Rurouni Kenshin: Dreams (#Rurokenweek project – 6 pictures + text)

I made this for this year’s #Rurokenweek on Tumblr. I won’t be able to create something for every day, but this was fun – and good practice 🙂 I’ve gotten lazy again with drawing.

For the drawings 3, 4 and 6 I used screenshots from the Rurouni Kenshin Live Action Movie as references and made a manga style version of the scenes ^^


It started with a dream. A dream of creating a better world, with his own hands and this sword. It was a dream far too big for a child.

Rurouni Kenshin: Battousai (by Esther Wagner)
It was his dream that kept him going. It nourished his strength, guided his blade, held the pieces of his shattered soul together. His dream was a lifeline in that endless sea of blood he had created.

When his ghosts haunted his sleep and made him jerk up from horrible nightmares, his dream was always there to give him comfort, purpose – even when he didn’t wake the worst of all nightmares.

His dream ofcreating a better world came true (didn’t it?). When he left his killing blade behind, atonement bekame his new driving force. The only dreams he had left were nightmares from the past. He was not allowed to dream, was unworthy of dreaming.

Rurouni Kenshin: The journey begins (by Esther Wagner)
Then he met her. She gave him shelter, acceptance, a home and started mending his damaged soul. And slowly he dared to dream again.

Rurouni Kenshin: Shelter (by Esther Wagner)
When it all fell to pieces this time no dreams were left to keep his soul together. This time there was just cruel, agonizing, merciless reality. He was tired, so tired but he couldn’t, wouldn’t sleep. Wouldn’t endure more nightmares. It was already enough.

Rurouni Kenshin: Shattered (by Esther Wagner)
Was he dreaming? No – all his dreams were crashed when he had seen her lifeless, abused body leaning on the wall. So this was – real? She was alive?

Rurouni Kenshin: Will you live with me? (by Esther Wagner)
When she caught him from falling, caught him in her gentle, strong arms he knew: this dream he would hold on to, would never let go. This was not for the happiness of other people, not for the appeasement of his ghosts. This was his dream. And together with her he would make it come true.

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