Rurouni Kenshin Reveals 2nd Story Visual & New PV Trailer for 2nd Cour

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The production team for the 2023 Rurouni Kenshin TV anime series has revealed a second story visual and new PV trailer, as the show enters its second cour next week. The anime first premiered on July 7, 2023, with Crunchyroll streaming the series outside of Japan. 

The seventh overall trailer highlights past scenes from previous episodes, as well as new characters set to appear in the second cour. 

Hideyo Yamamoto (My Master Has No Tail) is directing the anime series, with Hideyuki Kurata (Made in Abyss) as series screenwriter, Terumi Nishii (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable) as character designer, and Yuu Takami (Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin) as music composer. LIDENFILMS is in charge of the animation production. 

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Meanwhile, the main voice cast includes Souma Saitou as Kenshin Himura, Rie Takahashi as Kaoru Kamiya, Makoto Koichi as Myojin Yahiko, Taku Yashiro as Sagara Sanosuke, Yuuma Uchida as Shinomori Aoshi. 

The original manga series by Nobuhiro Watsuki ran in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from April 12, 1994 to September 21, 1999. The manga also inspired a 1996 series, a 1997 anime film, live-action films, and three OVA specials. 

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Viz Media releases the manga in English and describes the synopsis as:

One hundred and forty years ago in Kyoto, with the coming of the American “Black Ships,” there arose a warrior who, felling men with his bloodstained blade, gained the name Hitokiri, manslayer! His killer blade helped close the turbulent Bakumatsu era and slashed open the progressive age known as Meiji. Then he vanished, and with the flow of years, became legend.

In November 2017, Watsuki was apprehended by prosecutors for simple possession of child pornography and was fined 200,000 yen (US$1,339.56) in 2018. Shueisha initially suspended Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Hen, but resumed serialization in June 2018. Eight tankoubon volumes as of January 2023.

Source: Rurouni Kenshin Official Anime Twitter

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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