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New Rurouni Kenshin TV Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, 2023 Premiere on Noitamina

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Anime to re-adapt main manga series

The Aniplex Online Fest 2022 event on Saturday revealed a trailer, the main staff, and the main cast for the new television anime project based on Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga. The anime will premiere in 2023 on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block.

The anime will re-adapt the main manga series.

Aniplex also revealed character visuals for Kenshin and Kaoru.

Hideyo Yamamoto (Strike the Blood, Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka, Cells at Work! Code Black) is directing the anime at LIDEN FILMS. Terumi Nishii is designing the characters, and Hideyuki Kurata is in charge of series composition. Yū Takami is composing the music.

Sōma Saitō stars in the series as Kenshin Himura, and Rie Takahashi costars as Kaoru Kamiya.

Watsuki and his novelist wife/story collaborator Kaoru Kurosaki launched the Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc (Rurouni Kenshin, Meiji Kenkaku Romantan: Hokkaidō-hen) manga in Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine in September 2017. The manga went on hiatus in December 2017 following Watsuki being charged for possession of child pornography. The series later resumed publication in June 2018. Shueisha published the manga's seventh compiled volume on May 2.

Viz Media had been simultaneously publishing the manga in English, but stopped after the manga went on hiatus in 2017.

Watsuki first launched his 28-volume Rurouni Kenshin manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1994. The manga has more than 72 million copies in circulation worldwide. 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, five live-action films, and a stage musical by the all-female musical theater troupe Takarazuka Revue.

The Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Final live-action film opened in Japan in April 2021, and the Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Beginning live-action film opened in Japan in June 2021.

Sources: Aniplex Online Fest 2022 livestream, press release

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