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Rurouni Kenshin (るろうに剣心 -明治剣客浪漫譚-, Rurōni Kenshin -Meiji Kenkaku Roman Tan-) is the reboot anime adaption of the manga of the same name by Nobuhiro Watsuki. The anime series is directed by Hideyo Yamamota and produced by Liden Films. The series premiered on July 6, 2023.

An English dub of the series premiered on October 15, 2023. The dub cast was left uncredited due to the controversy with manga author Nobuhiro Watsuki until November 14, 2023.

Synopsis

During the upheaval of the Bakumatsu Era, there was an Imperialist warrior feared as the "Hitokiri Battosai." However, upon the arrival of the new era the Battosai disappeared from the public eye, leaving behind just his legend of the strongest Revolutionary warrior. Years later in downtown Tokyo, on the 11th year of Meiji. Kenshin Himura, a traveling swordsman who vowed to never kill again on the sakabato (reverse blade sword) he carries on his hip, meets Kaoru Kamiya, the head instructor of the Kamiya Kasshin-ryu sword style. Kenshin solves the case of a crossroad killer who was tarnishing the name of the Kasshin-ryu while claiming to be the "Hitokiri Battosai," which then leads to Kaoru offering to have the wanderer stay at her dojo. Follow Kenshin's journey as he makes treasured friendships with Yahiko Myojin, a descendent of a samurai-class family in Tokyo, and Sanosuke Sagara, a fighter for hire, and faces off against various foes who have unfinished business from Kenshin's past. The curtains have opened on the inspiring tale of a swordsman, and the resolute people surrounding him, living in the new Meiji Era.


Cast

Image Character Seiyū Dub Actor
Main Characters
Himura kenshin 2023 Kenshin Himura Sōma Saitō Howard Wang
Kamiya kaoru 2023 Kaoru Kamiya Rie Takahashi Risa Mei
Sagara Sanosuke 2023 anime design Sanosuke Sagara Taku Yashiro Darius Johnson
Myojin Yahiko 2023 anime design Yahiko Myōjin Makoto Koichi ¿?
Secondary Characters
Takani Megumi 2023 anime design Megumi Takani Saori Ōnishi Jennifer Sun Bell
Saito Hajime 2023 anime design Hajime Saitō Satoshi Hino Bill Butts
Shinomori Aoshi 2023 anime design Aoshi Shinomori Yūma Uchida Ben Balmaceda
Unknown character image dubbwiki Sekihara Tae Mamiko Noto TBA
Unknown character image dubbwiki Tsubame Sanjo Yūko Ōno Kimberley Anne Campbell
Unknown character image dubbwiki Uramura Shinobu Matsumoto TBA
Unknown character image dubbwiki Gohei Hiruma Wataru Takagi Jason Marnocha
Minor Characters
Unknown character image dubbwiki Kihei Hiruma Chō TBA

Episodic Characters

Image Character Seiyū Dub Actor Episode
Unknown character image dubbwiki Police Officers Kazuya Saji
Kōhei Yanagi
Shō Okumura
TBA 1
Unknown character image dubbwiki Police Captain Kōichi Sōma TBA
Unknown character image dubbwiki Sōji Okita Sōichirō Hoshi Cedric Williams
Unknown character image dubbwiki Nishiwaki Shinya Takahashi TBA
Unknown character image dubbwiki Henchman TBA 2
Unknown character image dubbwiki Policemans Kōichi Sōma
Yuji Murai
TBA
Unknown character image dubbwiki Onlookers Marie Ōi
Saki Kobari
TBA
Unknown character image dubbwiki Aritomo Yamagata Mitsuru Ogata TBA
Unknown character image dubbwiki Sword Bearing Police Members Seiyu Fujiwara
Shō Okumura
Tomohiro Ōno
TBA
Unknown character image dubbwiki Ujiki Wataru Komada TBA
Unknown character image dubbwiki Gasuke Junichi Yanagita Bill Millsap 2-3
Unknown character image dubbwiki Tanishi Hidenari Ugaki TBA 3
Unknown character image dubbwiki Satō Kōhei Yanagi TBA
Unknown character image dubbwiki Yakuza Members Masafumi Kobatake
Shō Okumura
TBA
Unknown character image dubbwiki Hachisuka Nobuyuki Hiyama TBA
Unknown character image dubbwiki Hira Yuki Inoue TBA
Unknown character image dubbwiki Democratic Rights Movement activist Kōichi Sōma TBA 4
Unknown character image dubbwiki Democratic Rights Movement activists Seiyu Fujiwara
Yuji Murai
TBA 4-5
Unknown character image dubbwiki Jin'e Udo Tomokazu Sugita Yong Yea 5-7
Unknown character image dubbwiki Kanryu Takeda Mitsuaki Madono Todd Haberkorn 8-14
Unknown character image dubbwiki Elder Peaberry Kanae Itō TBA 20-21
Unknown character image dubbwiki Shinshio Makoto Makoto Furukawa TBA 24

Notes

  • Due to the controversy with manga author Nobuhiro Watsuki, the English dub cast had been left uncredited until November 14-16, 2023, where the voice cast were officially allowed to confirm their involvement. Any voice actor who was paid for the English dub donated their salaries to charity as a way to condemn Watsuki.
  • None of the voice actors from either the Sony or Media Blasters dubs of the original anime returned to reprise their roles, the closest so far being Steve Staley, who previously voiced Sōzō Sagara, Tomo and Sarujiro in the Media Blasters dub, though he merely serves as the voice director. This is presumably done to follow the same tread as the original Japanese version where none of the Japanese seiyuus from previous adaptation returned to reprise their roles in the 2023 remake.

Transmission via Streaming

Company Date(s) Category Format Content Country
Crunchyroll Logo October 15, 2023 Anime Digital 12 Episodes United States United States

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