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Nobuhiro Watsuki Launches Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc Manga in Spring 2017

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
2-chapter spinoff series about criminal Ashitarō revealed to be prologue to new arc

The January 2017 issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine is revealing on Friday that Nobuhiro Watsuki will draw a new arc in his Rurouni Kenshin manga that will take place in Hokkaido. The new manga will launch in spring 2017.

The January issue of Jump SQ. is also publishing the second chapter of Watsuki and his wife Kaoru Kurosaki's two-chapter spinoff manga (pictured at right) "Rurouni Kenshin Ibun: Ashitarō Zenka Ari" (Rurouni Kenshin Variant Story: The Criminal Ashitarō). The second chapter reveals the spinoff manga's true name: "Rurouni Kenshin Hokkaido-hen Jomaku: Ashitarō Zenka Ari" (Rurouni Kenshin Hokkaido Arc Prologue: The Criminal Ashitaro).

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.

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