Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Shin Kyoto-hen

Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc

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Synonyms: Rurouni Kenshin: Shin Kyoto Hen
Japanese: るろうに剣心-明治剣客浪漫譚- 新京都編
English: Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc
German: Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 2
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 17, 2011 to Jun 23, 2012
Producers: Aniplex
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, SamuraiSamurai
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 46 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.121 (scored by 1297512,975 users)
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Ranked: #36742
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Popularity: #4198
Members: 29,001
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A large scale remake of the time after Kenshin leaves Tokyo up until before the inferno of Kyoto.

Characters & Voice Actors


Matsuda, Keiichi
Abe, Ai
Furuhashi, Kazuhiro
Director, Storyboard
Kaburagi, Hiro
Episode Director, Storyboard


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Ending Theme

1: "Nanairo no Kaze (七色の風)" by Rina Sumioka (住岡梨奈)
2: "feel you" by Rina Sumioka (住岡梨奈)


Jan 20, 2013
As a fan of all things Rurouni Kenshin I was quite excited to see an updated two episode OVA remake of the Kyoto arc of the original series involving Shinshio Makoto as the bad guy, probably made to coincide with the release of the live action film. After all Rurouni Kenshin inspired me to take up martial arts.

I have to say I was left disappointed. Disregarding the fact that the two episodes were released so far apart, the first episode was good but the second felt rushed like the producers were trying to squeeze in as much as possible and as a result some of ...
Jun 11, 2015
Mixed Feelings
I’m not going to use any arbitrary numbers because that won’t provide an accurate representation of what I just watched. One thing I’d advise before ever picking this title up is be sure you watched the original Rurouni Kenshin series prior. If you don’t you might be completely undone before you get to some of the juicier bits of this two part series. For everyone whose unaware of the story surrounding the New Kyoto Arc in Kenshin these films(?) are hard to follow and don’t convey enough of what made the original run of the arc so satisfying.

Now I’m not going to waste time arguing ...
Mar 23, 2013
The most succinct way to describe Shin Kyoto Hen would be: "glossed over." What else would you expect from a two hour retelling that attempted to cover 27 episodes of the original series? That's not to say, however, that the OVAs are entirely without merit.

The environments are strikingly beautiful. The characters are modernized: cleaner and redesigned to better suit the current aesthetic, but unfortunately look washed out and unfinished when set against the detail of the backgrounds. Cinematography is done very well; the usage of color and light, particularly contrasting Kenshin's meetings with Misao and Shishio, is a nice touch.
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Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Rurouni Kenshin: Shin Kyoto Hen Episode 2 Discussion
tsubasalover - Aug 27, 2012
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Jan 17, 2022 10:31 AM
What are the episodes of the arc in the anime?
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