Rurouni Kenshin, also popularly known as Samurai X, is making a comeback on the big screen as well as on OTT platforms like Netflix with its final installments. For those who remember this masterpiece from the late 90s and the early 2000s on Animax and similar platforms, Samurai X is the journey of Himura Kenshin, formerly known as Hitokiri Battosai.
The Live-action films were preceded by an anime adaptation with the same name from 1996-1998, based on the best-selling manga by Nobuhiro Watsuki. “Rurouni Kenshin: The Final” will be the 4th movie cast in the live-action adaptation of favorite anime “Rurouni Kenshin.”
Rurouni Kenshin The Final|The Beginning Release Date
Rurouni Kenshin released in the theatres for the Japanese audience on April 23, 2021. Though the film is titled ‘the final’, the fifth and last installment of the live-action series is titled ‘Ruroni Kenshin: The Beginning’, which released in Japan on June 4, 2021. A story of fighting, romance, and redemption, Rurouni Kenshin is a must-watch as well as a must-read for loyal anime fans.
“Rurouni Kenshin: The Final” is soon ready to premiere on Netflix for its global audience. While announcing the Rurouni Kenshin The Final|The Beginning Release Date, Netflix shared a promotional teaser. The movie will drop on the platform on June 18.
Netflix has not revealed the release date of fifth installment titled, Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning that aired on 4th June in Japan.
For June, you can look forward to Seven Deadly Sins: Dragon’s Judgement airing on Netflix on 28th.
Rurouni Kenshin The Final Trailer
Streaming giant Netflix had shared a short 20 seconds video clip on 7th May. Catch a glimpse of the official trailer of the fourth installment here.
The Plot of Rurouni Kenshin till Movie 3
Himura Kenshin travels in the Meiji Period of Japan, haunted by ghosts from his past. He carries a reverse katana, his signature weapon. The story fallows his life after Kenshin gives up killing and searches for a peaceful life while wandering the Japanese Countryside. The film covered the plot of Shishio Makoto’s attack on Tokyo and his direct attack on the Japanese government, taking the prime minister hostage.
Hiko Seijuro, a master swordsman instructor decides to name his disciple Kenshin and train him in the arts of the sword. Kenshin, being the master assassin Battosai, realizes that with his oath to not kill and leave the life of the assassin away, he also lost his killer instinct and skill.
Kenshin learns he has been branded a wanted criminal and Shishio demands that he be captured and executed. After a stages execution, Kenshin escapes and duels Seta Soujiro again, winning this time. In his battle with Shishio, he emerges victorious with his newly learnt killer move – Amakakeru.
The ending of Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends sees Kenshin want to continue living in the Kamiya Kashin dojo with Kaoru, an instructor at the dojo, and Kenshin’s love interest.
Rurouni Kenshin The Final Spoilers
The Conclusion of the Ruroni Kenshin live-action movies is now coming to a close. After the assault on the government, the film focuses on the Jinchu arc of the manga series. As the third installment released in 2014, Rurouni Kenshin: The Final/The Beginning ends the story of Himura Kenshin. The main antagonist in the story is another ghost from the samurai’s past. Yukishiro Enishi, a dealer of weapons and the brother of Kenshin’s deceased first wife Tomoe, arrives for his revenge.
The mysterious Enishi was previously involved in manipulating Shishio. With excellent fighting choreography, ONE OK ROCK making a comeback with in the film’s music score, and an overall positive response from the audience, Himura Kenshin’s tale makes for a fantastic story to explore through the movies, the anime and the critically acclaimed manga.
The final installment of the series, titled ‘Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning’ explores the story of how the samurai got his famous scar. This ultimately also leads to more depth on his life with Tomoe.
The series has been acclaimed as one of the very rare live-action adaptations that have received a positive response from the audience that is loyal to the manga. Rurouni Kenshin:The Final will be addressing the Jinchu arc but will be deviating from the manga.
Is this a cause for concern? From what is known as of now, the author of the manga series has supported the change and has encouraged the team to explore this change. With previous disastrously adaptations like Attack on Titan, Netflix’s Death Note and Dragon Ball evolution to name a few, the Rurouni Kenshin Live Action series is a ray of hope.
Rurouni Kenshin: The Final Cast
The cast for the movie has remained consistent with its previous installments. The only change in casting is Riku Ōnishi as Myōjin Yahiko (previously played by Kaito Oyagi).
- Takeru Satoh as Himura Kenshin
- Emi Takei as Kamiya Kaoru
- Mackenyu Arata as Yukishiro Enishi
- Yōsuke Eguchi as Saitō Hajime
- Munetaka Aoki as Sagara Sanosuke
- Yū Aoi as Takani Megumi
- Yusuke Iseya as Shinomori Aoshi
- Riku Ōnishi as Myōjin Yahiko
- Tao Tsuchiya as Makimachi Misao
- Ryōsuke Miura as Sawagejō Chō
- Takuma Oto’o as Woo Heishin
- Shingo Tsurumi as Chief Uramura
- Takeo Nakahara as Maekawa Miyauchi
- Shinnosuke Abe as Kujiranami Hyōgo
- Shuntaro Yanagi as Otowa Hyōko
- Joey as Inui Tenmon
- Eiki Narita as Yatsume Mumyōi
- Ryūnosuke Kamiki as Seta Sōjirō
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