How Many Rurouni Kenshin Movies Are There?

Find out how many Rurouni Kenshin movies are in the franchise and in what order you should watch them.

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Introduction

Rurouni Kenshin is a Japanese franchise which consists of an anime series, two OVAs, three live-action films, light novels, video games, and other media. The first two live-action films were released in Japan in August and September 2012. The third and final film was released on September 13, 2014.

History

Rurouni Kenshin was originally a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Nobuhiro Watsuki. The story begins during the 11th year of the Meiji period in Japan and follows a former assassin from the Bakumatsu, known as “Hitokiri Battousai”. The manga revolves around him learning to live his life as a wandering swordsman during a time when killing was outlawed and samurai were no longer needed. The manga was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump from April 1994 to September 1999. The individual chapters were collected and published into 28 tankōbon volumes by Shueisha.

The series was adapted into an anime television series produced by Studio Deen and broadcast on Fuji TV from January 10, 1996 to September 8, 1998. In addition to the anime series, there are three animated feature films, an Original video animation (OVA) series and two live-action films.

The Movies

There are a total of three Rurouni Kenshin movies. The first movie, titled Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, was released in 2014. The second movie, titled Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, was released in 2015. The third and final movie in the trilogy, titled Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning, was released in 2016.

The Characters

The story of Rurouni Kenshin is set during the Meiji period in Japan and follows the life of a former assassin named Kenshin Himura. After the Meiji Restoration, Kenshin wanders the countryside of Japan with a reverse-edged sword vowing never to take another life. He eventually arrives in Tokyo where he meets a young woman named Kaoru Kamiya. Kaoru runs a kendo dojo out of her family’s home, but it is not doing well since many people are afraid of practicing kendo because it was used extensively in sword fighting during the Bakumatsu (the time period just before the Meiji Restoration). Kenshin decides to stay at the dojo and help Kaoru protect it from those who would do it harm.

Throughout the series, Kenshin has many adventures and meets a cast of colorful characters, including:

-Sanosuke Sagara: A former member of the Sekihotai, a group of rebel fighters who opposed the Tokugawa shogunate during the Bakumatsu. He is rough around the edges and often gets into trouble, but he is fiercely loyal to his friends and always ready for a fight.

-Megumi Takani: A doctor who was forced to make and sell deadly drugs during the Bakumatsu. She is kind-hearted and always willing to help others, but she also has a dark past that she tries to keep hidden.

-Soujiro Seta: A young swordsman who befriends Kenshin while they are both traveling. He is an expert swordsman with incredible speed and reflexes, but he lacks experience in actual combat.

The Plot

The series begins during the 11th year of the Meiji period in Japan and follows Himura Kenshin, a wandering swordsman who has pledged to protect the people of Japan. Kenshin wanders the countryside of Japan with a reverse-edged sword during the transition of the samurai to the Meiji Era. He then meets a young woman named Kamiya Kaoru, who is living on her own and running a kendo dojo. After Kenshin helps her repel some attackers, he decides to stay at her dojo to protect her from further danger.

The Music

The third and final Rurouni Kenshin movie, entitled The Legend Ends, was released on September 13, 2014 in Japan. It is a live action adaptation of the popular manga and anime series of the same name, and like the previous two movies, it has been met with critical acclaim. However, unlike the first two movies, which were both adapted from the early part of the story arc, The Legend Ends adapts the latter part of the story arc.

The Legacy

There are a total of three Rurouni Kenshin movies. The first movie, simply titled “Rurouni Kenshin”, was released in 1996 and adapts the beginning of the manga up until the fight with Shishio Makoto. The second movie, “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno”, was released in 1997 and adapts from that point up to the end of the manga. The third movie, “Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends”, was released in 1998 and adapts the final arc of the manga.

Conclusion

There are a total of 3 Rurouni Kenshin movies.

References

There are four Rurouni Kenshin movies. They are based on the popular manga and anime series of the same name. The movies were released in Japan in 1997, 1999, 2001, and 2003.

Further Reading

Rurouni Kenshin was originally a manga series written and illustrated by Nobuhiro Watsuki. The story is set during the Meiji period in Japan and follows a former assassin known as Hitokiri Battousai who becomes a wanderer to make up for the deaths he caused as an assassin. The manga was adapted into an anime series which aired from 1996 to 1998. There are also three Rurouni Kenshin movies, all of which were released in Japan.

The first Rurouni Kenshin movie, titled Rurouni Kenshin: Origins, was released in 2012. The second movie, titled Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, was released in 2014. The third and final movie in the trilogy, titled Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, was released in 2016.

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