Rurouni Kenshin New Anime Project Scheduled for 2023

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During Aniplex Online Fest 2022, a new trailer was revealed for the upcoming anime project reboot for Rurouni Kenshin. The anime is scheduled for 2023. LIDEN FILMS is in charge of the animation production. 

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Kenshin Himura will be voiced by Soma Saito and Kaoru Kamiya will be voiced by Rie Takahashi

Key staff members includes Hideyo Yamamoto as director, Hideyuki Kurata as series composer, Terumi Nishii as character designer, and Yu Takami as music composer. 

The new Rurouni Kenshin project is the latest anime since the 2012 Rurouni Kenshin: Shin Kyoto Hen OVA. There was previously a 1996 anime series, a 1997 movie, and two other OVAs in 1999 and 2001 respectively. 

The anime originates from the manga by Nobuhiro Watsuki, who was fined 200,000 yen (~US$1,760) in 2018 for simple possession of child pornography. The Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Hen sequel manga, which began in 2017, was initially suspended by Shueisha, but the new series ultimately resumed publication and has six tankoubon volumes as of July 2021.

The series has over 73 million copies in circulation worldwide. Warner Bros. Pictures released a live action movie adaptation in 2012. The fourth installment was recently released on April 23, 2021 in Japan and is available on Netflix. 

Source: Aniplex Online Fest 2022

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