‘Rurouni Kenshin’ Gets A New Television Series

by Sage Ashford

In one of the most surprising announcements in the world of anime, popular shounen series Rurouni Kenshin is getting a new anime television series. The new series comes courtesy of studio LIDEN Films, previously known for their work on Tokyo Revengers and Build Divide. What’s not clear currently is if this is a remake of the original series, or an adaptation of his new manga being published monthly in Jump Square, Rurouni Kenshin: The Hokkaido Arc, which began publication in November 2016. An adaptation of the the Hokkaido Arc would make sense, but the original Rurouni Kenshin manga was never fully adapted, as the television series left out the last arc.

Rurouni Kenshin at one point was one of the most popular anime series both in Japan and in the West, but the series experienced a bit of a dip in popularity after series creator Nobuhiro Watsuki was charged with possession of child pornography in 2017. His sequel series was suspended briefly before it returned to serialization in 2018. After Watsuki was charged, the series was dropped from localization by Viz Media, resulting in the sequel never finding a foothold in the West. With that in mind, it’s possible this series will never make it to the West…officially, as whatever company that licenses it will also have to defend themselves for doing so.

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