Legendary all-female performance troupe Takarazuka Revue famously looks to a broad range of source material for their musicals, from Faust and West Side Story to Phoenix Wrightand Ocean's 11 to Legend of the Galactic Heroes. As such, the news that they'll be adapting Nobuhiro Watsuki's hit samurai manga Rurouni Kenshin, isn't entirely surprising, especially since the lead was voiced in anime by Revue veteran Mayo Suzukaze.
Australian distributor Madman released the live-action Kenshin finale, Rurouni Kenshin The Legend Ends on DVD last week, and to go with this, the've published an English-subtitled trailer. In the feature, Shishio has set sail in his ironclad ship to bring down the Meiji government and return Japan to chaos, carrying Kaoru with him. In order to stop him in time, Kenshin trains with his old master to learn his final technique.
For the 120th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Brazil, the San Paulo Culture Center of the Japan Foundation will invite 45-year-old manga author Nobuhiro Watsuki, best known for his Rurouni Kenshin series, to Brazil this July. Hit the jump for more details.
The English J-Stars Victory VS+ site has rolled out its latest round of promo videos for the crossover fighting game celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Shonen Jump magazine, now set to be released in Europe on June 26, followed by the Americas on June 30, on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, as well as a digital-only release on PS Vita. This one features Toriko versus Zebra, Kenshin versus Reborn's Tsuna Sawada and Bobobo-bo.
Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends), the second part of the final installment of the Rurouni Kenshin live-action film series featuring Takeru Sato as Kenshin Himura finally released in Japan last Saturday. As expected, it ruled the weekend box office with an impressive 919,479,200 yen. Hit the jump for more details.
Move over bear mascot Kumamon. For this weekend's Japanese opening of Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends), it's Hello Kitty who's the subject of the tie-in goods being sold in theaters.
In this Monday's September 8th Weekly Shonen Jump, Viz has launched its "Jump Start" program, in which the opening three chapters of new series from the Japanese Shonen Jump will be simultaneously published in the English version. The initiative starts with martial arts manga Judos. More after the jump.
The distributor of the film Warner Brothers Japan announced that Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno), the first part of the final installment of the Rurouni Kenshin live-action film series starring Takeru Sato, has earned an amazing 4,013,551,800 yen (about US$38.5 million) by August 28. Hit the jump for more details.