Rurouni Kenshin Haiku Contest

August 14, 2011

Congratulations to Huda, who had the winning haiku!

The vow to not kill Using his strength, his courage His reversed blade sword

Congratulations also go to Scorch, who won the random drawing for the second copy of Trust & Betrayal on BD!

The Top 25 haiku, as voted for readers, have been selected! Check them out, and vote for your favorite! The winner will receive a copy of Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal on Blu-Ray from Aniplex! Because of delays, the voting page will be open until Saturday, August 27 11:59PM PST. The winner will be announced on Sunday.

TOP 25

The contest is now closed!

Haiku 1 - 50
Haiku 51-100
Haiku 110-150
Haiku 151-200
Haiku 201-250
Haiku 251-300
Haiku 300-End

Join Anime News Network and Aniplex USA in celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the hit anime series, Rurouni Kenshin. On August 24, Aniplex will be releasing Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal in digitally remastered 1080p high-definition on Blu-Ray, followed by Rurouni Kenshin: Reflection (September 21) and Rurouni Kenshin: The Movie (October 26).

To mark the launch of the release, Aniplex will be giving away two (2) copies of Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal on Blu-Ray. Since the original release of the OVAs, the title has consistently been one of the Top 10 Best Rated anime, as ranked by ANN readers. Now you can own this time-honored classic by showing us your poetry chops.

We are proud to present the first ever Rurouni Kenshin Haiku Contest!

The haiku can be about anything, as long as it's related to Rurouni Kenshin. It can be about the TV series, the manga, the OVAs, the movie, the characters, the characters' scars and fiery bandages— the creative reins are in your hands! All you need to do is write a simple Kenshin Haiku; five syllables, then seven syllables, then five again. Here's a quick example:

Sanosuke needs to
consider wearing a shirt

Entries will be posted within a day of submission, where readers will be allowed to rank them. That means the earlier you enter, the more time readers will have to read and rank your haiku. Then at the end of the contest, we'll collect the 25 highest ranked entries and have readers vote on their favorite.

Worried you don't have the creative juices for a stellar 575? That's okay—every entry will be eligible for a random drawing for one of the prizes.

The Details

Haiku Rules

The haiku must be related to Rurouni Kenshin in some manner, shape, or form. Feel free to make them funny, serious, happy, sad, or anything else that strikes your heart. No profanity will be allowed. Anything deemed offensive will be tossed from the contest. The poem should be in the form of a haiku, and submitted in English.

Contest Details

Entries will be posted as they are received (within 24 hours). This means that the sooner you enter, the more viewers (and ratings!) it will get. However, you have until Sunday, August 21, 2011, 11:59PST to submit entries. There are no restrictions on how many times you can enter.

The ratings page will stay open until Wednesday, August 24, 11:59PST. At that point, the top 25 entries will be tallied, and readers will have two days to vote for their favorite. Winners will be announced on Friday, August 26.

Name: (Please provide your real name)

Display Name: (Name you'd like us to use on the website)

E-mail address:

Mailing address: (where to send the prize)

Please note that although the contest is open to everyone, prizes will only be shipped to addresses in the United States and Canada.

Enter your haiku here:

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