The following is a list of episodes from the second season of the anime series Rurouni Kenshin
. Directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi and produced by Aniplex and Fuji TV, the second season ran in Japan on Fuji TV from October 30, 1996 and ran through September 17, 1997. The second season spanned 35 episodes and was based on volumes 7-18 of the manga series of the same name by Nobuhiro Watsuki. This season features the fight of the former assassin named Himura Kenshin, against his successor Shishio Makoto, who aims to conquer Japan.
The series was licensed for broadcast and home video release in North America by Media Blasters. Their English dubbed episodes were aired on Cartoon Network's Toonami programming block from April 23, 2003 through October 18, 2003. Media Blasters released this season within DVDs seven to fourteen of the anime from May 1, 2001 to November 13, 2001. A DVD compilation of all these episodes was released on January 17, 2006.
Five pieces of theme music are used during the second season. The first season's opening theme "Sobakasu" by Judy and Mary, continues to be used through episode 38. At episode 39 the opening changes to "½" by Makoto Kawamoto. At the start of the season, the "Heart of Sword - Yoake Mae" by Takanori Nishikawa, under the name of T.M. Revolution, is used for the ending theme. As with the opening theme, the ending changes at episode 39 to "The Fourth Avenue Cafe" by L'Arc-en-Ciel. The theme changes to "Heart of Sword - Yoake Mae" at episode 43, then at episode 50 it changes again, this time to "It's Gonna Rain" by Bonnie Pink.