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New Rurouni Kenshin The anime revealed a new trailer and information on additional voice cast members at today’s Jump Festa panel dedicated to the series. Studio LIDEN FILMS is animating the anime reboot, which will be directed by Hideo Yamamoto.

Rurouni Kenshin 2023 – Second trailer

Myojin Yahiko and Sagara Sanosuke will voice Makoto Koichi and Taku Yashiro respectively. Both characters are part of the new trailer. Images of the characters were revealed yesterday alongside today’s announcement. In the original version, Yahiko was voiced by Miina Tominaga and Sanosuke by Yuji Ueda.

Soma Saito and Rie Takahashi voice the main duo Kenshin Himura and Kaoru Kamiya. Today’s stage was attended by Ri Takahashi. Terumi Niishi is in charge of character design, and Hideyuki Karuta is in charge of series composition. The music is composed by Yu Takami. The first trailer of the anime was released in September.

The series is based on a manga by Nobuhiro Watsuki that ran in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1994 to 1999. Direct continuation of the series, Rurouni Kenshin. Hokkaido Arch, began serialization in 2017. Watsuki’s wife, Kaworu Kurosaki, is also involved in the project. The series was briefly put on hiatus (February–June 2018) after Watsuki was accused of possessing explicit material directed at children.

Gallop and Studio DEEN produced the adaptation, which aired from 1996 to 1999. There are also many manga side stories and OVAs as well as a movie. The franchise also has a live-action adaptation that spans 5 films. The first one was released in 2012, and the last one premiered in 2021.

Viz Media has licensed the manga in English and describes the plot as:
One hundred and forty years ago in Kyoto, with the arrival of the American “black ships”, a warrior appeared who, killing people with his bloody blade, received the name Hitokiri, the killer. His assassin blade helped close the tumultuous Bakumatsu era and ushered in the progressive era known as Meiji. Then he disappeared and became a legend over the years.

Source: Official Website, Jump Festa ’23
© Nobuhiro Watsuki/Shueisha, “Rurouni Kenshin -Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story-” Production Committee


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