Rurouni Kenshin ‘New Kyoto Arc’ OVA Revealed

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.

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New Rurouni Kenshin Revoltech Series Revealed

At Kaiyodo’s recent Wonder Festival in Japan, it was revealed that two new Revoltech action figures will be released to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Rurouni Kenshin anime series.

The two figures pictured above are of course younger Kenshin as Battousai from the classic OVA series and his older self that is present in the television series. Both figures will be released this October just in time to coincide with the Blu ray release of the OVA series and 1997 animated film.

It has also been announced that 17-year-old actress Emi Takei has just been cast in the role of Kamiya Kaoru alongside Takeru Sato’s Himura Kenshin in the upcoming live-action adaptation of Nobuhiro Watsuki’s popular samurai manga. Although there is still no more information about the new animated series that was previously announced in April, the live-action film version will hit Japanese theaters next summer.

From JEFusion.

New Rurouni Kenshin Newtype Image

Now this is more of what I had in mind for the covers of the upcoming blu-ray releases. Bloody Kenshin. The image comes straight out of this month’s issue of Kadokawa’s Newtype anime magazine. Although the new remastered release for the OVA’s is advertised at the bottom of the image, the article itself is entitled ‘Rurouni Kenshin TV animation 15th anniversary project’.

If by some crazy chance that this is our first look at what the new animated adaptation might look like…count me in.

Rurouni Kenshin Blu-ray Covers Revealed

Starting in August, Aniplex is releasing the two Rurouni Kenshin OVA series as well as the 1997 animated film on Blu-ray simultaneously in both Japan and the United States. The covers for Trust & Betrayal (Tsukiouhen) and Reflection (Seisouhen), set for release on August 24th and September 21st respectively, have been revealed. All of the covers for the Blu-ray releases are new drawings by Atsuko Nakajima, one of the original character designers for the series.

Honestly, the covers for these new releases aren’t nearly as exciting as I was hoping them to be and really just seem to depict Kenshin as being something of a player.

All of the source material is being carefully upgraded to high-definition and the english edition will also feature a translated booklet. You can pre-order the limited edition Blu-rays here.

A live-action Rurouni Kenshin film is due in 2012 and a new anime project was also announced back in April in Shuiesha’s Jump Square manga anthology with more details to be announced in future issues.

Jump Square serializes Rurouni Kenshin author Nobuhiro Watsuki’s current manga series entitled Embalming: Another Tale of Frankenstein.

Live Action Rurouni Kenshin Film (Officially) Announced

Last July I posted that a live-action film version of Nobuhiro Watsuki’s Rurouni Kenshin manga was just green-lit. With no other word aside from the rumoured casting of Takeru Sato as Himura Kenshin I eventually just decided that no such project was actually in development and the articles I read were more or less bogus.

That turns out not to be true! ANN has just reported that a live-action film version of the series has been green-lit with Takeru Sato in the lead and due to begin filming this July for a 2012 theatrical release.

Warner Brothers Pictures Japan is producing the upcoming film with role of director falling to Keishi Otomo, who previously directed Sato on the NHK historical television series Ryomaden last year. The Sankei Sports newspaper which originally reported on the production also added that the staff is planning to release the film internationally and are aiming to eventually make the franchise into a series of films following the success of this initial adaptation. Takeru Sato himself has stated that he is a huge fan of the manga and has already begun intensive training in sword-fighting earlier this month in order to prepare for filming.

In celebration for the 15th anniversary of the broadcast of the original television series, Aniplex is releasing the two OVA series as well as the animated theatrical film on Blu-ray beginning in August both in Japan and the United States. Publisher Shueisha also announced in April that a new Rurouni Kenshin anime project has also been green-lit.

More information later as it becomes available!

New Rurouni Kenshin Anime Project Announced

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.

From ANN.

Rurouni Kenshin PSP TV Advert (Updated)

A television advert for the upcoming Rurouni Kenshin: Saisen PSP fighting has just been released. It teases the viewer with brief snippets of newly animated versions of famous scenes from the original manga while showing gameplay footage. It seems that the game primarily focuses on the Kyoto Arc of the manga series but I did see Enishi shown briefly in the above trailer so I guess there is at least some content in the game devoted to the largely un-animated Jinchuu Arc.

I have no idea whether or not the game is any good but it is nice to see something being done for the 15th anniversary of the television anime. I can’t believe its been that long! Here’s to hoping that the celebration isn’t just limited to a single PSP game.

Update 1/26/11: I found a much longer promotional video for the game which I’ve uploaded. It goes over the characters and gameplay in more detail. It seems the most interesting of all the extras that come with the game is the inclusion of a newly animated opening video that depicts all of the principle characters as well as some of the more popular battle scenes.

There is a quick shot of Yukishiro Enishi in the trailer but the game itself seems to include material from the Tokyo and Kyoto arcs. Even in the video game adaptations the final Jinchuu arc is always ignored. It would be a very nice treat if they decided to fully animate that story for the 15th anniversary of the television animation.