Rurouni Kenshin, Vol. 1 (VIZBIG Edition) (1)
Packed with action, romance and historical intrigue, Rurouni Kenshin is one of the most beloved and popular manga series worldwide. Set against the backdrop of the Meiji Restoration, it tells the saga of Himura Kenshin, once an assassin of ferocious power, now a humble rurouni, a wandering swordsman fighting to protect the honor of those in need.
A hundred and fifty years ago in Kyoto, amid the flames of revolution, there arose a warrior, an assassin of such ferocious power he was given the title Hitokiri: Manslayer. With his bloodstained blade, Hitokiri Battosai helped close the turbulent Bakumatsu period and end the reign of the shoguns, slashing open the way toward the progressive Meiji Era. Then he vanished, and with the flow of years became legend.
In the 11th year of Meiji, in the middle of Tokyo, the tale begins. Himura Kenshin, a humble rurouni, or wandering swordsman, comes to the aid of Kamiya Kaoru, a young woman struggling to defend her father’s school of swordsmanship against attacks by the infamous Hitokiri Battosai. But neither Kenshin nor Battosai are quite what they seem…
This VIZBIG edition of Rurouni Kenshin contains Volumes 1-3, bonus color content, and updated text.
Rurouni Kenshin, Vol. 2, Vizbig Edition (Rurouni Kenshin VIZBIG Edition)
Change your perspective: get BIG
A Collection of Volumes 4 – 6!
Shinomori Aoshi was once the leader of Edo Castle’s elite guard, the Oniwanbanshū. When the shōgunate was overthrown, Aoshi and his men were deprived of both home and purpose. All that’s left to them now are their fighting skills, which they’ve put to service as a mercenary guard for the industrialist Takeda Kanryū. However much sympathy Kenshin might feel for the Oniwanbanshū, he’s sworn to stop Kanryū’s corrupt plans. But in order to do so, he’ll have to defeat Aoshi, a shinobi prodigy and master of a deadly twin-sword style.
Later, Isurugi Raijūta, a swordsman of incredible strength and ferocity, requests Kenshin’s aid in reforming Japan’s swordsmanship schools, to save them from their decline in the modern age. Although Kenshin is intrigued by Raijūta’s ideals, he’s disturbed by his increasingly brutal methods. Sanosuke runs into some trouble of his own when he’s reunited with a member of the Sekihō Army–the doomed civilian-run unit that they both served in during the revolution–who’s determined to exact revenge from the Meiji government.
Rurouni Kenshin, Vol. 3, Vizbig Edition (Rurouni Kenshin VIZBIG Edition)
A Collection of Volumes 7 – 9!
Kyoto: The ancient capital of Japan. It was during the chaos of the Bakumatsu that this shining jewel of a city was plunged into violence and bloodshed. The Shinsengumi, an elite corps of deadly warriors, crossed swords with Kenshin more than once in those days, but what has become of their legacy in the new Meiji Era? An old foe, Saitō-Hajime of the Shinsengumi, comes to pay a call at the Kamiya Dojo, but is his visit purely for revenge or a harbinger of much darker schemes to come?
Then, on May 14th in the 11th year of Meiji, tragedy strikes. Ōkubo Toshimichi, chief of the Department of Internal Affairs and one of the most powerful men in Japan, is assassinated in broad daylight, but who could be behind such a fiendish plot? It appears that the ghosts of Meiji’s bloody past are threatening to wreak havoc on this new age of “culture and enlightenment”–personified by Shishio Makoto, the man who took Kenshin’s position when he ceased to be Hitokiri Battōsai. Though Kenshin has foresworn the taking of lives, he heeds the call and departs for Kyoto, knowing all too well that Shishio anxiously awaits his arrival!
Rurouni Kenshin, Vol. 4, Vizbig Edition (Rurouni Kenshin VIZBIG Edition)
A Collection of Volumes 10 – 12!
Kenshin journeys to the home of Arai Shakkû, the legendary swordsmith who forged his sakabatô, in the hope of procuring a replacement for the blade that was shattered in a fight with Seta Sôjirô. Instead of Shakkû, though, Kenshin finds his son Seikû, who has given up making instruments of death. But when word gets around that before he passed away Shakkû forged a final blade, one of Shishio’s warriors also decides to pay a visit, and he doesn’t plan on leaving empty-handed. With the safety of Seikû’s family at risk, Kenshin springs into action, even if it means fighting without a weapon at his side!
Kenshin realizes that if he is to defeat Shishio the time has come to complete his training in Hiten Mitsurugi-ryû. But first he will have to convince his incredibly stubborn master, Hiko Seijûrô, that he is indeed worthy of Hiten Mitsurugi’s greatest secrets and techniques. Then, with all of his Juppongatana “Ten Swords” fighters now in Kyoto, Shishio kicks into high gear with his scheme to radically alter the face of Meiji Era Japan. Can Kenshin, Saitô and Misao marshal their resources in time to prevent Shishio from burning Kyoto to the ground?!
Rurouni Kenshin (VIZBIG Edition), Vol. 5: The Time Is Now (Volume 5)
A Collection of Volumes 13 – 15!
As Shishio Makoto’s Juppongatana warriors descend on Aoi-Ya and the Kyoto-based Oniwabanshū, Kenshin, Sanosuke, and Saitō Hajime take the fight right to Shishio’s front door: his mountain stronghold. Sano tests both his fists and his powerful “Mastery of Two Layers” against the immovable Yūkyūzan Anji, the very person who taught him that technique. Saitō matches blades with the homicidal “Blind Sword” Usui, while Kenshin and Shinomori Aoshi resume their match, which was put on hold back in Tokyo.
Meanwhile, Misao and her compatriots desperately try to turn the tide against a slew of Juppongatana fighters. With Yahiko and Kaoru getting in on the action, things begin to look slightly less insurmountable…and then the giant Fuji appears. Facing strength and skill that can literally reduce buildings into piles of kindling, Kenshin’s weary friends may lose all hope. Is there a swordsman alive who can stand up to Fuji’s horrific might?
Rurouni Kenshin, Vol. 6, Vizbig Edition (Rurouni Kenshin VIZBIG Edition)
A Collection of Volumes 16 – 18!
Second only to Shishio Makoto when it comes to skill with a blade, the emotionless warrior Seta Sôjirô‘s speed and agility are pushing Kenshin to the breaking point. But how did a seemingly humble man such as Sôjirô decide to ally himself with the ruthless hitokiri Shishio? Mid-battle, Sôjirô pauses to reflect back on his fateful encounter with the man to whom he would one day pledge his loyalty. Has Sôjirô truly reconciled himself to his master’s downright homicidal worldview?
And finally, Kenshin’s long-awaited duel with Shishio commences. With nothing less than the future of Japan hanging in the balance, Kenshin’s resolution to never again take a life is about to be put to the ultimate test. Assistance also comes from Sanosuke, Saitô Hajime and Shinomori Aoshi, but to the power-hungry Shishio, men even of their caliber can be swatted down like so many flies. Will someone find Shishio’s weakness before he annihilates the greatest swordsmen the Meiji Era has to offer? Furthermore, can Kenshin’s dream for a new Japan be possible as long as Shishio still draws breath?
Rurouni Kenshin 7: Remembrance VIZBIG Edition (Rurouni Kenshin VIZBIG Edition)
R to L (Japanese Style). RemembranceIn the new Meiji Era, Himura Kenshin uses his reversed-edge sword to protect the lives of those within his reach, but during the chaos and bloodshed of the Bakumatsu, he was a very different man. What is the true story behind the cross-shaped scar Kenshin bears on his face? It is the tale of Himura Tomoe, Kenshin’s wife who died at his very hands, and of her brother Enishi, who has devoted his entire existence to the goal of watching Kenshin suffer.As one of the deadliest hitokiri in Kyoto several years ago, Kenshin served at the pleasure of Katsura Kogor of Ch sh . One night, Kenshin found himself doing battle with agents of the sh gunate, and a lone woman from a nearby pub witnessed the scene–but she may not have been there entirely by accident. Betrayal, lost love, revenge: such is the nature of Kenshin’s past life. Can he reconcile these old memories in time to prevent the carnage that Enishi is about to visit upon the Kamiya Dojo and those dear
Rurouni Kenshin, Vol. 8, Vizbig Edition (Rurouni Kenshin VIZBIG Edition)
A Collection of Volumes 22 – 24!
Making good on his promise to attack the Kamiya Dojo, Enishi and his comrades pounce on Kenshin and company and quickly fight them to a standstill. Seeking to break the impasse, the masked puppet master Gein prepares to unleash his greatest creation, Iwanbō Version Three. Now the battle has three fronts: Sanosuke vs. Inui Banjin and his indestructible gauntlets, Yahiko vs. the deviously deadly Otowa Hyōko, and Kenshin vs. Gein’s latest toy.
Not wanting to be left out of the fun, Saitō Hajime happens by in time to clash with the freakish Yatsume MumyōI, but has this all been a calculated step in Enishi’s master plan? For the first time since his appearance in Tokyo, Enishi unveils his awesome fighting skills, a deadly combination of both Japanese and Chinese techniques. Believing that Kenshin’s death alone will not satisfy his departed sister’s soul, Enishi prepares to cast Kenshin into a living hell of remorse and regret. Will Kaoru become a sacrifice on the altar of Enishi’s bloody revenge?
Rurouni Kenshin 9: Toward a New Era VIZBIG Edition Final Volume! (Rurouni Kenshin VIZBIG Edition)
R to L (Japanese Style). Change your perspective: get BIG Final Volume! Toward a New Era: Yukishiro Enishi’s plan to cast Kenshin into a living hell of remorse and regret appears to have succeeded. Holding himself responsible for Kaoru’s death, Kenshin has taken up residence in the “Fallen Village,” a community of outcastes and untouchables. But if he doesn’t snap out of his depression soon, there may no longer be a Tokyo to return to. Kujiranami, the behemoth of a warrior whose arm Kenshin severed during the Bakumatsu, escapes from prison and is bent on total annihilation. Yahiko takes it upon himself to stand up to Kujiranami’s madness, but the odds are far from being in the young swordsman’s favor. Meanwhile, Sanosuke also manages to get into his own unique brand of trouble when he steps into a dispute between an old man and a group of land-grabbing yakuza. Little does Sano expect, though, that he was bound for a family reunion he won’t soon forget. And finally