There are new serious, and not-so-serious looks at next summer's Rurouni Kenshin - The Kyoto Fire and The Legend's Conclusion, the second and third adaptations of the samurai manga, covering its Kyoto arc. Takeru Satoh, who returns as political assassin turned wandering swordsman Himura Kenshin, posted a second photo on his official site.
And, there are photos of the cast posing with Kumamoto prefecture's mascot, Kumamon. The production filmed in three locations in the area this month.
Actors above include Takeru Satoh (Kenshin Himura), Emi Takei (Kaoru Kamiya), Aoki Munetaka (Sanosuke Sagara) and Kaito Oyago (Yahiko Myojin).
Local filming locations included the Manda mine in Arao, the House of Law in Uki and the Yachiyo seat in Yamaga. All three of these locations are considered cultural heritages on both the prefectural and national levels.
Actor Tatsuya Fujiwara (Death Note's Light Yagami) has been introduced as the political assassin/revolutionary villain Shishio Makoto. Keishi Otomo returns to direct the movies.
Yusuke Iseya (live action Casshern, live-action Ashita no Joe's Rikishi, 13 Assassin's Kiga Koyata) will play strength obsessed Oniwabanshū ninja Aoshi Shinomori and Ryunosuke Kamiki (Kazoku Game, Summer Wars' Kenji Koiso, Howl's Moving Castle's Markl) will play cheerful, deadly young swordaman Sōjirō Seta.
Kaito Oyagi (Abacus and Sword) will replace Taketo Tanaka for the role of Yahiko Myojin in the sequel
Ryosuke Miura (Kamen Rider OOO) will play the role of Cho Sawagejo.
Maryjun Takahashi (Fashion Story - Model) will play the role of Shishio's lover, Yumi Komagata.
Min Tanaka (The Twilight Samurai) will play the role of former Oniwabanshū leader Nenji "Okina" Kashiwazaki.
THE BOOM's Kazufumi Miyazawa will play the role of Okubo Toshimichi, a statesman and one of the three great nobles who led the Meiji Restoration.
Yukinoshi Ozawa (Hayabusa: The Long Voyage Home) will play the role of Japan's first Prime Minister, Ito Hirobumi, a historic figure who didn't factor into the original manga.