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 3394933,949 users)
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Ranked: #14132
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Popularity: #1915
Members: 110,017
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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.

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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

Dec 14, 2023
Rurouni Kenshin, the remake – For better or for worse, a somewhat competent effort the second time around, because this isn't studio Liden Films's first attempt at a remake.

For those who are not in the know, Liden Films was actually handed the task back in 2019 to adapt one of AniManga's most classic and famous works: mangaka Hiroaki Samura's Mugen no Juunin a.k.a Blade of the Immortal, which was one heck of a work back in the early 90s under Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon magazine, which ran from 1993 to 2012. The first anime adaptation being Bee Train's rather mediocre effort in Summer 2008, and afterwards, ...
Dec 15, 2023
Mixed Feelings
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Going to try to keep this short and simple. This is my first experience with the Rurouni Kenshin series and as such I have no prior knowledge or nostalgic rose-tinted glasses when it comes to giving this anime a try. Despite what's been said about the author, I'd heard plenty of times how good this series was and how much of a classic it is. That everything gets better the further into the story we go. Well I gave it a go and stomached the whole 24 episode season for the sake of giving it a fair shot.

But c'mon... no matter how much everyone ...
Dec 14, 2023
So, I grew up on this series and loved it. Given what we've come to learn of the mangaka behind it, my feelings on the series' legacy aren't quite so nice as they were when I was watching it back in the late 90s, but this was a story I really enjoyed. And so when it was announced that it would be getting a reboot, I was... well, pensive. Reboots don't always work, particularly when you're talking about taking a classic and updating the style, and I always worry that a reboot won't justify its own existence by modifying the plot or finding some new ...

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