How To Watch Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning? People worldwide have been asking this question as the final installment of the Rurouni Kenshin films hit the theaters in Japan. This film, and the fourth part, Rurouni Kenshin: The Final were an instant hit among fans of the franchise. The international audience just can’t wait to watch Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning. Rurouni Kenshin is the live-action adaptation of the manga series written and illustrated by Nobuhiro Watsuki. This manga series had its serialization in Weekly Shonen Jump from April 1994 to September 1999. An anime for the same was produced, but it went into a different route from the actual story. This was because the manga hadn’t finished by then. Due to this, the Rurouni Kenshin film franchise is the only true adaptation of the manga series. No wonder fans of the series are eager to watch Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning.
Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning is the prequel film to the previous four Rurouni Kenshin films. It depicts the story before the events of the first Rurouni Kenshin film. Here in this story, we go in-depth into the life of Himura Kenshin before he got his iconic cross-shaped scar. This was the time when Himura Kenshin was an assassin named Hitokiri Battōsai and worked for the Choshu clan. The story also explores his relationship with a woman named Yukishiro Tomoe. Unknown to him, she was the former fiance to one of Kenshin’s past victims, Kiyosato Akira. So, she had come to Kenshin in order to kill him. However, they fall in love leading to a fight to bring down the Tokugawa shogunate. So, here we get to see the final battle of the assassin before he swears the oath to never kill using a backward-blade sword.
How To Watch Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning?
Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning will be made available to watch on Netflix. The film had already been released in theaters in Japan, but the same wasn’t the case for the international audience. Previously, Rurouni Kenshin: The Final was released in Japan back on 4th June 2021. After this, the film was released internationally on Netflix on 18th June 2021. Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning will also follow this pattern as the film is set for a digital release through the streaming platform. This prequel film once again helms Director Keishi Ōtomo as he portrays Himura Kenshin’s story through its franchise, which Warner Bros. Pictures are distributing.
Netflix has only been announced as the Streaming partner for Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning. While other options may be announced later, as of now, one would require a Netflix subscription to watch Rurouni Kenshin The Beginning, which is set to be released on 30th July 2021. Netflix has different forms of packages. The cheapest one in the US costs $8.99, which allows streaming on one device. The second package costs $13.99, which allows streaming through two devices along with HD quality video. Then, the most costly package offers you streaming support for four devices. This comes with a 4K quality video and will cost users $17.99 a month.
What is the Watch Order for Rurouni Kenshin Films?
Rurouni Kenshin is based on the manga series by Nobuhiro Watsuki. In his series, Nobuhiro has illustrated the story of Kenshin through five parts. These include the Origin, Kyoto Inferno, Legend Ends, The Final, and The Beginning. This is the same order that the film franchise picks up as this is the order that Director Keishi Ōtomo wants us to witness Kenshin’s story. Nevertheless, this is not entirely the exact way the story of Kenshin was supposed to be perceived. While the first three films do justice to the manga, the fifth film should actually be seen between the fourth film. This allows the viewers to know the past between Kenshin and Enishi, who was the brother of Tomoe, seeking revenge for his sister.
So, while one could watch the film’s in the order they were released, watch Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning before The Final wouldn’t be bad. Other than this, one could also watch Rurouni Kenshin in its chronological order, i.e., The Beginning, Origin, Kyoto Inferno, Legend Ends, and The Final.
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