For this week’s Music Monday, I decided to take a look at one of my favourite anime: Rurouni Kenshin. If I had to choose one anime that had the most impact on me, it would be this one. It started my interest in Japanese culture (especially my interest on Samurais) as well as my growing interest on music.
Set in early Meiji Period, it tells the story of Kenshin, a vagabond swordman trying to repent for his past sins as a ‘hitokiri’. Rurouni Kenshin was one of the most popular series of the late 90s, and helped launch the careers of a few well known singers and bands, such as T.M.Revolution and Siam Shade.
T.M.Revolution’s career was launch when their song, Heart of Sword ~Yoake Mae~, was chosen as the third ending theme for the series. I believe the song suits the series quite well – or at the very least, its title does, as Kenshin’s name literally means Heart of Sword. Either way, it’s a nice song that was very popular at the time.
Siam Shade burst into the mainstream when their single 1/3 no Junjou na Kanjou became the sixth ending theme of the series. As well as my favourite anime theme song of all time.