Being one of the legendary anime of the 90s, the anime will be going through a remake. It is not something unusual looking at the recent reboot trend. The reboot becomes a parade to the point that we can make a list of many reboot anime in recent decades; Hunter x Hunter, Fruit Basket, Dororo, Shaman King, etc.
Even though the reboot anime usually gets a good review from fans, can Rurouni Kenshin beat the success of its 90s version? Let’s dive in, shall we?
Rurouni Kenshin 2023 Release Date
Rurouni Kenshin’s reboot was announced back on December 19, 2021. It feels like a bolt to the blue knowing that their last movie adaptation was released six months prior.
Many assume that it will adapt the Hokkaido revival arc which is the newest arc in Rurouni Kenshin manga. Alas, the news said that the anime will be a reboot of the original animation which will not adapt the manga in full.
Then, the news was void until late September when they releases the first PV, staff, cast, character visual, and the release year. Fans should be waiting patiently because the reboot will be in 2023. Though, the exact release date has yet to be revealed.
Rurouni Kenshin Staff and Cast
The video above was released on December 18, 2022. It leaks the voice line of Sanosuke and Yahiko which is not shown in the first PV. It can be said that the standard of the visual graphic is fair for reboot anime. Surely the “newer” anime fans will find it enjoyable while the “older” fans will fill up with nostalgia.
The staff and cast were revealed at the same time as the first PV was released. Leiden Films (Tokyo Revengers) will be in charge of this anime production with Hideyo Yamamoto (Strike the Blood) at its helm. The script is written by Kurata Hideyuki (Made in Abyss). Nishii Terumi (Knight of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya) will draw the character design while Takami Yuu (Rainbow: Criminal Seven of Compound Two Cell Six) will compose the music.
The cast of Rurouni Kenshin is as follows:
- Souma Saitou as Himura Kenshin
- Rie Takahashi as Kaoru Kamiya
- Makoto Koichi as Yahiko Myoujin
- Taku Yashiro as Sagara Sanosuke
Rurouni Kenshin Story
Ten years have passed since the end of Bakumatsu, the era of great rebellion against the Tokugawa shogunate. The new age of Meiji has come, and the peace the rebels long for should have been achieved. Alas, the new people rising in power is busy filling their pocket with money.
Even though there is a law against holding an arm in broad daylight, the street murder act is still an often occurrence. This doesn’t help that one wandering samurai is going around with his sword in the scabbard.
Unknown to others, this wandering samurai, Rurouni Kenshin, is the most fearsome rebellion fighter who slashes countless enemies. He believes that what he did in the war is a necessary sacrifice yet he also understands that the blood in his hand can’t be washed off. So, he wanders around trying to atone for his sin.
The anime will be released in 2023. No exact date has been revealed yet.
The series will adapt to the very first chapter of the manga. So, it is a total reboot from the 90s version.