Rurouni Kenshin (I)(B Nobuhiro Watsuki / Shueisha $BI(BFuji-TV $BI(BSony Pictures (Japan)
Himura Kenshin is your basic late 19th century Japanese man adjusting
to the new Meiji era of equality. Except that in the previous Edo
dynasty, he was the Hitokiri Battousai, and assassin so skilled he
could kill you before you even knew you were dead. Now, sworn not to
kill, Kenshin attempts to re-enter society... but can he ever escape
his bloody past?
He certainly intends to try. With the help of new friends, the beautiful and strong Kamiya Kaoru, spunky junior samurai Myoujin Yahiko, and self-proclaimed bad-ass Sagara Sanosuke, Kenshin works towards a normal life. In the tumultous period of change in the mid-1800s, Kenshin defends truth and honor, wielding a sakaba sword. Now if only all those acquaintances of people he killed back as a Hitokiri would quit turning up...
$BI(BThe Rurouni Kenshin Archive: A great comprehensive site. There's a little of everything here.