“Rurouni Kenshin” to be reanimated. At the Fuji TV anime lineup presentation delivered on March 22, 2023, it was announced that it would be broadcast on Noitamina and others in July.
For me (Nakazawa), who was fascinated by the one-shot of the original and even listened to Ogata Megumi Kenshin’s drama CD, let alone the anime, this is a summer anime that I can’t help but pay attention to.
The new work is a reconstruction of the original from the first episode. In terms of the experience of following anime, even now, the success rate of remakes could be higher, but I want them to do their best. However, rebuilding means that 100% of the story that was so funny in the 90’s version of the anime “Rurouni Kenshin” will be gone.
New anime voice
Looking at the teaser visual, the character design and scenario are wholly supervised by Professor Nobuhiro Watsuki, and the design is closer to the original than the 90’s anime version. There are pros and cons about the new cast members, but when I look at the PV and give my impressions, it suited the characters.
Looking back, I first thought when I saw the first episode of the 90’s anime that ” Kenshin’s voice is too different from what I imagined.” Because I grew up with him, I eventually got used to it and became “Kenshin = Suzukaze Mayo,” but my first impression was that he was in the Ogata Megumi school.
But Saito Soma Kenshin, this time, fits better than those two. Even though he’s a handsome man, he’s a 29-year-old man, so that’s the kind of warmth I had in mind from the original work. He’s not feminine, and he’s like a cute guy. In that sense, Kenshin, this time, is just the right kind of man. I’m going to be a fan of Soma Saito.
The turning point of the 90s anime version
The first thing that comes to mind regarding the rear tie is the Shimabara edition. In the 90’s anime, after the end of the Kyoto arc, Yahiko becomes the prince of Jagarata, and Sanosuke picks up a dog.
I know it’s because the anime has caught up with the original, but I was a junior high school viewer then. I was so slow that I thought, “Is it over yet? “
It was in such chaos that the Shimabara chapter began. This is the story of Shiro Amakusa’s reincarnation, Shogo Amakusa, who also uses the Hiten Mitsurugi style. On top of that, Seijuro Hiko’s apprentice appears on his own, and in the end, Kenshin and Shogo Amakusa clash with each other in a clash of Amakake Ryu no Hirameki—rice field.
After all, I remember that Shogo Amakusa used a technique like dropping lightning onto his sword. When I was bored with Dragon Ball’s Kamehameha, Rurouni Kenshin appeared.
But at some point, I became obsessed with that mess. Is this possible? While watching it, I realized I was looking forward to next week’s anime.
Waste is okay. anime
The anime version of Ruroken revived here (this is my impression) ended up lasting about 20 episodes after the Shimabara arc. Ultimately, I remember flying in the sky with the power of feng shui. I can’t forget the scene where they clash while emitting a colorful aura over Tokyo.
They are useless momentum that can not be born in the current anime with a fixed number of episodes. With that said, the 90’s anime Ruroken was awesome. What do you think of the new anime? I can’t help but hope that it will be fantastic work.
Written by: Seiji Nakazawa
Nobuhiro Watsuki/Shueisha, “Rurouni Kenshin -Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story-” Production Committee
TV animation “Rurouni Kenshin -Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story-” 2nd PV