[37]
ISBN 4-08-872283-3</td><td>April 5, 2005[38]
ISBN 978-1-5911-6713-6</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; "><td colspan="4">
  • Act 103. "After the Night" (一夜明けて?)
  • Act 104. "Tears" (なみだ?)
  • Act 105. "A Beautiful Night" (見事な夜?)
  • Act 106. "As an Abomination" (蛇蝎の如く?)
  • Act 107. "The Bright King" (明王?)
  • Act 108. "The Difference in Strength" (力の差?)
  • Act 109. "Conviction of the Fist" (拳の確信?)
  • Act 110. "A World Not Worth Saving" (救い難き世界?)
  • Act 111. "Conversation of the Fists" (拳の語らい?)

</td></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF; text-align: left;"><td colspan="4">While Saitō arranges the time for the fight against Shishio, Kenshin and Sanosuke go to rest to Misao's house, where they find Yahiko and Kaoru. After being told what happened with Okina, Kenshin promises that he will bring back Aoshi as he thinks he is still a good person. The next day, Kenshin, Sanosuke and Saitō go to Shishio's base, but most of the Juppongatana are sent attack the Oniwabanshū since the soldier Sadojima Hōji discovered they stopped the fire from some days ago. Guided by Shishio's lover, Komagata Yumi, Kenshin and his friends find the first Juppongatana, Anji. Being previously trained by him, Sanosuke decides to fight Anji to know if he is really is evil. While both hit each other with Futae no Kiwami, Sanosuke also asks Anji why did he join Shishio. When Anji is overpowered, Sanosuke manages to calm him and wins the fight.</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol14">14</td><td style="text-align: left;">The Time is Now
約束の時は今</td><td>March 4, 1997[39]
ISBN 978-4-08-872284-9</td><td>May 4, 2005[40]
ISBN 978-1-5911-6767-9</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; "><td colspan="4">
  • Act 112. "Onward" (前進?)
  • Act 113. "Usui's Shingan, Saitō's Shingan" (宇水の心眼 斎藤の心眼?)
  • Act 114. "Fangs That Bite" (突きたてる牙?)
  • Act 115. "The Time is Now" (約束の時は今?)
  • Act 116. "To Battle, Again" (再選開始?)
  • Act 117. "Aoshi Attacks" (蒼紫猛攻?)
  • Act 118. "Paper-Thin" (紙一重?)
  • Act 119. "Time to Wake Up" (目醒める時は今?)
  • Act 120. "The Secret (Part I)" (天翔龍閃其之壱?)

</td></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF; text-align: left;"><td colspan="4">Saitō fights against the 2nd strongest Juppongatana, "Blind Sword" Uonuma Usui, while Kenshin and Sanosuke go to fight the remaining soldiers. Although Usui claims that he wants to kill Shishio, who left him blind during the Bakumatsu, Saitō discovers that he is saying that as an excuse to avoid destroying his pride. As Saitō overpowers and kills Usui, Kenshin finds Aoshi. Kenshin then proceeds to fight Aoshi, and although both remain tied, Kenshin makes Aoshi realize that the deceased Oniwabanshū did not want him to have such a sad life. Kenshin and Aoshi then proceed to perform their strongest techniques, and Kenshin manages the fight using the Amakakeru Ryū No Hirameki without killing the Aoshi.</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol15">15</td><td style="text-align: left;">The Great Man vs. The Giant
巨人対超人</td><td>May 1, 1997[41]
ISBN 978-4-08-872295-5</td><td>May 31, 2005[42]
ISBN 978-1-5911-6810-2</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; "><td colspan="4">
  • Act 121. "The Battle of Aoi-Ya" (攻防葵屋?)
  • Act 122. "Put to the Test (Boy)" (闘う少年?)
  • Act 123. "Put to the Test (Girl)" (闘う少女?)
  • Act 124. "The Shadow of Despair" (絶望の影?)
  • Act 125. "Descending!" (降臨!!?)
  • Act 126. "The Great Man vs. The Giant (Part I)" (巨人対超人(前編)?)
  • Act 127. "The Great Man vs. The Giant (Part II)" (巨人対超人(後編)?)
  • Act 128. "Sōjirō Strikes" (宗次郎出陣?)
  • Act 129. "Shukuchi (Reduced Earth)" (縮地?)

</td></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF; text-align: left;"><td colspan="4">Meanwhile, the Oniwabanshū, along with Kaoru and Yahiko, are attacked by the rest of the Juppongatana. While Yahiko fights Kariwa Henya, Misao and Kaoru confront Honjō Kamatari, leaving the remaining Oniwabanshu to fight Iwambō. As most Juppongatana are defeated and Iwambō escapes, the last two members, Saizuchi and the giant Fuji, attack them. Under Kenshin's request, Hiko Seijūrō comes to their rescue, and easily defeats the last two attacking Juppongatna. Meanwhile, Kenshin faces the strongest Juppongatana, Sōjirō, who is able to overpower him with his shukuchi skills and his lack of emotions that avoid Kenshin to predict his movements.</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol16">16</td><td style="text-align: left;">Providence
摂理</td><td>June 4, 1997[43]
ISBN 978-4-08-872296-2</td><td>July 6, 2005[44]
ISBN 978-1-5911-6854-6</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; "><td colspan="4">
  • Act 130. "Sōjirō's Story: Moonlight Encounter" (宗次郎の過去-月夜の邂逅-?)
  • Act 131. "Sōjirō's Story: Feast of Thunder" (宗次郎の過去-稲妻の狂宴-?)
  • Act 132. "Sōjirō's Story: Smile in the Frozen Rain" (宗次郎の過去-氷雨の笑顔-?)
  • Act 133. "Destruction of the Soul" (精神崩壊?)
  • Act 134. "The Second Secret" (天翔龍閃其之弐?)
  • Act 135. "Those Who Gather, Those Who Part" (集う者去る者?)
  • Act 136. "When Did the Battle Begin?" (闘いの始まりはいつからだったか?)
  • Act 137. "Fuel" (?)
  • Act 138. "Providence" (摂理?)

</td></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF; text-align: left;"><td colspan="4">The fight against Kenshin causes Sōjirō to remember the day he met Shishio, when he lost all his emotions to kill his adopted family, who tortured him. Sōjirō recovers his emotions, and grows furious to kill Kenshin in order to know whether Kenshin or Shishio is right. Then, Kenshin wins the fight using the Amakakeru Ryū No Hirameki. Although he loses, Sōjirō discovers the secret of Kenshin's technique and tells it to Shishio with help from Yumi. As all Juppongatana are defeated, Kenshin prepares to face Shishio. As his sword has multiple points, Shishio is able to create several flames that he uses to attack Kenshin. When Kenshin is defeated, Saitō suddenly attacks Shishio.</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol17">17</td><td style="text-align: left;">The Age Decides the Man
決着</td><td>October 3, 1997[45]
ISBN 978-4-08-872297-9</td><td>August 3, 2005[46]
ISBN 978-1-5911-6876-8</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; "><td colspan="4">
  • Act 139. "Howling Laugh" (高笑い?)
  • Act 140. "Thread of Life" (命運未だ尽きず?)
  • Act 141. "Double-Edged Flame" (両刃の炎?)
  • Act 142. "Final Encounter" (最終局面?)
  • Act 143. "The Third Secret" (天翔龍閃其之参?)
  • Act 144. "Shape of Love" (由美·愛の形?)
  • Act 145. "Duel of an Era" (決着-時代の選びし者-?)
  • Act 146. "The Passion of Hōji" (方治の執念?)
  • Act 147. "Kyoto Epilogue: Fate of the Juppongatana (Part I)" (京都編エピローグ其之壱·十本刀始末(前編)?)
  • Act 148. "Kyoto Epilogue: Fate of the Juppongatana (Part II)" (京都編エピローグ其之弐·十本刀始末(後編)?)

</td></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF; text-align: left;"><td colspan="4">Saitō, Sanosuke and Aoshi fight Shishio, but they are easily defeated. Before Aoshi is finished, Kenshin wakes up and continues fighting Shishio. This time Kenshin overpowers Shishio, who starts becoming unable to fight due to the burns on his body caused by the Meiji Government years ago. Yumi tries to save Shishio, but Shishio uses her to injure Kenshin, although Yumi dies in the process. Shishio attempts to engage Kenshin again, but his body is soon incinerated by his burns. Shocked by Shishio's death, Hōji destroys the base, but all the people there are able to survive the explosion. One month later, Kenshin is recovering from his wounds along with his friends, and they are visited by Chō. He explains them that most Juppongatana have joined to the Meiji Government, while Anji requested to be in prison, and Hōji committed suicide. However, Sōjirō and Iwanbō were never found.</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol18">18</td><td style="text-align: left;">Do You Still Bear the Scar?
十字傷はまだ有るか?</td><td>December 4, 1997[47]
ISBN 978-4-08-872298-6</td><td>September 6, 2005[48]
ISBN 978-1-5911-6959-8</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; "><td colspan="4">
  • Act 149. "Kyoto Epilogue: Early Summer Morning" (京都編エピローグ其之参·初夏の午前?)
  • Act 150. "Kyoto Epilogue: Early Summer Day" (京都編エピローグ其之四·初夏の午後?)
  • Act 151. "Kyoto Epilogue: In The Blue Sky" (京都編エピローグ其之五·In The Blue Sky?)
  • Act 152. "Cross-Shaped Scar" (十字傷はまだ有るか??)
  • Act 153. "The One-Handed Man" (隻腕の男?)
  • Act 154. "The Signal Fire of Revenge" (復讐の狼煙?)
  • Act 155. "Jinchū" (人誅?)
  • Act 156. "Comrades" (同志?)
  • Act 157. "Yahiko's Desperation" (弥彦のあせり?)
  • Act 158. "Twin Storms Blow!" (双嵐吹き荒ぶ!?)

</td></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF; text-align: left;"><td colspan="4">After finish recovering, Kenshin and his friends return to Tokyo. During the days they are in Tokyo, a group known as "The Six Comrades" starts attacking all of Kenshin's friends to cause Kenshin pain. Kenshin discovers one of them is Kujiranami Hyōgo, a man he defeated during the Bakumatsu and Kenshin discovers the group's objective. Therefore, Kenshin and Sanosuke start guarding several places which they commonly visists, and during one night two members from The Six Comrades, Inui Banjin and Otowa Hyōko, attack a dojo and house from a policeman. Kenshin and Sanosuke separate, and head to fight the two members.</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol19">19</td><td style="text-align: left;">Shades of Reality
幻と現実</td><td>February 4, 1998[49]
ISBN 978-4-08-872515-4</td><td>October 10, 2005[50]
ISBN 978-1-5911-6927-7</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; "><td colspan="4">
  • Act 159. "The Invulnerable Gauntlets" (無敵鉄甲?)
  • Act 160. "Instrument of Shadows" (人間暗器?)
  • Act 161. "Hard Questioning" (穿つ問い掛け?)
  • Act 162. "Dawn Thoughts" (暁に想う?)
  • Act 163. "Drawing to a Close" (終焉への序曲?)
  • Act 164. "Shades of Reality" (幻と現実?)
  • Act 165. "Remembrance 1: Hitokiri" (追憶ノ壱-人斬り-?)
  • Act 166. "Remembrance 2: The Birth of Battōsai" (追憶ノ弐-抜刀斎誕生-?)
  • Act 167. "Remembrance 3: In the Rain of Blood" (追憶ノ参-血の雨の男と女-?)

</td></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF; text-align: left;"><td colspan="4">Sanosuke faces Banjin, but is unable to defeat him since his right hand is still injured due to his fights in Kyoto. However, Banjin escapes as his partner Gein shoots a bomb to the area. While Kenshin fights Otowa, Kujiranami shoots Kenshin with an Armstrong cannon as Otowa escapes noting Kenshin's strength. While Kenshin returns to the Kamiya dojo, he is confronted by the leader from the group, Yukishiro Enishi, who tells him that his group will attack the Kamiya dojo in a few days. Kenshin returns to the Kamiya dojo, and explains to his friends that Enishi seeks revenge for the death of his sister and also Kenshin's wife, Yukishiro Tomoe, who was killed by Kenshin 10 years ago. A flashback from Kenshin then starts showing how he became hitokiri as well as how he killed her Tomoe's lover.</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol20">20</td><td style="text-align: left;">Remembrance
追憶</td><td>May 4, 1998[51]
ISBN 978-4-08-872551-2</td><td>November 1, 2005[52]
ISBN 978-1-4215-0064-5</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; "><td colspan="4">
  • Act 168. "Remembrance 4: Yukishiro Tomoe" (追憶ノ四-雪代 巴-?)
  • Act 169. "Remembrance 5: Madness" (追憶ノ伍-狂-?)
  • Act 170. "Remembrance 6: Chaos: Genji" (追憶ノ六-激動·元治元年-?)
  • Act 171. "Brief Intermission" (小休止?)
  • Act 172. "Remembrance 7: By the Farmlands" (追憶ノ七-田園にて-?)
  • Act 173. "Remembrance 8: Arrival of Enishi" (追憶ノ八-縁、来訪-?)
  • Act 174. "Remembrance 9: White Snow" (追憶ノ九-雪、白く・・・-?)
  • Act 175. "Remembrance 10: The Binding Forest" (追憶ノ十-結界の森-?)
  • Act 176. "Remembrance 11: Shadow Warriors" (追憶ノ十一-闇乃武-?)
  • Act 177. "Remembrance 12: Fierce Battle" (追憶ノ十二-激闘-?)

</td></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF; text-align: left;"><td colspan="4">Kenshin's flashback continues showing how he met Tomoe, and both started a romantical relationship. After an incident from the Ishin Shishi, Kenshin and Tomoe get married, and move to live to a little town under advice from Kenshin's superiors. During those days, Kenshin becomes happier and calmer, but it is later revealed that Tomoe was sent by a group of assasains to discover his weakpoints. When Tomoe goes to her group's base, but lies to them as she is in love with Kenshin. However, the group realize this and kidnap Tomoe to make Kenshin try to rescue her. Kenshin manages to defeat the assasains and meet their boss, but is severely injured during the fights.</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol21">21</td><td style="text-align: left;">And So, Time Passed
そして時代は流れ</td><td>July 3, 1998[53]
ISBN 978-4-08-872574-1</td><td>December 6, 2005[54]
ISBN 978-1-4215-0082-9</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; "><td colspan="4">
  • Act 178. "Remembrance 13: Cross-shaped Scar" (追憶ノ十三-十字傷-?)
  • Act 179. "Remembrance 14: And So, Time Passed" (追憶ノ十四-そして時代は流れ-?)
  • Act 180. "Night Fell..." (夜が更けて・・・?)
  • Act 181. "A Strand of Hope" (一縷の望み?)
  • Act 182. "Confession (Part 1)" (告白(前編)?)
  • Act 183. "Confession (Part 2)" (告白(後編)?)
  • Act 184. "Fireworks" (花火?)
  • Act 185. "Vs. the Armstrong Cannon" (対アームストロング砲?)
  • Act 186. "Neo-Invulnerable Gauntlets" (新·無敵鉄甲?)

</td></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF; text-align: left;"><td colspan="4">Kenshin faces the boss from the assasains, but is unable to defeat him. Kenshin desesperately attacks the boss, but although he kills him, Tomoe dies while protecting Kenshin. Some weeks later, Kenshin returns to be a hitokiri until the Bakumatsu ends. After Kenshin's flashback ends, all his friends prepare to fight against Enishi. During those days, Kaoru also requests Misao to bring Tomoe's diary to Tokyo to make Enishi read it and she sets out with Aoshi. When The Six Comrades invade Kamiya dojo, Kujiranami is the first to attack, wanting to take revenge for his defeat he had against Kenshin. Kenshin and Sanosuke manage to defeat him, but they are then attacked by Banjin and Otowa. As Banjin once again surpasses Sanosuke, Gein prepares to attack the dojo.</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol22">22</td><td style="text-align: left;">Battle on Three Fronts
三局の戦い</td><td>September 3, 1998[55]
ISBN 978-4-08-872601-4</td><td>January 3, 2006[56]
ISBN 978-1-4215-0196-3</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; "><td colspan="4">
  • Act 187. "The Tides of Battle" (戦局の行方?)
  • Act 188. "Artist of Karakuri" (機巧の芸術家?)
  • Act 189. "Battle on Three Fronts: Round 1, Part 1" (三局の闘い其之一ノ一?)
  • Act 190. "Battle on Three Fronts: Round 1, Part 2" (三局の闘い其之一ノ二?)
  • Act 191. "Battle on Three Fronts: Round 2, Part 1" (三局の闘い其之二ノ一?)
  • Act 192. "Battle on Three Fronts: Round 2, Part 2" (三局の闘い其之二ノ二?)
  • Act 193. "Battle on Three Fronts: Round 2, Part 3" (三局の闘い其之二ノ三?)
  • Act 194. "Battle on Three Fronts: Round 3, Part 1" (三局の闘い其之三ノ一?)
  • Act 195. "Battle on Three Fronts: Round 3, Part 2" (三局の闘い其之三ノ二?)
  • Act 196. "Smoke of the Wolf" (狼の紫煙?)

</td></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF; text-align: left;"><td colspan="4">Gein attacks the Kamiya dojo with his most powerful Iwanbō mechanic puppet and Kenshin goes to fight against him, leaving Yahiko to fight against Otowa in his place. After a prolonged fight, Kenshin destroys Iwanbō, and rests for a while for his next fight. Sanosuke continues fighting Banjin, and defeats him using his Futae No Kiwami even though his right hand is severely wounded. After evading all of Otowa’s weapons Yahiko manages to use the strongest techniques from the Kamiya Kasshin-ryū, and wins the fight. While Megumi heals Yahiko, the group is then suddenly attacked by Yatsume Mumyōi, who was one of the assasains that sent Tomoe 10 years ago to investigate Kenshin and was defeated by Kenshin went to rescue Tomoe.</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol23">23</td><td style="text-align: left;">Sin, Judgement, Acceptance
罪と罰の意識</td><td>November 4, 1998[57]
ISBN 978-4-08-872626-7</td><td>February 14, 2006[58]
ISBN 978-1-4215-0276-2</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; "><td colspan="4">
  • Act 197. "The Wolf Returns" (再びの狼?)
  • Act 198. "I Can't See Him Losing" (負ける気がしねぇ?)
  • Act 199. "Inadequate Strategy" (甘い采配?)
  • Act 200. "The Destined Duel" (宿命の私闘?)
  • Act 201. "Another Strength" (もう一つの力?)
  • Act 202. "Tales of the Past" (昔語り?)
  • Act 203. "A Pure and Simple End to a 15-Year Duel" (この十五年に及ぶ私闘に純然たる決着を?)
  • Act 204. "Sin, Judgement, Acceptance" (罪と罰の意識?)
  • Act 205. "The True Intent of the Jinchū" (人誅真意?)
  • Act 206. "The Clouded Darkness" (鈍色暗中?)

</td></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF; text-align: left;"><td colspan="4">Saitō goes to the Kamiya dojo to arrest Enishi, who has an organization that sells weapons. With Yatsume blocking him, Saitō confronts him. He easily defeats him, leaving Enishi as the only left warrior. Therefore, Enishi prepares to fight Kenshin. Using a powerful Chinese swordsmanship style, Enishi manages to fight at the same level of Kenshin. They then proceed to use their strongest technique, and Enishi succeeds in breaking the Amakakeru Ryū No Hirameki. After Kenshin is knocked out, Enishi reveals his intention to kill Kaoru to cause more pain to Kenshin. Kenshin then stands up and furiously attack Enishi. Before Enishi is defeated, Kujiranami ambushes Kenshin, allowing Enishi to find Kaoru.</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol24">24</td><td style="text-align: left;">The End of Dreams
ユメノオワリ</td><td>February 4, 1999[59]
ISBN 978-4-08-872668-7</td><td>March 7, 2006[60]
ISBN 978-1-4215-0338-7</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; "><td colspan="4">
  • Act 207. "Plunge into Darkness" (暗転入滅?)
  • Act 208. "The End of Dreams" (ユメノオワリ?)
  • Act 209. "See Ya" (あばよ?)
  • Act 210. "Geezer — Identity Unknown" (オイボレ-その男素性不明-?)
  • Act 211. "It's Not Impossible" (零じゃあない?)
  • Act 212. "Begin Acting" (行動開始?)
  • Act 213. "Exchange Offer" (交換条件?)
  • Act 214. "Change in Enishi" (縁変調?)
  • Act 215. "Three Days Later" (三日経過?)
  • Act 216."The Two in Black (Part 1)" (黒い装束の二人(前編)?)
  • Act 217. "The Two in Black (Part 2)" (黒い装束の二人(後編)?)

</td></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF; text-align: left;"><td colspan="4">Saitō and Sanosuke defeat Kujiranami, but when Kenshin returns to the dojo he finds Kaoru dead. Two weeks later, Kenshin is found in a village from wanderers, unwilling to move from there. This causes Sanosuke to leave Tokyo, disappointed by his acting. Misao and Aoshi arrive to Tokyo, and are told what happened. As Aoshi investigates, he asks help to Yahiko to open Kaoru's grave. There they discover that the deceased Kaoru is a puppet created by Gein, while the real one was kidnapped by Enishi. Enishi tries to kill Kaoru, but he is unable to do it as it reminds him of Tomoe's death. Gein soon tries to recover the puppet, but he is stopped by Aoshi. Gein is killed by Aoshi, who manages to make Gein tell him Enishi’s location before he dies.</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol25">25</td><td style="text-align: left;">The Truth
真実</td><td>April 2, 1999[61]
ISBN 978-4-08-872696-0</td><td>April 4, 2006[62]
ISBN 978-1-4215-0407-0</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; "><td colspan="4">
  • Act 218. "Madness Released" (狂気 解き放たる?)
  • Act 219. "Yahiko's True Battle (Part 1)" (弥彦 真の闘い 其の壱?)
  • Act 220. "Yahiko's True Battle (Part 2)" (弥彦 真の闘い 其の弐?)
  • Act 221. "Yahiko's True Battle (Part 3)" (弥彦 真の闘い 其の参?)
  • Act 222. "Yahiko's True Battle (Part 4)" (弥彦 真の闘い 其の四?)
  • Act 223. "Dream, Reality and Illusions" (夢と現と幻?)
  • Act 224. "The Truth" (真実 Shinjitsu?)
  • Act 225. "That Moment, a Gust of Wind" (その時、一陣の風?)
  • Act 226. "From a Samurai to the Shizoku" (侍から士族へ?)
  • Act 227. "Four More Days, One More Person" (あと四日、あと一人?)

</td></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF; text-align: left;"><td colspan="4">Kujiranami loses his control in prison, and goes berserk, attacking all Tokyo. With Saitō and Aoshi being investigating Enishi's island, Yahiko and a few policemen are the only ones try to confront him. All the officers are defeated by Kujiranami while Yahiko continues facing him despite his critical injures. Tsubame desperately asks Kenshin to help, but he still does not react. Another wanderer named Oibore, later revealed as Tomoe's father, helps Kenshin to discover what he can do to pay for the murderers he committed. Kenshin then goes to fight Kujiranami, and manages to calm him. After Kujiranami allows the policemen to arrest him, Kenshin starts resting to heal his wounds in order to prepare to rescue Kaoru.</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol26">26</td><td style="text-align: left;">A Man's Back
男の背中</td><td>July 2, 1999[63]
ISBN 978-4-08-872732-5</td><td>May 2, 2006[64]
ISBN 978-1-4215-0673-9</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; "><td colspan="4">
  • Act 228. "A Man's Back 1: Fight Merchant Reestablished" (男の背中 其の壱 喧嘩屋再開?)
  • Act 229. "A Man's Back 2: Two Alike" (男の背中 其の弐 似た者同士?)
  • Act 230. "A Man's Back 3: Portrait of a Family" (男の背中 其の参 家族の肖像?)
  • Act 231. "A Man's Back 4: Explosion" (男の背中 其の四 一触即発?)
  • Act 232. "A Man's Back 5: Character of Evil" (男の背中 其の伍 悪一文字?)
  • Act 233. "A Man's Back 6: Cry of the Mountain" (男の背中 其の六 山鳴り и?)
  • Act 234. "A Man's Back 7: The Back Tells Tales" (男の背中 其の七 背中は語る?)
  • Act 235. "White as the Snow Seen That Day" (あの日見た、雪の白さ?)
  • Act 236. "Landing" (上陸 Jouriku?)
  • Act 237. "Quarrel" (仲違い Naka chigai?)

</td></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF; text-align: left;"><td colspan="4">Sanosuke finds the village where he was born, and is hired by a former Ishin Shishi to beat up a villager who was opposing him. Sanosuke finds that such man is in fact his father who is living along with his two children, who do not know that Sanosuke is their brother. While discussing with his father, Sanosuke finds that the village is being tortured by the ex-Ishin Shishi, and so he decides to fight him. After defeating all of his soldiers, and beating up the Ishin Shishi, Sanosuke returns to Tokyo. Once he is healed, Kenshin and his friends go to Enishi's island to save Kaoru. However, as they arrive to the island, the group is attacked by Enishi's partner, Heishin.</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol27">27</td><td style="text-align: left;">The Answer
答</td><td>September 3, 1999[65]
ISBN 978-4-08-872758-5</td><td>June 6, 2006[66]
ISBN 978-1-4215-0674-6</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; "><td colspan="4">
  • Act 238. "Sū-shin Transformation" (四星変化?)
  • Act 239. "Sū-shin Battle — Saitō vs. Seiryū" (四神対決-斎藤対青龍-?)
  • Act 240. "Sū-shin Battle — Aoshi vs. Suzaku" (四神対決-蒼紫対朱雀-?)
  • Act 241. "Sū-shin Battle — Sanosuke vs. Byakko" (四神対決-左之助対白虎-?)
  • Act 242. "Sū-shin Battle — Yahiko vs. Genbu" (四神対決-弥彦対玄武-?)
  • Act 243. "The Dragon and the Tiger Meet Again" (龍虎再見?)
  • Act 244. "Sword Strikes" (撃剣?)
  • Act 245. "Hiten Mitsurugi-ryū Defeated" (飛天御剣流、封殺?)
  • Act 246. "The Answer" ( Kotae?)
  • Act 247. "Kyōkeimyaku (Frenzied Nerves)" (狂経脈?)

</td></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF; text-align: left;"><td colspan="4">Saitō, Aoshi, Sanosuke and Yahiko fight and defeat Heishin's four warriors so that Kenshin can rest before fighting Enishi. Heishin tries to escape, but he is suddenly knocked by Enishi. Having already brought Kaoru with him, Enishi starts fighting Kenshin and manages to block all his techniques. Enishi tells Kenshin to commit suicide, but Kenshin negates, saying that the answer he found pay for his murderers is by continuing protecting the weak. Enraged, Enishi suddenly awakens a mysterious ability named Kyōkeimyaku, product of his trauma of seeing Tomoe's death. In this state, Enishi's senses are intensified, allowing him to severely injure Kenshin.</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol28">28</td><td style="text-align: left;">Toward a New Era
新たなる世代へ</td><td>November 4, 1999[3]
ISBN 978-4-08-872782-0</td><td>July 5, 2006[12]
ISBN 978-1-4215-0675-3</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; "><td colspan="4">
  • Act 248. "Fury" (怒り Ikari?)
  • Act 249. "A New Step" (新たなる一歩?)
  • Act 250. "Smile Once More" (笑顔、再び?)
  • Act 251. "Hurry Go Round"
  • Act 252. "Autumn Wind" (秋風?)
  • Act 253. "Early Spring Sunshine" (小春日和?)
  • Act 254. "Years" (星霜 Seisou?)
  • Act 255 "(Finale). Toward a New Era" ((終幕)新たなる世代へ Shūmaku Arata naru sedai he?)
  • "Final Volume Short Story: Meteor Strike" (メテオ ストライク?)
  • "Buso Renkin Special Manga Preview (US Edition)"

</td></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF; text-align: left;"><td colspan="4">Using his sakabatō, Kenshin creates a sonic wave that injures Enishi's intensified senses. Both of them then proceed to use their strongest moves, and Kenshin wins as he is now able to use all his force. Heishin tries to shoot all of them, but Enishi knocks him out, as he remembers Tomoe's death. The police arrest Enishi and Heishin, but Enishi escapes when Kaoru gives him Tomoe's diary. Back in Tokyo, seeing that Kenshin will never be a hitokiri again, Saitō decides not to have his final fight against him. Megumi goes to Aizu to find her parents, while Sanosuke starts traveling around the world as he is now followed by the police for attacking the former Ishin Shishi. Five years later, Kenshin has married Kaoru, and they have a son named Himura Kenji. When Yahiko visits them, Kenshin challenges Yahiko to a fight to know how much he has improved. Although Yahiko loses, Kenshin gives him his sakabatō, being satisfied with his development.</td></tr> </table>

Notes

  1. "Hitokiri" means "manslayer", however, "Battōsai" does not have a literal meaning. While "battō" is a reference to battōjutsu, "sai" means "purify".

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