The rough picture above is of a page from this month’s issue of Shueisha’s Jump Square magazine announcing that a brand new Rurouni Kenshin anime project has just been green-lit. Much like the initial announcement made for the new Berserk anime project last fall, there was no word whether the new project would be a film, OVA, or television series other than that more information would be made available in upcoming issues of Jump Square.
This new Rurouni Kenshin anime project is part of the 15th anniversary celebration of the original television series first broadcast in 1996. A video game entitled Rurouni Kenshin Saisen was released for the PSP last month which featured characters from the final arc of the manga series who were missing from the animated adaptations of the story.
It was also announced that the Rurouni Kenshin feature film and two subsequent OVA series would be released on Blu-ray later this year. The first OVA entitled Trust & Betrayal will be shipped on August 24th with the second OVA and feature film following on September 21st and October 26th respectively. A CD compilation featuring songs from the original series will be released with new cover art will also ship on July 27th.
This is very exciting news if the intention of the project is to animate the final Jinchuu arc of Nobuhiro Watsuki’s original manga and not just give the fans a 15-minute ‘anniversary special’ of the series. The Jinchuu arc has never been fully animated in any of the previous iterations of the franchise apart from being featured for a few minutes in the Reflections OVA series from 2002.
I guess this also puts to rest those rumors of a live-action version of the series that I wrote about late last year. Either way, the announcement is very exciting and I am looking forward to seeing how this new project is handled.