Rurouni Kenshin has been a part of the anime zeitgeist since it first ran in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1994 to 1999. Based on its original success, it was not surprising to see it given an anime adaptation brought to life by both Studio Galopp and Studio Deen. The story of the Battosai will be adapted by Linden Films next year, again following the original stories that came out of the manga, as new character designs confirm some familiar faces from Kenshin’s world.
Aside from not only receiving its original anime series that spanned nearly a hundred episodes, Rurouni Kenshin recently returned thanks to the five live action films that attempted to solidify the story of Battosai over the series. Ironically, the actor who played the villain in the last two films, Mackenyu, has been part of a number of live-action anime adaptations, previously taking on the role of Scar in the live-action Full metal alchemist films and is now set to be one of the strongest Straw Hat pirates in Netflix’s live-action adaptation of One Piece.
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The official Twitter account for the upcoming anime revival has released new character designs for Kenshin, Kamiya, Yahiko and Sanosuke, with Linden Films hinting that the cast of the latest Rurouni Kenshin anime will be revealed as part of this year’s Jump Festa:
— TVるメー「るろうに剣心－明治剣客早引譚－」公式 (@ruroken_anime) 17 December 2022
If you’re not familiar with the studio responsible for this 2023 return of the Battosai, Liden Films has worked on some recent big hits including Tokyo Revengers and Cells at Work: Code Blackas well as another long-awaited arrival next year i The legendary hero is dead.
Unfortunately, the franchise has also seen some major drama, with series creator Nobuhiro Watsuki being revealed to have committed some heinous crimes, and being arrested as a result. Despite this, it looks like the Battosai will be returning to the small screen, as Liden Films will revisit the original source material.
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