Kodoani.com – Main website for anime adaptations of manga Rurouni Kenshin of Nobuhiro Watsuki revealed the first main visual, additional voice cast, running for two consecutive seasons (fifth quarter) or semi-annually, and a fifth promotional video on Sunday. The video reveals and accompanies the anime’s opening theme song “Hiten” performed by artists Ayase and R-Shitei (Ayase ✕ R-Shitei).
Satoshi Hino joins the anime’s voice cast as Hajime Saitō, the former leader of the third team of the Shinsengumi.
The anime will premiere on Fuji TV’s Noitamina and other locations on July 6 at 25:55. The anime will run for two consecutive seasons.
In addition, the staff will hold screening events in the United States, France, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and Korea. Japan held two screenings on Sunday at the United Cinema Aqua City Odaiba in Tokyo with the voices of Sōma Saitō, Rie Takahashi, Makoto Koichi and Taku Yashiro.
The anime will re-adapt the main manga.
Sōma Saitō voices the main character in the series as Kenshin Himura, and Rie Takahashi voices Kaoru Kamiya. Taku Yashiro voices Sanosuke Sagara, and Makoto Koichi voices Yahiko Myojin. Yūma Uchida voices Shinomori Aoshi, and Saori Ōnishi voices Takani Megumi.
Hideyo Yamamoto is directing the anime at LIDEN FILMS. Terumi Nishii is designing the characters, and Hideyuki Kurata is in charge of the series scripts. Yū Takami composed the music. Singer-songwriter Reol performs the ending theme song “Kissaki” (Sword Tip).
Watsuki and his wife novelist/story writer Kaoru Kurosaki launched the Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc (Rurouni Kenshin, Meiji Kenkaku Romantan: Hokkaido-hen) manga in Shueisha’s Jump SQ magazine in September 2017. The manga went on hiatus in December 2017 after Watsuki was accused of possessing child pornography. The series then resumed publication in June 2018.
Watsuki first launched his 28-volume Rurouni Kenshin manga in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1994. The manga has more than 72 million copies in circulation worldwide. The manga revolves around Kenshin Himura, once a deadly assassin during the Meiji Restoration, who is trying to find a new life outside of violence.
The manga has since been adapted into a 95-episode television anime series, an animated film, three original anime projects, five live-action films, and a stage musical by the troupe. All-female Takarazuka Revue.