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.
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.