Kenshin Himura finally returns to Rurouni Kenshin! Since the original anime was released many years ago, live-action films based on the series have reigned supreme worldwide. Here’s all you need to know about Rurouni Kenshin (2023), including its release date, trailer, studio, and more!
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Rurouni Kenshin (2023) Synopsis
The plot of Rurouni Kenshin (2023) is based on Nobuhiko Watsuki's original Rurouni Kenshin main manga series, which was published in 1994.
The anime is set in the age of restoration, following the violent era of Bakumatsu.
At the time, a legendary swordsman and Ishin assassin known only as the Hitokiri Battousai vanished without a trace, only to reappear as the wandering swordsman, Kenshin Himura.
Kenshin Himura has put his past behind him in order to fulfill his vow of protecting the weak without killing. This is to atone for his sin of killing many people during the Bakumatsu period.
Now, Kenshin resides at a kenjutsu dojo run by a fiery woman named Kaoru Kamiya and is soon surrounded by newfound friends.
It is now up to Kenshin to protect his new life and friends. Will he be able to put his past behind him and keep his promise of not killing anyone?
Rurouni Kenshin (2023) Release Date
Rurouni Kenshin (2023) premiered on July 6 in regions such as the US, the UK, and Europe.
In Japan, the anime also premiered on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block on July 7, 2023, at 12:55 AM JST.
The staff also held a screening event during Anime Expo on July 3, 2023, as announced by Aniplex of America.
On June 18, 2023, the staff also had two screenings in Japan, which were attended by cast members.
Rurouni Kenshin (2023) Release Time
In Japan, Rurouni Kenshin (2023) premiered on July 7, 2023, at 12:55 AM JST.
Meanwhile, here are the first episode's release times in other regions:
- Pacific Time: 8:55 AM (July 6, 2023)
- Central Time: 10:55 AM (July 6, 2023)
- Eastern Time: 11:55 AM (July 6, 2023)
- British Time: 4:55 PM (July 6, 2023)
Rurouni Kenshin (2023) COUNTDOWN
Rurouni Kenshin (2023) COUNTDOWN
The countdown above was set for the expected Eastern Time release of Rurouni Kenshin (2023) Episode 1.
Rurouni Kenshin (2023) Studio
Rurouni Kenshin (2023) is animated by Liden Films.
Liden Films is best known for their animation on anime shows such as Call of the Night, Tokyo Revengers, The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Love and Lies, Sekko Boys, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, and Berserk 2016.
The studio also worked on anime shows such as The Legendary Hero Is Dead and Tokyo Revengers: Christmas Showdown, in addition to Rurouni Kenshin.
Rurouni Kenshin (2023) Cast
As of writing, Rurouni Kenshin (2023) has only released the following cast of characters:
- Soma Saito (Chigiri Hyoma in Blue Lock) is voicing the legendary swordsman, Battousai himself, Kenshin Himura.
- Rie Takahashi (Hiyori Shiina in Classroom of the Elite) is voicing the feisty woman and kenjutsu dojo owner, Kaoru Kamiya.
- Taku Yashiro (Keiji Togashi in Ao Ashi) is voicing Sanosuke Sagara
- Makoto Koichi (Teruko Okura in Bungou Stray Dogs) is voicing Yahiko Myojin
- Yuma Ichida (Kawaki in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations) is voicing Shinomori Aoshi
- Saori Onishi (Muramasa Senju in Eromanga Sensei) is voicing Takani Megumi
We are expecting that the other cast of characters will be released sometime soon.
Rurouni Kenshin (2023) Staff
The following are the official Japanese staff members for Rurouni Kenshin (2023):
- Director: Hideyo Yamamoto (Cells at Work! Code Black, My Master Has No Tail)
- Series Composition: Hideyuki Kurata (Brigadoon, Made in Abyss, Oreimo)
- Music: Yu Takami (Library Wars Live Action, Rainbow -Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin)
- Character Design: Terumi Nishii (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable, Penguindrum, A Town Where You Live)
- Original Creator: Nobuhiro Watsuki (Gun Blaze West, Meteor Strike, Crescent Moon in the Warring States, Embalming –The Another Tale of Frankenstein–)
- Theme Song Arrangement: Naoki Itai (OP for A Couple of Cuckoos)
- Theme Song Composition, Lyrics, and Performance: Reol (ED2 Theme Song Performance for Major 2nd)
Where to Watch Rurouni Kenshin (2023)
Rurouni Kenshin (2023) premiered on Fuji TV’s Noitamina programming block and other venues in Japan.
Crunchyroll and Netflix are streaming Rurouni Kenshin (2023) in most regions with English subtitles, wherever the service is available.
Rurouni Kenshin (2023) Trailer
Once again, watch Kenshin Himura in action in Rurouni Kenshin (2023)!
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