"Atonement is...For sinful crimes, no matter how much pain is poured into atonement, it can't become that without someone's forgiveness.
...Gamble the sword and heart, and make this fight's life an
accomplishment. That is the answer I have found.""He doesn't know whether it will become a life without retribution.. He doesn't know whether it will end without forgiveness... However, despite that, he still smiles... with that usual fully kind smile
that hides this slight sadness. It can't replace human life, but... I, at least, want to stay by him.
I want to stay by his side throughout anything."
Rurouni Kenshin Behind the Scenes
Volume 8 Chapter 63: Makimachi Misao
↳ Episode 43: Between life and death & Episode 62: Kyoto, the engraved memory
"I have to live because they died for me.”
As incomplete and silly as the Rurouni Kenshin anime was, it still had its beautiful moments — most of which can be found in the Kyoto Arc. Notable parts include the FFF scene, the Kenshin vs. Saitou fight, the Kenshin vs. Chou fight, and the Kenshin vs. Soujiro fight. However, my favorite episodes will always be Episode 43 and Episode 62 because of the scenes above.
One of the things I love most about Kenshin is how he continues to live honorably despite everything he went through. He could have held a grudge, he could have killed himself, he could have put the blame on others. But he didn’t. He accepted what life gave him and did what he thought was the right thing to do. And his idealism makes you sympathize with him the most. It makes you want to live as honorably as you can. It makes you think that however messed up you are, you can still be a good person.