In the anime, Kenshin appears to be about 17 (at least to my western, Caucasian eyes). Consider that the revolution was 10 years in the past, and it must have taken years during the war for him to develop his skills and reputation as Battosai the Man-Slayer. At a minimum, I think he's got to be 31, and that is if he got started in the revolution while still a mid-teen.

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A simple google search returns the following:


28 (about 33 end of series)

Source: http://kenshin.wikia.com/wiki/Himura_Kenshin

  • Thanks. I had checked the Wikipedia article for the series, but not that of Kenshin himself. Both the Wikia and Wikipedia links state that he was originally going to be 30 or older, but the publisher thought that was too old for a manga aimed at teenage audience. Answer accepted.
    – RichF
    Commented Jan 4, 2016 at 0:47

Kenshin was born June 20th, 1849. Sold into slavery at age 6 (1855) Trained until his departure at age 14 (1864) when he began his Hitokiri days, obtained the first vertical Half of his trademark scar. By 1868 he abandoned his assassin role for guerilla swordsman duty protecting Imperial officials. 1869 Boshin War Ends (Kenshin Age 20) Proliferates his wandering days for nearly a decade til he arrives in Tokyo in early 1878 (Age 28) OVA: reflections: 5 years later, dies at age 33 of unknown disease (Presumably either Leprosy or Meningococcal disease)

  • Thank you for detailed answer. After 4 years, forgot I asked this. 🙂
    – RichF
    Commented Oct 27, 2020 at 5:22

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