The enthusiasm is enormous the return of “Rurouni Kenshin” (Samurai X) to the animewith a new series to be released in 2023 and that it will re-adapt, from the beginning, the story of who was known as “Battōsai the Piecemaker”.
At the same time, a dark shadow begins to cover that future adaptation and says it is related to the creator of the manga, Nobuhiro Watsuki.
It is that, little by little, many readers and fans, both of the manga and of the original series, have been in charge of remembering something important that has led many followers of “Samurai X” to ask themselves: Can the author’s work be separated?
It was in 2017 that the impact was enormous when it was learned that Watsuki was accused of possession of child pornographymeeting in his office multiple DVDs with home recordings of nude minors.
“I liked girls from the last years of elementary school until around the second year of high school”was the statement that the mangaka delivered when he was arrested. He was 47 years old at the time.
Watsuki did not go to jailbeing sentenced to pay a fine of 200,000 yenabout 1,900 dollars of those years (1.6 million Chilean pesos), for the charge of simple possession of child pornography.
In Japan, possession of child pornography risks imprisonment for up to one year and a fine of up to one million yen (about $8,800), or even both.
Despite all the problems that involved the mangaka, that did not impact the “Kenshin” franchise practically at all.
At that time, Watsuki was continuing the “Samurai X” story with “Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc” with his wife and novelist Kaoru Kurosaki, but Shueisha announced that it was going on hiatus due to the charges against the author. However, it was only on hiatus for about half a yearbetween December 2017 and July 2018, and soon followed by its publication in the magazine Jump SQ.
In recent years, we even had the closure of live-action adaptations with the films that came to Netflix, “Rurouni Kenshin: The Final” (Samurai X: The End) and “Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning” (Samurai X: The origin).
This whole situation has divided fans of the franchise, constantly debating whether the author’s work can be separated in this case.
The new series is produced by LIDEN FILMSthe studio that was behind “The Immortal’s Sword” from 2019 and the popular “Tokyo Revengers” anime, with Sōma Saitō giving his voice to “Kenshin Himura” and Rie Takahashi interpreting “Kaoru Kamiya”, with new designs and a renewed animation style.
It has already been confirmed that two iconic characters, “Yahiko Myojin” and “Sannosuke Sagara”, will now be voiced by Makoto Koichi and Taku Yashiro, respectively.
Hideyo Yamamoto (Cells at Work! Code Black) will be in charge of directing the series, with Terumi Nishii in character design and Hideyuki Kurata in the composition, in addition to Yu Takami in charge of music.
The manga, which began publication in 1994, spanned 28 volumes, introducing us to the story of “Kenshin”, the wanderer, a legendary samurai assassin who seeks to leave behind his bloody years as “Battōsai the piece-breaker” by helping others in the process. path to a new life without violence.
The original anime, which had 95 episodes, never adapted the famous “Revenge Saga” (Jinchuu-Hen), with the clash between “Kenshin” and “Enishi”, which we can finally see in the future series by presenting itself as a new adaptation of the original work.