Kenshin is barely spared, and Saitou insults him afterwards by saying Kenshin Himura as "the wandering samurai" will be of no use to him and the police in the upcoming battle for the nation of Japan.
He joins Kaoru's dojo to become a stronger swordsman, becoming the first graduate of Kamiya Kasshin-ryū.
Most of them are original stories which were later adapted in the anime.
His begrudging companionship with rival Kenshin and the less-skilled Sanosuke makes for a highly entertaining dynamic.
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He eventually learns to catch swords between the knuckles of his index and middle fingers, gaining him the nickname ".