Brief Summary: While off on an errand Kenshin runs afoul of the Police Swordsmen, an elite and corrupt group of lawmen who are the only people who are legally authorized by the Meiji government to carry a sword in public. Meanwhile, a squad of city policemen show up at the Kamiya Dojo ready to arrest the Hitokiri Battousai whom they've learned is currently in residence.
My Thoughts: I can still remember my reaction to this episode on my first watch of the series. This was the episode where I knew I was hooked. It's the first really satisfying fight of the show. In this fight we see Kenshin's soft exterior slip and get our first glimpse at how the Hitokiri Battousai must have fought.
The episode strikes home how hard it must be for Kenshin to carry on in the Meiji Era. We still don't know his reasons for disappearing after the revolution ended or why Kenshin refuses to kill again. We are are told that Kenshin fought alongside the Imperialists for a better world, but ten years later appears that corruption has replaced corruption.
A Particularly Ominous Line: "Even if it's only the handful of people that I meet on the street, I can still protect them with just one sword, that I can." ~ Kenshin Himura
You seem pretty confident about that, Kenshin. Let's test this theory over the next 92 episodes, shall we?
Go Team Kaoru Moment: Kaoru totally unleashes a can of Judo-whop-ass on the city policemen as she tries to make her escape in order to go warn Kenshin.