Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan (2023)

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Japanese: るろうに剣心 -明治剣客浪漫譚-


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Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 7, 2023 to Dec 15, 2023
Premiered: Summer 2023
Broadcast: Fridays at 00:55 (JST)
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: LIDENFILMS
Source: Manga
Genre: ActionAction
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, SamuraiSamurai
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

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Score: 7.621 (scored by 3419034,190 users)
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Ranked: #14132
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Popularity: #1914
Members: 110,341
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Synopsis

In the late 19th century, as the cruel times of the Bakumatsu period came to a close, a new Meiji era marked the age of restoration for Japan. With the war over, its infamous hero Hitokiri Battousai disappeared into thin air, leaving only his legend behind.

Years later, a seemingly plain wanderer named Kenshin Himura encounters Kaoru Kamiya, the owner of a struggling local dojo in Tokyo. Kaoru pursues a self-proclaimed Battousai who roams the streets, indiscriminately killing citizens and police officers. Furthermore, the warrior professes to use the Kamiya Kasshin-ryu—a sword style developed by Kaoru's father deeply rooted in the essence of life, not death.

Kenshin decides to help Kaoru take down the impostor and restore her father's dojo. Unbeknownst to all, Kenshin is none other than the real warrior whose name still terrifies the people. Although Kaoru eventually learns the truth, his oath to atone for his murderous history by bloodlessly protecting the weak moves her, and she welcomes Kenshin to stay at her dojo. However, Kenshin's ideals are soon challenged by ghosts of the past and enemies of the present.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Background

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan (2023) is a remake of the original adaptation, utilizing new animation technology to make it appealing to both new viewers and returning audiences of the series. Supplementary modifications were also made to bring a more serious tone and depth to the story.

The anime was released on Blu-ray and DVD in eight volumes by Aniplex from October 25, 2023, to May 29, 2024.

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1: "Hiten (飛天)" by Ayase, R-Shitei (R-指定) (eps 1-13)
2: "Rurou no Katashiro (るろうの形代)" by Masaki Suda, Tokoyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (eps 14-24)
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Ending Theme

1: "Kissaki (切っ先)" by Reol (eps 1-13)
2: "Sonzai Shoumei (存在証明)" by Kid Phenomenon (eps 14-24)




Reviews

Jan 18, 2024
The remake (re-adaptation?) of one of the most seminal stories in the genre does the source material justice

It won’t be an exaggeration to say that Rurouni Kenshin made a lasting impact on both the world of manga and anime in the 90’s that still reverberates to this day. From its heartfelt, thoughtful, tragic yet charming and poignant portrayal of characters living in one of the most transformative and tumultuous periods in the history of Japan to its over the top yet effective action, Rurouni Kenshin has truly left the lasting impact on people around the globe, myself included. The original works are so sacred that ...
Jan 5, 2024
Mixed Feelings
Ruroni Kenshin is considered to be one of the greatest shonen series even despite all negative information about the author. Plus, the fact that an old show is still talked about made me intrigued because it usually means that a show did something really outstanding for its time. However, an anime I watched has nothing like that and either it is a bad adaptation or the show gets better after 40 episodes or maybe the fame of the franchise is the result of pure nostalgia.

The story itself is too simple: the anime doesn't try to use the full potential of the themes it presents, the ...
Feb 3, 2024
Completely pointless, insipid series. Credit where credit is due: the new voice cast does an impressive job of following on from the iconic voices of the original series, and honestly it has a pretty decent start, but there’s a complete lack of gravity and flavour here. The art style is SO bland; I can imagine not minding it if you’d never seen anything better, but looking back at how dynamic and rich the aesthetics of the 90s were, it’s enough to make one lament about the state of modern mainstream Shounen. The music—another major highlight of the original—is completely generic and lacks any presence in ...

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