FUNimation to Bring the ‘Rurouni Kenshin’ Film Trilogy to U.S. Theaters

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FUNimation Entertainment is bringing the live-action Rurouni Kenshin film trilogy to the U.S. this autumn. The first film, subtitled Origins, will be shown in cinemas from August 8-10. Kyoto Inferno, the second film, will be shown in cinemas from September 12-14. The Legend Ends, the final film in the trilogy, will be shown from October 3-5. The films are adapted from the original manga series and cover the story up to the end of the Shishio Makoto arc. Advance tickets for the first film will be on available for purchase soon. FUNimation provided a synopsis of the film:

In the wake of a brutal civil war, Kenshin Himura, once a feared killer, turns his back on bloodshed and vows to carry a reversed-edge blade for the rest of his days. But Kenshin soon finds that the world around him is greatly changed. Rapid modernization has given rise to new villains driven by power and greed—and from the shadows of the past, the famed assassin Makoto Shishio has returned to wreak havoc across Japan. Together, with the beautiful kendo instructor Kaoru and a colorful cast of allies, Kenshin embarks on a quest to protect the innocent from those that would do them harm. In a staggering display of swordplay and martial arts mastery, Kenshin will attempt to survive his promise to face his own blade—before spilling the blood of his enemies!

Nobuhiro Watsuki’s original Rurouni Kenshin manga series ran from 1994 to 1999. It has been followed by numerous anime adaptations and manga continuations.

From November 2014 to September 2017, this author covered as much anime news as possible, and published several dozen reviews of anime and Cartoon Network titles thanks primarily to Madman and Hanabee.

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