Interest New Rurouni Kenshin Anime Holds Name-the-Episode Contest
posted on 2011-10-19 08:00 EDT
The official website for the new Rurouni Kenshin anime project announced on Wednesday that the creators are holding a name-the-episode contest. The first of two parts in the Rurouni Kenshin: Shin Kyoto-Hen (New Kyoto Arc) original video anime series will premiere in Japanese theaters in December.
The creators are asking the fans to submit their suggestions for the title of the new anime's first installment, which is simply known as "Part I" for now. Not only will the best episode title be used in the actual anime, but the winner's own name will be put in the ending credits.
The contest's deadline is November 13, and the finalists will be announced on the project's computer and mobile websites in early December. The winning title will then be revealed at the theatrical premiere of the first part. Only one person can win, but everyone who submits an entry will receive a free wallpaper.
The website also unveiled a new main visual art piece (pictured right) for the project on Wednesday, to accompany the previously posted art and design sketches.
The new anime series will remake the Kyoto story arc of Nobuhiro Watsuki's original manga and the previous anime adaptation. In particular, it will depict the battle of Kenshin Himura and Makoto Shishio and will be told from the point of view of the Oniwabanshū ninja Misao Makimachi.
Director Kazuhiro Furuhashi and Studio DEEN are returning after nine years to animate the new series along with musical composer Noriyuki Asakura. Mari Okada (anohana, Wandering Son) is writing the scripts this time. Hiromitsu Hagiwara (Saint Beast ~Ikusen no Hiru to Yoru Hen~) is the new character designer, and Hiro Kaburaki (Kimi ni Todoke) will take over as the episode director. The cast will remain the same except for the role of Hajime Saitō, who will be played by Ken Narita.