The MC is called Himura Kenshin. And Kenshin is a name given to him (meaning "heart of the sword", or something similar). But I can't remember "rurouni" ever being mentioned whatsoever in the series? I know "rurounin" means wanderer, and "rurou" has a similar meaning (e.g. vagrant). But looking it up to confirm it, the title is literally "rurouni" kenshin. So what the hell is "rurouni"? Why is it named that way?

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According to the Rurouni Kenshin Fandom wiki page:

Rurouni (るろうに), while being a word invented by Rurouni Kenshin author Nobuhiro Watsuki, has a meaning similar or identical to that of the word rōnin (浪人), which refers to wandering, masterless samurai.

"Rurouni" is often being seen translated into "wanderer", which is not a real Japanese word. The show is also often dubbed as "Wandering Samurai" or "Wandering Swordsman."

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