The Jump Festa ‘23 event announced two additional cast members and a new promo video for the new TV anime project based on Nobuhiro Watsuki’s Rurouni Kenshin manga. The anime will re-adapt the main manga storyline and will air on Fuji TV’s Noitamina programming block in 2023, with no specific date and schedule yet.
The previously announced stars include:
Sōma Saitō as Kenshin Himura
Rie Takahashi as Kaoru Kamiya
The newly announced cast members are:
Taku Yashiro as Sannosuke Sagara
Makoto Koichi as Yahiko Myojin
The staff includes:
- Director: Hideyo Yamamoto
- Series Composition: Hideyuki Kurata
- Music: Yū Takami
- Character Design: Terumi Nishii
- Original Creator: Nobuhiro Watsuki
- Animation Production: LIDEN FILMS
Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump serialized the manga from April 1994 to September 1999. The manga was adapted into an anime television series by Studio Gallop, Studio DEEN, and SPE Visual Works which aired in Japan from January 1996 to September 1998. The manga has sold over 72 million copies in circulation worldwide, making it one of the best-selling manga.
In 2017 Watsuki and his wife, novelist/story collaborator Kaoru Kurosaki launched the Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc manga in Shueisha’s Jump SQ magazine in September 2017. However, the series later went into hiatus after the author was charged with possession of child pornography. It resumed publication in June 2018.
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The complete manga, first light novel, and first guidebook are released by Viz Media in North America.
The manga also inspired a live-action movie series produced by Warner Bros. Pictures with actual film production done by Studio Swan. The first film Rurouni Kenshin premiered on August 25, 2012, in Japan, followed by Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno on August 1, 2014, and shortly after by Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends on September 13 of the same year. The last two movies, Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning and Rurouni Kenshin: The Final were both released in 2021.