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Wow, Rurouni Kenshin Will Create a New Anime Series

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Some time ago, it was revealed that the iconic anime Rurouni Kenshin will be revived, with an entirely new anime project in the works. The news is also accompanied by a brief teaser trailer, which shows Kenshin’s silhouette against a dark background before a closeup of his face concludes the trailer.

The new project will be handled by studio LIDENFILMS, which has worked on many other anime including Tokyo Revengers and Blade of the Immortal. There is no official release information as of yet, nor any information regarding the voice cast of this new anime.

Anime Rurouni Kenshin the original launched in 1996 and aired for 94 episodes including various films, specials, and even a live-action film. “Japan is a land that has experienced troubled periods of peace and reform after a long and bloody civil war,” reads the official synopsis for Rurouni Kenshin. “Swords and killing are forbidden, but all is not as it seems. Hiding in the shadows are many survivors of the revolution waiting for their chance to take revenge. Only the former government assassin, Kenshin Himura, can keep the peace.”

While the original “Rurouni Kenshin” manga created by Nobuhiro Watsuki ran from 1994 to 1999 and was one of the most popular series in Weekly Shonen Jump during its serialization. The 1996-1998 TV anime adaptation was also a smash hit, and the series’ enduring popularity has resulted in three OVA side story series, and five live-action films. In 2017 Watsuki began drawing a continuation of the manga, with the subtitle “The Hokkaido Arc,” which he co-wrote with his wife. The series is on a seven-month hiatus following Watsuki’s arrest for possession of child pornography.

The title for the new anime series, which is being produced by Liden Films, is listed as “Rurouni Kenshin-Meiji Kenkaku Romantan,” or “Rurouni Kenshin-Meiji Swordsman Adventure Story.” It is the same title as the original manga (1994-1999) and anime (1994-1996), without the additional titular suffix attached to that of the “Hokkaido Arc” or released OVA series such as “Reflection” or “New Kyoto Arc.” This suggests that the new anime may be a remake/retelling of the events of the original anime, although no concrete story details have been released at this time.

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