The year 2021 is going to witness another adaptation of manga into a live-action movie. The release of Rurouni Kenshin: The Final will be the fourth entry in the series following Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends. It is based on the final part of the Rurouni Kenshin manga, written by Nobuhiro Watsuki. The director of the film is Keishi Ōtomo.
Live-action movies based on manga are not much popular worldwide—the main reason being the language barrier. Still, fans who follow the manga world enthusiastically have praised these adaptations. These films are as exciting as the Hollywood comic adaptations of DC and Marvel.
What do we know about the Rurouni Kenshin series?
Rurouni Kenshin series is a Japanese movie adaptation of a manga with the same name. Falling under the category of period action-adventure film, the series consists of five releases. Rurouni Kenshin: Origins was released on August 25, 2012. It turned out to gross over $36 million in Japan itself and over $60 million worldwide.
The film received immense responses from all over the world. Over 60 countries acquired the distribution license in Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
The sequels of Rurouni Kenshin: Origins
The next two sequels were Kyoto Inferno and The Legend Ends. Both of these were released in the summer of 2014. There was a later announcement in 2016 about the rights of the films. Funimation Films acquired the rights to the first film and the sequels. As a result, the movies were released with English Dubbing in North America in August 2016.
The films were released in various film festivals like Busan International Film Festival and Sitges Film Festival.
In 2019, Warner Bros. Japan announced the production of the fourth and fifth sequel. It was initially scheduled for a release in Summer 2020. But, due to the pandemic, the release was postponed. Later on 4th December 2020, a new poster and a revised released date were announced on the official website.
Trailer of the Upcoming Sequel
The trailer was released on 10th March 2021 on Warner Bros Japan’s official YouTube channel.
Official Release Date
Initially, Rurouni Kenshin: The Final was scheduled to release in the summer of 2020. But, the pandemic forced the producers to stall the release date for a while. Another announcement was made in December 2020, along with a new poster of the movie. The final release of Rurouni Kenshin: The Final is set up for 23rd April 2021.
Story Preview: The Rurouni Kenshin Series
It is a legendary killer Battousai, who disappears after his victory in the Battle of Toba–Fushimi. He turns his back towards the bloodshed and chooses to be a wandering swordsman. He goes on with the name Himura Kenshin and works to save the people of Japan without killing anyone anymore. The story is a depiction of love, peace, and atonement. As a result of all the murders he had committed, he vows to help those in need. Later in his life, he meets Kamiya Kaoru. She attacks him, believing him to be the famous assassin, but he reveals that he only carries a “reverse-blade sword” and not the one Battousai used to have.
Later, Kaoru fights with a murderer, where Kenshin arrives and saves her, giving the murderer an opportunity to recognize him, the real Battousai. The story takes a critical turn, thereby making Kenshin realize his horrors and his vow of not killing anyone. The murderer kidnaps Kaoru. Kenshin then fights the former and rescues his lady love, keeping his vow intact. Since Kenshin leaves the murderer to die, he attempts suicide.
Plots of Kyoto Inferno and The Legend Dies
In the sequel Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, Kenshin lives with Kaoru and her student when a government official calls him to track down Shishio Makoto, who is terrorizing Kyoto and its people. The story then revolves around Kenshin as to how he helps Kyoto and uses the twin pair of his sakabato to fight the enemies.
Although he can assess the real intentions of Shishio, Kenshin fails to stop him. The story ends with a climax where Kenshin is found unconscious on a beach and is carried away by a mysterious man.
The third film, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, depicts the journey of Kenshin, finding the missing part of his soul as he vowed never to kill anyone. He completes his training and comes across the fact that Shishio has issued a warrant against him. Therefore, Kenshin takes a secret route to his home. Towards the end of a huge battle with Kenshin and his allies, Shishio catches fire and burns to death. Since then, Kenshin is recognized as Kenshin, and it turns out to be an end to his life as Battousai.
Casts of Rurouni Kenshin: The Final
The cast of the famous manga adaptation Rurouni Kenshin has always been the talk of the town. The list of the cast and crew is a big topic to discuss. In Rurouni Kenshin: The Final, Takeru Satoh plays the role of Himura Kenshin, along with Emi Takei as Kamiya Kaoru. Munetaka Aoki will play the role of Sagara Sanosuke and Yū Aoi will be seen as Takani Megumi. Mackenyu as Yukishiro Enishi and Yōsuke Eguchi as Saitō Hajime will be a part of this movie.
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Where to watch the Rurouni Kenshin series?
The famous Japanese movie adaptation of manga, the Rorouni Kenshin series, is available on Netflix and Amazon Prime. One can log in to their respective accounts to experience the life of the legendary swordsman, Rurouni Kenshin. The links for the series are given below:
There is no official statement till now for the availability of the forthcoming parts online.