New Rurouni Kenshin Anime’s 5th Trailer Reveals Opening Song, More Cast, and July 6 Premiere in 2 Cours


The new Rurouni Kenshin anime has received its fifth trailer, which showcased a preview of the newly announced opening song “Hiten” (飛天) by Ayase x R-Shitei, a powerful artist tie-up of Yoasobi’s producer and Creepy Nuts’ rapper, while Reol is performing the ending song “Edge” (切っ先). The anime series, which is scheduled to premiere on July 6, will run for two consecutive cours.

A new visual highlighting the series’ main characters; Kenshin Himura, Kaoru Kamiya, Sanosuke Sagara, Megumi Takani, and Aoshi Shinomori, are also revealed. Also, Satoshi Hino is joining the cast as Hajime Saito.

A theatrical screening event will be held on June 18 at United Cinema Aqua City Odaiba. Screening events are also set to be held in America, France, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia. 


Based on the legendary Shonen manga by Nobuhiro Watsuki, the series ran from 1994 to 1999 in Weekly Shonen Jump. A direct sequel to the series, Rurouni Kenshin: The Hokkaido Arc, started serialization in 2017. The sequel was briefly on hiatus (February-June 2018) after Watsuki was charged with possession of explicit materials focusing on children.

Gallop and Studio DEEN first animated the adaptation, which aired from 1996 to 1999. The franchise also has a live-action adaptation, which contains five movies, starring Takeru Satoh as Kenshin. And this new anime reboot is animated by LIDENFILMS and directed by My Master Has No Tail’s Hideyo Yamamoto.

New Rurouni Kenshin Anime PV5

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Rurouni Kenshin Anime Story

One hundred and forty years ago in Kyoto, with the coming of the American “Black Ships,” there arose a warrior who, felling men with his bloodstained blade, gained the name Hitokiri, manslayer! His killer blade helped close the turbulent Bakumatsu era and slashed open the progressive age known as Meiji. Then he vanished, and with the flow of years, became legend.

The story follows Himura Kenshin, a renowned assassin that fought in the Boshin War, roaming Japan as a wandering samurai, offering protection to those who need it with his signature reversed-blade katana to atone for his murderous past. On his travels, he runs into Kamiya Kaoru and helps her stop an imposter using his nickname “Battousai the manslayer”, he goes to her dojo in search of a new start to his life.

Rurouni Kenshin Anime Reboot 2023 key Visual

New Rurouni Kenshin Anime Staff & Production

Original Work: Nobuhiro Watsuki’s Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story [Shueisha’s Jump Comics]
Director: Hideyo Yamamoto
Character Design: Terumi Nishii
Series Composition: Hideyuki Kurata
Music: Yu Takami
Animation: Liden Films

New Rurouni Kenshin Anime Cast

■ Kenshin Himura – CV: Soma Saito
■ Kaoru Kamiya – CV: Rie Takahashi
■ Myōjin Yahiko – CV: Makoto Koichi
■ Sagara Sanosuke – CV: Taku Yashiro
■ Megumi Takani – CV: Saori Ōnishi
■ Aoshi Shinomori – CV: Yuuma Uchida

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