The new adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin revealed a new trailer that features the opening theme song. Ayase and R perform the opening while Reol sings the ending. Satoshi Hino joins the cast as Hajime Saito. Liden Films is animating the series, which will air in two back-to-back courses starting July 6.
Soma Saito and Rie Takahashi voice the main duo Kenshin Himura and Kaoru Kamiya. Rie Takahashi is present at today’s stage. Terumi Niishi is doing the character designs, while Hideyuki Karuta is in charge of series composition. Yu Takami composed the music. The first trailer for the anime was revealed in September.
The series is based on a manga by Nobuhiro Watsuki that ran from 1994 to 1999 in Weekly Shonen Jump. A direct sequel to the series,Rurouni Kenshin: The Rainbow of Hokkaido, began serialization in 2017. Watsuki’s wife, Kaworu Kurosaki, also starred in the project. The sequel was briefly put on hold (February–June 2018) after Watsuki was accused of possessing explicit material focused on children.
Gallop and Studio DEEN animated the adaptation, which aired from 1996 to 1999. There are also numerous manga side stories and OVAs, as well as a film. The franchise also has a live-action adaptation that spans 5 films. The former came out in 2012, while the latter premiered in 2021.
Viz Media licensed the manga in English and described the plot as:
A hundred and forty years ago in Kyoto, with the coming of the American “Black Ships,” a warrior appeared who, cutting down men with his bloody blade, received the name of Hitokiri, the killer! His murderous blade helped close the tumultuous Bakumatsu era and cut through the progressive era known as the Meiji. Then it disappeared and over the years it became a legend.
© Nobuhiro Watsuki/Shueisha, “Rurouni Kenshin -Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story-” Production Committee