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Rurouni Kenshin 2-Chapter Spinoff Manga Features New Main Character

posted on 2016-11-05 00:45 EDT
Story of criminal Ashitarō commemorates Jump Square's 9th anniversary

Nobuhiro Watsuki published the first chapter of his and his wife Kaoru Kurosaki's planned two-chapter spinoff of Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga on Friday in the December issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine. The spinoff is titled "Rurouni Kenshin Ibun: Ashitarō Zenka Ari" (Rurouni Kenshin Variant Story: The Criminal Ashitarō).

The manga tells the story of a new character named Ashitarō Hasegawa, who had been held in a Tokyo prison for committing a certain crime. After being released, he encounters Aran Inoue, a boy his age, as well as a mysterious girl who had been waiting for Ashitarō's release. Watsuki is drawing the manga, and Kurosaki is collaborating on the story. The Jump Square website has posted several preview images of the new manga (pictured below).

The spinoff commemorates Jump Square's ninth anniversary.


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Watsuki first launched his Rurouni Kenshin manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1994. 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, three live-action films, and a stage musical by the all-female musical theater troupe Takarazuka Revue.

Watsuki previously published a Rurouni Kenshin spinoff manga in 2014 titled "Honō wo Suberu -Rurouni Kenshin: Uramaku-" (Controlling Flame -Rurouni Kenshin: Hidden Chapter-) that focused on how Shishio Makoto and Yumi Komagata met.

Jump Square began publication in November 2007, replacing Shueisha's Monthly Shonen Jump magazine.

Source: Comic Natalie


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