Trailer for Live-Action Japanese Adaptation of Manga/Anime RUROUNI KENSHIN

     December 16, 2011


In high school I developed an interest in anime.  I didn’t travel the country going to conventions or buy a Sailor Moon costume, but some of the series were fun and interesting (anime is like any fan-genre: the movies and TV shows may be great, but the fandom can get on your nerves).  My favorite series was Rurouni Kenshin (also known as “Samurai X” in the US).  It’s an incredibly simple yet enjoyable premise: a ronin with a bloody past tries to find peace living with a local kendo instructor, an orphaned boy, and a cavalier ex-soldier.  There are colorful characters and creative action scenes, and I can understand why it’s been adapted in a live-action Japanese film (I’m actually surprised it took this long).  The trailer has gone online and it looks like a faithful and fun flick.  Between this and Takashi Miike’s Phoenix Wright, it may be time to cue my gigantic-eyed enthusiasm.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film opens in Japan on August 25, 2012.

Via Topless Robot.


  • I cry u smile

    I love the manga and the anime beside from the last season but this looks terrible :/

    • Jason

      No, it doesn’t look terrible. It’s a teaser so there’s not enough footage to go by so your comment doesn’t even make any sense.

  • Jason

    if you don’t know about anime don’t pretend you do. You gave yourself away by claiming that the series is “also known as Samurai X in the US”. It isn’t. The TV series was released a s “Rurouni Kenshin” in the US.

    The subsequent OVA series were released as both “Samurai X” and “Rurouni Kenshin” and now those OVA series are just released as “Rurouni Kenshin”.

    So no, it isn’t “also known as Samurai X in the US”.

    Thanks for the heads up on the teaser though.

    • feralknights

      Actually, it is. As the story goes, Sony decided to change the name before ADV purchased the rights to the RK OVAs and part of the change of hands included that the title had to remain “Samurai X” in the USA. The DVDs were shipped under both the “Samurai X” and “Rurouni Kenshin” brand with both titles on their boxes, the former on the front and the latter in the back.

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  • John

    Rurouni Kenshin was one of my favorite manga. I wonder if it will have the humor the manga had?

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  • !_!

    wow this is garbage. they make garbage like this but they dont try to adapt epic stuff like jojos bizarre adventure?

    • Anon

      >epic stuff
      >jojo’s shit

      Whatever you say, brah.

      • /a/nonymous


        pick one.

        I mean, sure Kenshin is pretty good, but if you’re any representation, it’s fanbase consists of retards of the worst possible caliber. enjoy being scum.

      • anop

        >epic RK
        >shit jojo

        pick one. if you pick jojo, you’re most likely trash with trashy tastes. words from tasteless trash such as yourself, holds no weight.

        enjoy being tasteless trash.

  • Christina

    Excuse me, but how is this “shit” or garbage? Seriously? This looks like a decent and enjoyable adaptation from where I’m sitting. Decent fight scenes, a well chosen cast, good sets and locations, and it is appropriately being made in Japan with a Japanese cast.

    Sure, you can think it doesn’t look good, but how about sharing some actual critique rather than just flat “this looks like shit” statements.

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  • MAY

    I am so excited… can’t wait!!! :D

  • rickythekid

    This actually looks promising. I’ve seen Warner Bros. Japan do an excellent film adaptation of Death Note. But I think this movie adaptation will cover only a backstory, the first encounter with Sanosuke, Jinei, and Saitou.

    I’d like to see Aoshi, the Oniwaban (Oni Gang), and Shishio, but packing in too many characters might ruin the plot. Perhaps that will be reserved for a sequel. ;)

  • cmr06

    I’m glad it didn’t take that long for it to get a live action adaptation. The anime and manga were really great, so was the music, it made me love L’arc en ciel. Those last movies, I hate it the design, but they told how it ended it. So it surprised me that it was being made into live action, because to me it’s one of those childhood or teen memories that you don’t want to be touched. I found this trailer really good, that I almost didn’t recognize Takei Emi.

    I’m really excited to see it no matter how it turns out. I’ll happily see it just like the Ranma 1/2 live action, too :D

  • valforwing

    the trailer looks epic

    I wonder if when they bring it over here will it be dubbed by the english cast from the anime?

    even if it’s just in subtitles it’s still great.

    Rurouni Kenshin is what inspired me to learn more about my Japanese heritage and I love reading up on stories set in the Bakumatsu.

    I wonder if they will keep the Oro!

    If the movie is playing through the storyline why not have the final climax as the fight with Jin-e?!

    “this one would like some popcorn please”

  • ClasherCross

    That was really amazing. Being a fan for its anime season. But the main cast does not look Keshin Himura actullay.

  • Nana

    I like Rurouni Kenshin, but I believe this movie won’t be good. Just watching the trailer it does not appeal to me. The manga and anime are much more appealing.

    • Nana

      Still going to watch it though. I’ll see if it changes my mind once I see the whole movie. Hopefully it does.

  • RuroKen

    This. Looks. Awesome! A live-action movie of Rurouni Kenshin… <3 But I SWEAR, if they MESS THIS UP……beware fans' wrath……

    Anyway, the trailer is really cool. The fight scenes seem pretty dang epic, and hopefully they'll let Kenshin keep his "Oro?" I was a bit disappointed that the English dubbed anime didn't keep it (although I understand why), and I hope they'll dub the movie soon too!

    Can't wait to see it!

  • mirai

    at least this look much more better than tekken live action and dragon ball evolution… -.-

  • Jinchengfan

    Whether this is shit or epic is all within the confines of ones’ individual preferences. I’m not a huge anime fan, but I do enjoy “samurai/fighting” movies…IF they are made right. This movie appears (based on the footage I have seen) to be OK with me. I may watch it and then say ‘What a piece of shit’ but until that happens, I leave the ‘absolute judgements’ to those who think they have the right to judge others.

  • jlstrunks

    amakakeru ryo no hirameki!!! they better do this right… awesomeness

  • Legasy

    This should be awesome. The fact of the matter is that the Japanese are creating it. That guarantees that it will be a good adaptation.

  • SESShoumaru_Inugami

    Thought i have to be the best programmer and built my own production to produced this anime (-_-) but then, as i see that Japan is going to make it i feel so relief = ) THANK GOD IT IS NOT MADE BY THE WHITE PEOPLE THAT WILL ACTUALLY TURN KENSHIN INTO MONKEY .seriously, i want to watch it and hope they done their best to adapt the masterpiece into live-action. BUT PLEASE, IF YOU WANT TO MAKE INUYASHA LIVE ACTION, PLEASE MAKE IT WITH TECHNOLOGY, I DONT WANT A CRAP SUCH AS RANMA HALF. I ALREADY CRYING AS THE MOVIE IS NOT INTERESTING AS IT SHOULD HAVE!!

  • Ada

    i saw 2 trailers and really like it , i think it’s really good ..
    the costumes , the action scenes and the story ,,,,,, just perfect ^__^

  • rmm

    Does anyone know when it will be coming out in the US?


      no, but i think it will come out in japan in the 31 of october.

  • Nagi

    Kenshin looks great, I was a little weary because of what happened with the Guyver and some of the other anime to live action. I was impressed at how well it looks and I was following the stories about the live action Kenshin possibilities since 2005.

    With that in mind, I’m going to see this movie, I’m hoping at least that it will be successful

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  • john

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and no one should be persecuted just because some people do not like what they say. This comment board is free for everyone to write on. So please don’t lambast people just because you don’t like what they say.