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"Rurouni Kenshin" ("Samurai X") Anime Opening & Ending Theme Songs With Lyrics

Susan has been an online writer for more than 12 years, and she nurtures her interests in makeup, cats, food, and Japan.

Kenshin Himura, Hitokiri Battosai

Kenshin Himura, Hitokiri Battosai

About "Samurai X"

I used to love Rurouni Kenshin, or Samurai X as it was also known. I still do, in fact. I just fell in love with Kenshin Himura, Saito Hajime, and Aoshi Shinomori, three major characters in the hit manga, and I must have watched every single episode of the show. Loved them so much I went so far as to fantasize I was an anime character!

What I remember the most though was its impressive array of opening and ending themes which were changed once, twice, or thrice in each season. The songs were so catchy that I memorized every single one of them even though I don't speak Japanese.

I've compiled the videos of all the opening and ending themes, admittedly for selfish reasons but I'm sharing them with you, and their lyrics, too, so you can sing along. Rurouni Kenshin buffs like myself will surely think they've died and gone to heaven when they see this. Enjoy!

First Opening Theme

"Sobakasu" by Judy and Mary was the first opening theme of Rurouni Kenshin. It was used from episode 1 to 38.

"Sobakasu" by Judy and Mary

Daikirai datta sobakasu wo chotto
Hito na deshite tameiki wo hitotsu
Hebiikyuu no koi wa migoto ni
Kakuzatou to issho ni toketa
Mae yori mo motto yaseta mune ni chotto
"Chiku" tto sasaru toge ga itai
Hoshiuranai mo ate ni naranai wa
Motto tooku made issho ni yuketara nee
Ureshikute sore dake de

Omoide wa itsumo kirei da kedo
Sore dake ja onaka ga suku no
Hontou wa setsunai yoru na no ni
Doushite kashira?
Ano hito no namida mo omoidasenai no
Omoidasenai no
Wooooooooo...

Second Opening Theme

"1/2" by Makoto Kawamoto was the second opening theme of Rurouni Kenshin. It was used from episode 39 to 82.

"1/2" by Kawamoto Makoto

senaka ni mimi wo pitto tsukete dakishimeta
kyoukaisen mitai na karada ga jama da ne
dokka ichai-sou na no sa

damatte'ru to chigire-sou dakara, konna kimochi
hankei san me toru inai no sekai de motto
motto hittsuitetai no sa

kawaribanko de PEDARU wo koide
ojigi no himawari toorikoshite
gungun kaze wo nomikonde, sou tobe-sou jan
hajimete kanjita kimi no taion
dare yori mo tsuyoku naritai
attakai rizumu
niKO no shinzou ga kuttsuite'ku

kuchibiru to kuchibiru me to me to the to te
kami-sama wa nanimo kinshi nanka shitenai
aishite'ru aishite'ru aishite'ru

atashi mada koritenai
otona ja wakan'nai
kurushite setsunakute
misetakute PANKU shichau
soppo mite matte'ru kara
POKKE no mayotte'ru te de
hoppe ni furete
koishite'ru chikara ni mahou wo kakete
taiyou ga zutto shizumanai you ni

Third Opening Theme

"Kimi Ni Fureru Dake De" by Curio was the third and last opening theme of Rurouni Kenshin. It was used from episode 83 to 95.

"Kimi Ni Fureru Dake De" by Curio

One Two

Tomedonaku afurete
Koboreru Namida no kazu hodo
Yarusenai koto mo nai
Zutto hateshinai boku no ai

Baby sou sa karada ga tukeru kurai no
Atsui munasawagi ni makasete woo
Nani mo ka mo koete yukou

Ah- Kimi ni fureru tabi ni kimi e to chikazuite
Ah- Kimi ni wo kanjita mama boku wa mitasarete
Takamatte iku kokoro wo tashikameru you ni
Kimi wo tsuyoku dakishimeru yo
Dakishimeru yo...

Come Baby Yeah

First Ending Theme

"Tactics" by The Yellow Monkey was the first ending theme of Rurouni Kenshin. It was used from epidode 1 to 12.

"Tactics" by The Yellow Monkey

Gira tto shita kimi no me ni Doki tto shita hirusagari
Shakki tto shita ore no karada marude tamesareteru you ni
Tsun tto shita kimi to kuuki ni zoku tto shita koigokoro wa
Zara tto shita suna wo kami sareru ga mama yoru ni naru

Sorosoro jiman no kuchibiru de wain wo nomasete kurenai ka
Mangetsu no yoru ni musubareta otoko to onna wa eien sa

Hageshiku Lady Ah Give me your love
Ayashiku Lady I need your love
Tama ni miseru samishige na me ga
Uso ka hontou ka wakaranai
Sunao ni Lady Ah Give me your love
Kanjite mite Lady I need your love
Kimi no shigusa ni furimawasarete
Muchuu no ai wa ore no naka de odoru


Second Ending Theme

"Namida Wa Shitteiru" by Mayo Suzukaze was the second ending theme of Rurouni Kenshin. It was used from episode 13 to 27.

"Namida Wa Shitteiru" by Mayo Suzukaze

Kimi ga namida ni yureru toki
Dousureba iin darou
Sora wo miagetemo
Kokoro ga itai
Kizu tsukanakute ii koto ni
Dare mo ga fureteshimau
Mizu no tsumetasa ni
Odoroku toki no you ni
Tonari ni iru dake de
Nanimo dekinai kedo
Arittake no egao kimi dake ni
Kakaete okuruyo donna toki mo

Shinjite ii yo yume wa yattekuru
Kimi no tame dake ni
Naitemo ii yo donna kanashimimo
Tsubasa ni kawaru no sa sono mune de

Third and Fifth Ending Theme

"Heart of Sword - Yoake Mae" by T.M. Revolution was the third and fifth ending theme of Rurouni Kenshin. Version 1 was used from episode 28 to 38 and Version 2 from episode 43 to 49 to take the place of "The Fourth Avenue Cafe".

"Heart of Sword - Yoake Mae" by T.M. Revolution

Hitori de wa, tooi ashita wo
Yoake no mama de, koesou de
Bukatteikya kokeru omoi yo
Konya mo mata, sure chigai

Sanzan sugite doryoku no ato mo
Naku naru kekka, only no tsuna watari
Yaru dake son suru yona, mainichi wa
Sha ni kamaeteta hou koso, raku ni naru

Atsukute, tsurai jibun wo kakushite, mijikai toki wo ikiteru

Hitori de wa, tooi ashita wo
Yoake no mama de, koesou de
Hottokeba, hashiru omoi yo
Yume mo mata, sure chigai

Nando nankai, kurikaeshitemo
Modottekichau, ai dakara
Bukatteiku, kesunu omoi wo
Semeru hou ga, suji chigai

Fourth Ending Theme

"The Fourth Avenue Cafe" by L'Arc~en~Ciel was the fourth ending theme of Rurouni Kenshin. It was used from episode 39 to 42 then was pulled by Sony due to a controversy regarding a drug bust involving a former drummer of L'Arc~en~Ciel.

"The Fourth Avenue Cafe" by L'Arc~en~Ciel

Kisetsu wa odayaka ni owari wo tsugeta ne
Irodorareta kioku ni yosete
Sayonara Ai wo kureta ano hito wa
Kono hitomi ni yurameite ita

Togirenai kimochi nante
Hajime kara shinjite 'nakatta
Utsuriyuku machinami ni torinokosareta mama

Yukikau ano hito-bito ga ima wa
Tooku ni kanjirare de
Zawameki sae usurete wa
Tameiki ni kiete shimau

Kuuseki ni mitsumerareta
Taikutsu na kyuujitsu ni wa
Owaru koto naku anata ga nagare-tsuzukete iru

Wakatte ite mo kizukanai-furi shite
Oborete ita yo Itsu demo
Dare ka no koto omotte 'ru
Yokogao demo suteki datta kara

Kisetsu wa odoyaka ni owari wo tsugeta ne
Idorareta kioku ni yosete
Sayonara Ai wo kureta ano hito wa
Tooi sora ni koi kogarete
Kono hitomi ni yurameite ita

Utsuriyuku machinami ni tameiki wa koboreta

Sixth Ending Theme

"It's Gonna Rain" by Bonnie Pink was the sixth ending theme of Rurouni Kenshin. It was used from episode 50 to 66.

"It's Gonna Rain" by Bonnie Pink

Ashidori mo karukushite chao chao
Torumono mo toriaezu chao chao
Raion ga unaru mitai no raimei ga
Taisan wo unagashite iru
Dou naru no?
Sou...mou sugu ame

Dai kirai ame nanka chao chao
Mou sukoshi itai noni
Kaikan ga kaisan ni kawaru shunkan wo
Raion ga isogaseta no wa
Meihaku No! Meiwaku
It's gonna rain!

Ame wa mou aribai wo kesu no?
Kare wa mou wasurete shimau no?
Futari wa mou korekiri ni naru no?
Subete wa ame no seitte koto ni shite okou

It's gonna rain!
It's gonna rain!

Seventh Ending Theme

"1/3 no Junjou na Kanjou" by Siam Shade was the seventh ending theme of Rurouni Kenshin. It was used from episode 67 to 82.

"1/3 no Junjou na Kanjou" by Siam Shade

kowareru hodo aishite mo
sanbun-no-ichi mo tsutawaranai
junjou na kanjou wa karamawari
I love you sae ienaide-iru my heart

nagaku nemurenai yoru ga
kimi e no omoi
"sore wa koi nan desu" to sasayaku yo
tomedonaku katari kakeru
yureru kodou wa
binetsu majiri no tameiki e to kawaru

Give me smile and shine days
kimi no smile de
itetsuku yoru no samusa mo good, koraerareru

kowareru hodo aishite mo
sanbun-no-ichi mo tsutawaranai
junjou na kanjou wa karamawari
I love you sae ienaide-iru my heart

manatsu no ame no you ni
kawaita suhada
uruosu kimi no egao ga mabushikute

Give me smile and shine days
kyuu ni sumasanaide
donna ni konnan de nankan na kabe mo,
koeru kara

kowareru hodo aishite mo
sanbun-no-ichi mo tsutawaranai
junjou na kanjou wa karamawari
I love you sae ienaide-iru my heart
My heart

Eighth Ending Theme

"Dame" by You Izumi was the eighth and last ending theme of Rurouni Kenshin. It was used from episode 83 to 95.

"Dame" by You Izumi

Machi chuu doko demo uso bakari Hyaku nen mae kara shouchi da yo
Ima sara aki kankeru kurai Dare demo dekiru
Ai wa nagu same no Dou gu nanka ja nai n da shi

DAME DAME DAME de dame na hito ne Ittai nani o yatteru no?
Un ja nai TSUKI ja nai Motto jitsu ryoku misete
DAME DAME DAME ne ONNA wa mou Sonna OTOKO ja kanji nai
Itsu datte KURAKURA toki sou na hodo OTOKO ni natte choudai

Hito wa dare demo kizutsuite Ookiku naru mono de shou?
Taore temo mata haia ga ru Sore demo dame nara sono toki
ATASHI ga dakishimete ageru kara ii ja nai no yo

DAME DAME DAME de dame na hito ne Ittai nani o yatteru no?
Kono tsugi wa tsuyoi toko Motto kicchiri misete
DAME DAME DAME ne ONNA wa mou Sonna OTOKO ja ho re nai yo
Itsu datte KURA KURA toki sou na hodo OTOKO no natte choudai

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© 2009 Susan Ng Yu

Comments

Miko on December 01, 2018:

Hey, that is my favorite anime film. Can someone here share a link to download all of part ini rurouni kenshin? I only watched his episode. I cant find the ova and movie reflection in google

Darren on December 16, 2017:

A good read, thank you. I see you updated this boy so long ago so hope it's ok to shoot a question across. I REALLY want to watch this. I bought a Malaysian release, English dub from a Malaysia based seller on eBay. I've had bad experiences with those versions. The subtitle translations are often gibberish. So I think I'm restricted to watching it in English. I recently noticed it on Netflix. My query is, do you, or anyone, know if there is a difference between the retail and Netflix versions? Is the Netflix version the full one, with no cut or censored content? Thanks!

jmusiic loverr on August 29, 2016:

hi, nice blog hope there is a way to get the cd dvd compilation and share it

HeartOfSword on July 26, 2016:

Good job compiling these! :D I still have my own hard copies of the lyrics for the opening and ending songs. The internet was not that readily accessible back then so I have to rely on my printed copies. :D I did notice that some of the lyrics are incomplete/incorrect just like the 2nd part of Dame! Anyway, glad to meet another RK fan :P

parwati on July 11, 2016:

this is my favorite anime

Ismail Razaq on July 21, 2015:

I so much love this cartoon but I never watch the last episode,you don't need to tell me that I missed somthing!

Rojalde Arintok on March 21, 2015:

I really really really really really love this song, no 1 on my playlist

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaGGjCnp3JY

maybe you can compiled One Piece OP & ED Theme

Susan Ng Yu (author) on August 02, 2014:

You could download it straight from YouTube using a free program called Freemake Video Downloader.

mararev on July 30, 2014:

how do i download these?

Susan Ng Yu (author) on May 14, 2014:

That's good to hear, onethsis. :)

onethsis on May 02, 2014:

thanks susan-chan

kenshin was my brother and my childhood hero...

we are watching all the episodes again for the nth time including the two OVAs...

because of you're help ive dl all songs except "Namida Wa Shitteiru" by Mayo Suzukaze..didn't like it that much...:D