Yesterday, it was revealed that the previously announced new anime project for Rurouni Kenshin will be a 2-episode ‘New Kyoto Arc’ OVA. This new project will cover the Kyoto Arc from Nobuhiro Watsuki’s original manga from Oniwabanshu ninja Makimachi Misao’s perspective.
The new series will reunite animation Studio Deen with original series director Kazuhiro Furuhashi along with composer Noriyuki Asakura and most of the original vocal cast.
As great as it is to see new animation for Rurouni Kenshin, I can’t help but be a little dissapointed to see that the new project is just a recap of the Kyoto Arc. Although by far Rurouni Kenshin’s most popular arc, it was already animated in full in the original television series while the manga’s final arc remains mostly un-animated.
I find it very odd that the producers would ignore what fans of the series have been asking for years, which is to see a fully animated version of the Revenge Arc. Perhaps, this ‘New Kyoto Arc’ OVA is being used to see how much interest there would be in doing a larger-scale new adaptation of the series. One can only hope.
Otherwise, I find it really interesting that Kazuhiro Furuhashi is back on directing duties for the series as he is still working on the ongoing Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn OVA project. That alone gives me hope that this new Rurouni Kenshin project will turn out well.
The first episode of the new OVA series will be shown in Japanese theaters this December.
From Comic Natalie.