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

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...

Japanese Film Festival 2014 Concludes, Sets Record Attendance

The 18th Japanese Film Festival has finally ended in Australia and New Zealand with applause as the event celebrates a total attendance of over 33,000 cinema goers. Additionally, the 2014 Audience Choice Award has been given to the final film in the Rurouni Kenshin trilogy. The JFF program stretched across 16 cities, including Auckland, New Zealand for the first time, with 67 Japanese movies scree...

Rurouni Kenshin Director to Appear in Melbourne

The Japanese Film Festival is in full swing here in Australia, offering cinema goers a huge selection of Japanese movies, both animated and live action, to enjoy during these sweltering months. Additionally, Director Keishi Otomo is making an appearance in Melbourne. With the samurai epic Rurouni Kenshin trilogy screening during JFF, Director Otomo is holding a Q&A session on Saturday, Novembe...

Japanese Film Festival 2014 Program Revealed

The biggest Japanese Film Festival outside of Japan is set to land in Australia and Auckland this October until December. So far only the Rurouni Kenshin trilogy was confirmed to make an appearance, but now the full list of films has been revealed including a live action adaptation of Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery Service. While closing movies vary on location, the festival will kick...

Japanese Film Festival 2014 Dates, Rurouni Kenshin Sequels Confirmed

The Japanese Film Festival is said to be the largest outside of its homeland, drawing an audience of some 25,000 people last year in theatres across Australia. Although the full program of over 45 films is yet to be revealed, the two-part sequel to Rurouni Kenshin will be making an appearance as a full trilogy. Set to return for the eighteenth time, JFF will kick off mid-October in Adelaide before...

Viz updates their digital manga library for early January 2014

As you may know, Viz Media is currently holding a sale on their entire digital manga library where all volumes are 20% off and how that sail will last until Wednesday, January 15th. Well if you didn’t you do now and there are a handful of new digital releases that fans can purchase at a discounted price with normal volumes mostly costing $5.99 instead of $6.99, though a few titles may have a...

Stills Revealed for Live Action Rurouni Kenshin Sequels

Set for respective releases in August and September, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: The Great Kyoto Fire) and Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: The End of a Legend) have received a few new screenshots. Though a small collection, the images show Kenshin facing off against Sojiro Seta and the infamous Shishio Makoto. Also released was a list featuring a maj...

SMASH! 2013 Recap

The 2013 SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show has come to a close, and – pardon the pun – but we had a smashing time at the convention. This year, the Sydney Convention Centre was host to a packed house, and for good reason, with special guests, great panels and workshops, awesome vendors on the show floor and fantastic cosplay. Want it all in one place? Well here is our coverage recap! ...

Multiple Shonen Jump manga released for United Kingdom’s Nook store

Today Viz Media has announced that they have launched eight of their most popular Shonen Jump manga series onto the Barnes & Noble U.K. NOOK Store. It is worth noting that this is the first time that any of these series have been released digitally outside of North America and they are are all available for purchase right now on the NOOK and even available through free NOOK reading apps on iOS...

Rurouni Kenshin Panel – SMASH! 2013

Amongst the many panels of SMASH! 2013 was Rurouni Kenshin: Where the Spirits of the Past and the Future Meet. Headed by Dr Mio Bryce, Head of Japanese Studies at Macquarie University, Amy Plumb and Terence “Tel” Porter, students within the same program, the panel focused on the complex themes of Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story as well as their relevance and impact on c...

Shishio cast in Rurouni Kenshin live-action sequels

Further news has come in following the announcement of the two sequels to the live-action Rurouni Kenshin regarding the casting for the films which will now be titled Rurouni Kenshin: The Great Kyoto Fire and Rurouni Kenshin: The End of a Legend. Yaoran broke the news that the villain of both films, the infamous Shishio, has officially been cast. Popular Japanese actor Tatsuya Fujiwara (Death Note...

2 New Rurouni Kenshin Live-Action Films Based on Kyoto Arc Announced

News has just come through that the August issue of Jump Square magazine has confirmed that two sequels to the live-action Rurouni Kenshin film are in the works for release in 2014. The two follow-up live-action films will adapt the famous Kyoto Arc of Rurouni Kenshin across both films. The Kyoto Arc as fans of the series would know details Himura Kenshin’s struggle with the bandage-clad vil...

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