New Rurouni Kenshin Stage Play Unveils Visual

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda

The official website for the new stage play of Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga revealed a new visual for the play's handbills on Saturday.

The play will run in Tokyo from October 11 to November 7, and then in Osaka from November 15 to 24.

Watsuki first launched his 28-volume Rurouni Kenshin manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1994. The manga has more than 60 million copies in print. The manga centers around Kenshin Himura, once a deadly assassin during the Meiji Restoration, who is trying to find a new life beyond violence. The manga has since been adapted into a 95-episode TV anime series, an anime film, three original video anime projects, three live-action films, and a stage musical by the all-female musical theater troupe Takarazuka Revue. The Daily Sports newspaper reported last year that a new live-action film in the works.

Watsuki was recently charged last November for possession of child pornography. He was later fined 200,000 yen (about US$1,900) in February. Watsuki and his novelist wife/story collaborator Kaoru Kurosaki launched the Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc (Rurouni Kenshin Meiji Kenkaku Romantan: Hokkaido-hen) manga in Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine last September. The manga went on hiatus last December following Watsuki being charged, but resumed on June 4. Viz Media was simultaneously publishing the new manga in English before it went on hiatus. Viz Media did not resume publishing the series in English when it returned in Japan.

Sources: Rurouni Kenshin stage play's official website, Comic Natalie

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