Himura Kenshin returns in two sequels set for release in Japan in 2014.
Yeah that was intended to be grammatically confusing. I guess I cannot be witty or original with titles right now as I am still cartwheeling with joy from the announcement that my favorite scarred samurai is coming back for not one, but TWO confirmed sequels!!
(short pause for fan boy and fan girl high fives)
As reported by , Japanese magazine JUMP SQUARE announced that director KEISHI OTOMO will return to helm two upcoming movies- Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: The Great Kyoto Fire Arc) and Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: The End of a Legend Arc). TAKERU SATO will be reprising the titular role of KENSHIN HIMURA, with TATSUYA FUJIWARA (popular as LIGHT YAGAMI to fans of the Death Note live action films) and SHUYA NANAHARA of Battle Royale fame playing the role of Kenshin's greatest nemesis ever, SHISHIO MAKOTO.
I'm going to take a calculated guess that fans of the manga and the series could only hope for nothing else than the Shishio arc to come alive in amovie. The first film has quieted our qualms of a shaky, corny rendition of the cult hit. So by now I think we are all just on the edge of our seats to see the Kyoto plot played out (very much condensed!) on the silver screen. As for the third sequel, I am crossing my fingers this is the SHINICHI arc. If yes, then 2014 is going to be one epic year.
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