Rurouni Kenshin Trilogy Coming to U.S. Theaters

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

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The wait is finally over. The live-action Rurouni Kenshin movies are coming to theaters in the U.S. this fall. The first film originally premiered in Japan back in 2012, with the other two films following-up in 2014.

The films adapt Nobuhiro Watsuki’s manga up to the Shishio Makoto arc. Furthermore, the role of Kenshin is portrayed by Takeru Satoh, known previously for his role on Kamen Rider Den-O.

The release dates for the U.S. theatrical run are as follows:

Movie 1: Rurouni Kenshin: Origins | August 8 – 10

Movie 2: Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno | September 12 – 14

Movie 3:  Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends | October 3 – 5

Theater locations for the trilogy have not been announced yet, but Funimation did say that tickets would be available to buy soon.

In the meantime, they provided this synopsis:

In the wake of a brutal civil war, Kenshin Himura, once a feared killer, turns his back on bloodshed and vows to carry a reversed-edge blade for the rest of his days. But Kenshin soon finds that the world around him is greatly changed. Rapid modernization has given rise to new villains driven by power and greed—and from the shadows of the past, the famed assassin Makoto Shishio has returned to wreak havoc across Japan. Together, with the beautiful kendo instructor Kaoru and a colorful cast of allies, Kenshin embarks on a quest to protect the innocent from those that would do them harm. In a staggering display of swordplay and martial arts mastery, Kenshin will attempt to survive his promise to face his own blade—before spilling the blood of his enemies!

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About Tyler Trosper

Tyler Trosper graduated Ball State University with a major in Creative Writing and a minor in Professional Writing. Originally joining Operation Rainfall as an anime news writer, he also writes gaming news and dabbles in reviews. His one true love in life is Xenosaga, and he prays daily for a fourth game.




  • Paychi

    Oh shit! These were great movies. I might pay the $10 tickets for these.

  • Mr0303

    I remember not liking the anime much and I’m not sure how popular it is. The live action movies coming to the West is a pretty interesting turn of events.

  • Lord Ackercocke

    Anime is usually better than live action versions but since I haven’t seen either I will go see he 1st one and continue if I like it.

  • Razorfall

    This is surprising, because I didn’t think they were that great.