Rurouni Kenshin Anime Cast: The production team behind the upcoming television anime adaptation of Nobuhiro Watsuki’s renowned Rurouni Kenshin manga series has released its sixth promotional video. This video introduces four fresh additions to the Oniwabanshū, a group of covert agents. These new cast members are slated to make their debut in the anime’s eighth episode, scheduled for release on Friday.
Accompanying this update, the anime’s creators have unveiled a visual that provides a glimpse into the unfolding narrative.
Rurouni Kenshin Anime Cast Members
The recently revealed cast members are:
- Ryotaro Okiayu, lends his voice to the character Hannya.
- Hiroyuki Yoshino, portraying Beshimi.
- Fukushi Ochiai, taking on the role of Hyottoko.
- Tetsu Inada, voicing Shikijō.
The anime series made its debut on Fuji TV’s Noitamina programming block and other platforms on July 6. This anime is set to run for two consecutive cours (equivalent to a quarter of a year). The series is also available for streaming on Crunchyroll as episodes air.
It’s worth noting that this anime represents a fresh adaptation of the original manga series.
Leading the cast is Sōma Saitō as Kenshin Himura, with Rie Takahashi co-starring as Kaoru Kamiya. Taku Yashiro brings life to the character Sanosuke Sagara, while Makoto Koichi voices Yahiko Myojin. Yūma Uchida lends his voice to Shinomori Aoshi, and Saori Ōnishi embodies Megumi Takani. The role of Hajime Saitō is played by Satoshi Hino.
Who is the Director of Rurouni Kenshin Anime?
Overseeing the direction of the anime is Hideyo Yamamoto (known for works like Strike the Blood, Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka, Cells at Work! Code Black) at LIDEN FILMS. Character designs are crafted by Terumi Nishii, and series scripts are managed by Hideyuki Kurata. Yū Takami is responsible for composing the music. The opening theme song “Hiten” is performed by artists Ayase and R-Shitei (Ayase✕R-Shitei), while the ending theme song “Kissaki” (Sword Tip) is sung by singer-songwriter Reol.
Watsuki and his wife, Kaoru Kurosaki, who is a novelist and story collaborator, initiated the Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc manga series in Shueisha’s Jump SQ. magazine back in September 2017. The manga went on hiatus in December 2017 due to Watsuki’s legal issues related to the possession of child pornography. However, the series resumed serialization in June 2018.
While Viz Media had been simultaneously publishing an English version of the manga, this came to a halt when the manga went on hiatus in 2017.
Rurouni Kenshin Anime History
Watsuki originally launched the Rurouni Kenshin manga in 1994 in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, spanning 28 volumes in total. With over 72 million copies in circulation globally, the manga’s story revolves around Kenshin Himura, a former deadly assassin during the Meiji Restoration, as he seeks a path to redemption away from violence.
This manga has been adapted into various forms, including a 95-episode TV anime series, an anime film, three original video anime projects, five live-action films, and even a stage musical produced by the all-female musical theater troupe, Takarazuka Revue.