Rurouni Kenshin Season 2 Reveals 1st PV Trailer for “Kyoto Disturbance” Arc

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The first PV trailer for Rurouni Kenshin Season 2 was revealed during the “Rurouni Kenshin Meiji Kenkaku Romantan: Kyoto Dōran Kaimaku-sen” special event in Japan. The second season will broadcast for two consecutive cours starting in October 2024. 

Aya Yamane was also announced to be joining the voice cast as Misao Makimachi. She joins the main cast for the second season that includes: 

  • • Soma Saito as Kenshin Himura
  • • Rie Takahashi as Kaoru Kamiya
  • • Makoto Koichi as Myojin Yahiko
  • • Taku Yashiro as Sagara Sanosuke
  • • Yuuma Uchida as Shinomori Aoshi
  • • Saori Oonishi as Takani Megumi
  • • Makoto Furukawa as Makoto Shishio
  • • Daiki Yamashita as Sojiro Seta
  • • Aya Yamane as Misao Makimachi
  • • Yuuichi Nakamura as Seijuro Hiko
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Some new production staff changes were also revealed. Yuki Komada (BUILD-DIVIDE -#000000- CODE BLACK and BUILD-DIVIDE -#FFFFFF- CODE WHITE series) is directing the second season. Hideyuki Kurata (Made in Abyss) returns as co-screenwriter and co-scriptwriter, along with Terumi Nishii (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable) as co-character designer, who is joined by Kazuo Watanabe (first season’s sub-character designer, chief animation director). Yuu Takami (Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin) is composing the music score once again. LIDEN FILMS in charge of the animation production. 

Crunchyroll is currently streaming the 2023 Rurouni Kenshin TV anime series. It was previously adapted into a 1996 anime series, 1997 anime movie, and three OVAs. The series also inspired several live-action film adaptations, stage plays, video games, audio dramas, among others. 

Nobuhiro Watsuki’s original manga ran in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump from from April 12, 1994 to September 21, 1999 for 28 total tankobon volumes. Its sequel manga Rurouni Kenshin: The Hokkaido Arc began serialization in Jump Square on September 4, 2017. Nine tankobon volumes of the sequel series have been released as of November 2023. 

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In November 2017, Watsuki was charged by prosecutors for simple possession of child pornography and was fined 200,000 yen (US$1,473.35) in 2018. The Hokkaido Arc was initially suspended in Jump Square magazine, before resuming serialization in June 2018.

Viz Media releases the Rurouni Kenshin manga series in English, describing 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.

Source: Rurouni Kenshin Official Anime Twitter, Official Anime Website

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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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