On September 24, 2022, the staff for Nobuhiro Watsuki’s Rurouni Kenshin manga revealed it would be getting a reboot by LIDEN FILMS set to premiere in 2023! The Rurouni Kenshin anime reboot has also revealed a trailer, its production team members, and the main cast.
You can watch the new trailer on Aniplex’s official YouTube channel here:
What is the plot of Rurouni Kenshin?
The plot of the Rurouni Kenshin reboot will re-adapt the main manga series and goes as follows:
During the final years of the Bakumatsu Era, a legendary assassin known as “Hitokiri Battousai” roamed Japan. Battousai was unmatched in swordsmanship and feared as being a merciless killer but at the peak of the Japanese Revolution he mysteriously and suddenly disappeared.
Ten years pass, but the mere mention of the name “Battousai” still strikes terror into people’s hearts – even seasoned war veterans. Battousai has abandoned his bloodstained lifestyle in an effort to repent for his sins and is currently living under the alias “Kenshin Himura”. Along with a new name he’s adopted a new cheerful personality but maintains his strong will.
Kenshin has vowed to never kill again and dedicates himself to protecting the weak. One day, he crosses paths with the daughter of a kendo master, Kaoru Kamiya, who is being threatened by a man claiming to be Battousai at her dojo. After saving Kaoru she offers Kenshin a place to stay and he decides to remain with her. Kenshin continues to strive to save those in need of saving, however, as enemies from both past and present begin to emerge will the once-killer be able to keep his vow of not killing?
Souma Saitou comments on his role as Kenshin Himura
I’ve been a fan of the story of Rurouni Kenshin since I was a child so to get to play him is a dream come true. This is a work that has been loved by so many people for a long time and because of that I feel a great weight of responsibility. I will do my best and put my sincerity into my vocal performance.Souma Saitou commented at Comic Natalie
Rie Takahashi comments on her role as Kaoru Kamiya
When I auditioned for the role of Kaoru Kamiya I challenged it with all my might, but I was still so surprised when I found out I had “passed”. We just finished the recording for the trailer, but I still remain in a state of surprise and disbelief that this is really happening. The story of Rurouni Kenshin has been loved by many people and done in many mediums. It’s funny but I am the same age as the serialization year and have followed it for many years. I hope those who haven’t gotten to experience this story yet will find it life-changing. I plan to play Karou carefully. I’d like to thank the fans for their warm support.Rie Takahashi commented at Comic Natalie
Who are the members of the production team?
Rurouni Kenshin Reboot production team members include:
- Director – Hideyo Yamamoto (Strike the Blood, Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka, Cells at Work! Code Black)
- Animation – LIDEN FILMS
- Character Designer – Terumi Nishii
- Scriptwriter – Hideyuki Kurata
- Music composer – Yuu Takami
Where can I read the Rurouni Kenshin manga?
In September 2017, Nobuhiro Watsuki teamed up with his wife, Kaoru Kurosaki, to launch the Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc (Rurouni Kenshin, Meiji Kenkaku Romantan) manga in Shueisha’s Jump SQ magazine. In December 2017, the manga went on hiatus when Watsuki was charged with possession of child pornography to the severe disappointment of his fans. In June 2018, the manga resumed publication. The manga’s chapters have been collected into seven tankobon chapters by Shueisha as of May 2, 2022.
The English version of the manga has been licensed by Viz Media for release in North America, but Viz Media stopped releasing the manga simultaneously with its Japanese counterpart after its hiatus in 2017.
In 1994, Watsuki first launched his 28-volume Rurouni Kenshin manga in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, and it has more than 72 million copies in circulation worldwide. The manga inspired a 95-episode anime TV series adaptation, an anime film, three OVAs, five live-action films, and a stage musical by the female musical troupe Takarazuka Revue.
In April 2021, the live-action film Rurouni Kenshin Saishuushou The Final opened in Japan and in June 2021 the live-action film Rurouni Kenshin Saishuushou The Beginning opened in Japan. Both films have been available for streaming on Netflix.
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