The main cast, major crew, and trailer for the next television anime series based on Nobuhiro Watsuki’s Rurouni Kenshin manga were all unveiled at the Aniplex Online Fest 2022 event on Saturday. The anime will make its debut in 2023 on the Noitamina programming block of Fuji TV.
The primary manga series is being readapted for the anime.
Aniplex also unveiled Kenshin and Kaoru’s character images.
Terumi Nishii is creating the character designs, Hideyuki Kurata is in charge of the series composition, while Hideyo Yamamoto (Strike the Blood, Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka, Cells at Work! Code Black) is directing the anime at LIDEN FILMS.
Music is being written by Y Takami.
The series’ leads are Sma Sait as Kenshin Himura and Rie Takahashi as Kaoru Kamiya.
In Shueisha’s Jump SQ magazine in September 2017, Watsuki and his novelist wife and co-writer Kaoru Kurosaki debuted the Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc (Rurouni Kenshin, Meiji Kenkaku Romantan: Hokkaido-hen) manga. Following Watsuki’s arrest for possessing child pornography in December 2017, the manga was put on hold. Later, in June 2018, the series started up again. On May 2, Shueisha released the manga’s sixth collected volume.
The manga had been simultaneously published in English by Viz Media, however they halted after the series took a break in 2017.
In 1994, Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine published the first installment of Watsuki’s 28-volume Rurouni Kenshin manga. Over 72 million copies of the manga have been printed and distributed globally. The main character of the manga, Kenshin Himura, was a ruthless assassin during the Meiji Restoration who is now looking for a life without bloodshed.
Since then, the manga has been turned into a 95-episode TV anime series, an anime film, three original video anime projects, five live-action movies, and a stage musical by the all-female musical theater ensemble Takarazuka Revue.
In April 2021, the live-action movie Rurouni Kenshin Saishsh: The Final and in June 2021, Rurouni Kenshin Saishsh: The Beginning, respectively, were released in Japan.