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All about Rurouni Kenshin 2012 (Live Action)

Updated on April 7, 2013

On 28 June 2011, it was announced that a live-action film adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin is in the works and scheduled to be released in the summer of 2012. The filming started on August 2, 2011 and ended on November 21, 2011. It was shot in Kyoto, Shiga, Tottori, Okayama, Hyougo and Osaka over a period of 4 months. The filming also included the participation of about 1200 extras, mainly volunteers who applied during the online recruitment in July 2011. There are plans for Rurouni Kenshin to be the start of a new international movie franchise with Warner Brothers Pictures behind the production, distribution and marketing.

Since the casting of Satoru Takeru as Himura Kenshin, the official movie website has attracted visitors from 136 countries, and appears to be building up anticipation among RuroKen fans around the world.

Why should I be excited about this chibisuke carrothead with an X on his face?

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story (Rurouni Kenshin Meiji Kenkaku Roumantan) by Watsuki Nobuhiro, was serialised in Weekly Jump (Shuukan Shounen Jump, under Shueisha) from 1994 - 99. Back then, the manga series was published as 28 volumes, with sales hitting over 50 million volumes domestically in Japan. It has since been re-printed in Kanzenban (A5 size) as 22 volumes, and in Bunkoban (A6 size) as 14 volumes. Shueisha also published 3 official RuroKen light novels, written by Shizuka Kaoru. RuroKen was adapted into an anime series which aired in Japan from 1996 - 98, with the addition of an animated film and 2 series of OVAs released. Several video games have also been released for the PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable consoles.

Rurouni Kenshin has been translated and published in 23 countries and has a strong fan base internationally.

Himura Kenshin as Japan's Harry Potter?

Himura Kenshin has been compared to Harry Potter by William Ireton, President of Warner Brothers, Japan. "Harry with a scar on his forehead and Kenshin with one on his cheek, both of them have kind hearts, and always live up to everyone's expectations no matter the circumstances. The 2 characters share many common traits which endear them to anyone. "

The Story

The Legendary Swordsman, Himura Kenshin, was feared as "Hitokiri Battousai" (The Unsheather) during the Bakumatsu years. With the ushering of a new era, the Meiji period, he has vanished and begins to travel around as a wandering samurai, having sworn an oath of "No Killing". One day, he rescues the assistant instructor of Kamiya Dojo, a young woman named Kamiya Kaoru and under her invitation, stays in her dojo. Just then, there is an outburst of killing incidents by someone claiming to be "Hitokiri Battousai" ...

The Cast

Let's take a look at who's who in Rurouni Kenshin!

Satou Takeru as Himura Kenshin

Takei Emi as Kamiya Kaoru

Aoki Munetaka as Sagara Sanosuke

Aoi Yuu as Takani Megumi

Eguchi Yousuke as Saitou Hajime

Kikkawa Kouji as Udou Jin-e

Kagawa Teruyuki as Takeda Kanryuu

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Sneak Peak Trailers

While it will be at least a few months before Rurouni Kenshin hits the international screens, we can at least content ourselves with these gorgeous official trailers released by Warner Brothers Pictures.

Rurouni Kenshin Official Trailer 1 (Eng Sub)

Rurouni Kenshin Official Trailer 2

Rurouni Kenshin Announcement Trailer

Rurouni Kenshin 60 sec TV Spot

Rurouni Kenshin and Ryoumaden

Director Ootomo met Satou Takeru on the set of Ryoumaden, the 49th NHK Taiga drama which centres on the life of Sakamoto Ryouma, one of the key leaders behind the Meiji Restoration. Satou acted the role of Okada Izou, a samurai who was feared as 1 of the 4 most notable assassins of the Bakumatsu.

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The Kenshin Restoration

As a tie-in to the live-action movie, Watsuki Sensei has penned a "Self-Remake" of Rurouni Kenshin, named "Rurouni Kenshin - Cinema Ban". This is being serialised in Jump SQ., starting from the June 2012 issue, which was released on May 2, 2012. VIZ Media's digital manga anthology Shonen Jump Alpha is serialising the first chapter in English starting from the May 21st issue. It will be a monthly series in Jump Alpha, with the new chapters released a couple of weeks after their release in Japan.

Another special one-shot titled "Rurouni Kenshin Chapter 0", is scheduled to be published in Weekly Shounen Jump in August 2012. It will be about one of the main causes behind why Kenshin stayed at Kamiya Dojo.

Did you know

that Satou Takeru was also Watsuki Sensei (and his wife's) first choice for Himura Kenshin?

I was posing with Satou Takeru in AFA Anime Festival 2012

I was posing with Satou Takeru in AFA Anime Festival 2012
I was posing with Satou Takeru in AFA Anime Festival 2012

In celebration of this new serialisation, there is also a Rurouni Kenshin Official App (iPhone & Android) launched for a limited time available only in Japan with freebies of comics, wallpapers, animations and related information.

Find the Rurouni! RurouniCrossing Campaign

For those living in Japan or who are visiting Japan from June 27 - August 25 2012, you may be lucky enough to meet the "Rurouni Maru"!

The "Rurouni Maru" is a Rurouni Kenshin Theme decorated car, sponsored by Subaru. It will be bringing the actor Nagao Takuya, who has been chosen as the Wanderer, all around the 47 prefectures of Japan, promoting the movie. The Wanderer will be visiting the famous places in each prefecture and also the places when filming took place as a run down to the movie premiere. Those lucky enough to spot him will be getting original movie goods as presents.

At the official website, you can access the travel map, read the travel logs of the Wanderer, and also check out the real time actual location of the Wanderer. If you spot him, do take a photo and tweet about it and you may just find your twitter icon appearing on the Wanderer's map. Join the hunt at

Available from end June 2012. The RuroKen Character Fortune Series from MegaHouse! 399 Yen each.

Available from end June 2012. The RuroKen Character Fortune Series from MegaHouse! 399 Yen each.
Available from end June 2012. The RuroKen Character Fortune Series from MegaHouse! 399 Yen each.

TV Anime Series 15th Anniversary Project

As part of the TV anime series' 15th Anniversary along with the upcoming live-action movie, there will be a new PSP game and an 2 part OVA re-make of the Kyoto Arc from the original TV anime series.

The new PSP game Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan Kansei is scheduled to be released on August 30th, 2012.

The 2 part OVA Rurouni Kenshin New Kyoto Arc which depicts the battle between Kenshin Himura and Makoto Shishio, is narrated from Makimachi Misao's POV . Part 1 titled Rurouni Kenshin: Shin Kyoto-Hen Zenpen Homura no Ori ("Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc Part I: Cage of Flames") had a limited cinema run in December 2011 and was released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 21, 2012 in Japan. Part II was released on June 23, 2012 with a similar limited theatrical run, with the DVD and Blu-Ray release set for August 22, 2012.

PSP Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan Kansei Preview

Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc Part I Trailer

Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc Part II Trailer

Movie Info

Official Title: Rurouni Kenshin

Release Date: August 25, 2012 (Japan)

Cast: Satou Takeru, Takei Emi, Kikkawa Kouji, Aoi Yuu, Aoki Munetaka, Ayano Gou, Sudou Genki, Tanaka Taketou, Okuda Eiji, Eguchi Yousuke, Kagawa Teruyuki

Original Manga: Watsuki Nobuhiro "Rurouni Kenshin Meiji Kenkaku Roumantan" (Shueisha Jump Comics)

Director: Ootomo Keishi

Script: Fujii Kiyomi, Ootomo Keishi

Music: Satou Naoki

Theme Song: "The Beginning" by ONE OK ROCK

Post Production: C&I Entertainment

Production & Distribution: Warner Brothers Pictures

Genre: Action/ Period Drama

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    • Aja103654 profile image


      5 years ago

      This is by far the best live action of an anime I have seen. Though it kind of made me sleepy because there is not much music in the movie. Still, it was great! I was traumatized after watching dragonball. The only thing that made it dragonball was... well, the dragonballs!

    • AlokaRuwanpathi profile image


      6 years ago

      man this is great!! I jst can't wait... <3

    • sunsuion profile image


      6 years ago

      Can't wait to watch this.....

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      6 years ago

      As long as it is done like the Anime, I don't want to see another Anime made Live-action like the 3 failed attempts of Dragonball. Anime is Too Awesome to just be thrown together in a Poor Fashion but I will say, this Movie looks very promising!! ;D

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      6 years ago

      one of my favorite anime in real,,must watch this movie :D


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