'Rurouni Kenshin' Is Back After Nearly 20 Years

The new Rurouni Kenshin arc officially starts this week with Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announcing the news in their latest issue.

The new story is titled Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc, and the series will have five arcs in total and finish off from where the series last ended. Originally the manga was meant to be released in spring, but it was delayed until summer this year. Watsuki first launched his 28-volume Rurouni Kenshin in 1994, with the Weekly Shonen Jump series' following skyrocketing soon after.

If you are not familiar with Rurouni Kenshin, there's still time to get to know the franchise. The manga has printed over 60 million copies, and it focuses on Kenshin Himura, a former deadly assassin during the Meiji Restoration. Kenshin is trying his best to find a new life beyond the senseless violence, but things don't always go to plan.


The series has also inspired a TV animation production which aired for 95 episodes as well as an animated film, three original video anime, three live-action films, and a stage musical adaptation. The musical was run by an all-female theatre troupe called Takarazuka Revue.