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The films in the series were released as follows: Rurouni Kenshin Origins (2012), Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (2014), Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (2014), Rurouni Kenshin: The Final (2021), and Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning (2021).

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The film, which is once again helmed by director Keishi Otomo, follows lead character Kenshin Himura (Takeru Satoh) in his early days as an assassin of the Choshu clan, and their fight to bring down the Tokugawa shogunate.

Otomo's adaptation of Nobuhiro Watsuki's classic manga series consists of five films: Rurouni Kenshin, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, Rurouni Kenshin: The Final, and Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning.

The film also directly links to The Final, which centers on Kenshin's fight with Tomoe's brother Enishi after he returns to Japan following a decade in China, where he was preparing to get his revenge on Kenshin for his sister's death.

Despite originally being published in Shonen Jump between 1994 and 1999, Watsuki's iconic manga has never been fully adapted for the big screen until the live-action films, as the anime adaptation ended in 1998 before the creator had finished writing the story.

The manga has since been adapted into a 95-episode TV anime series, an anime film, three original video anime projects, five live-action films, and a stage musical by the all-female musical theater troupe Takarazuka Revue.

[Takeru Satoh Profile]Japanese actor. In 2007, drew attention in his lead actor debut on the drama Kamen Rider Den-O. Appeared in TV dramas Rookies (2008), Bloody Monday (2008), Mei-chan no Shitsuji (2009) and Ryomaden (2010) and the film Beck (2010). In 2011, received the Élan d'Or Award for Newcomer of the Year. Appeared in notable productions the following year, including Rurouni Kenshin (2012) and a stage production of Romeo and Juliet (2012). Starring in two-part series Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno/The Legend Ends, to be released summer 2014.

Fans of Rurouni Kenshin can now watch the first-ever live-action adaptation on Netflix, making this the third addition to the platform's collection of Kenshin films. This belated release begs questions about when the remaining films in the series will get added.

Back in 2016, Funimation acquired the live-action Rurouni Kenshin films which were a trilogy at that time. They even brought the films to US theaters for limited runs and released them on Blu-ray and while the physical releases can still be found online, Netflix is slowly bringing the films to their platform as well.

The first film, released in 2012, titled "Origins" in the west, was an adaptation of Nobuhiro Watsuki's manga of the same name, about a wandering ronin who vowed never to kill again as recompense for their assassin past. The film is a culmination of multiple arcs from the manga's beginnings, combined to tell the origin story of Kenshin and introduce the wide cast of characters from the series.

The Rurouni Kenshin live-action series from Warner Bros. Japan is directed by Keishi Ohtomo and stars Takeru Satoh as Himura Kenshin, Emi Takei as Kaoru Kamiya, and Munetaka Aoki as Sagara Sanosuke, among others. It's regarded as one of the best anime-to-live-action film adaptations. The first film was followed by two sequels in 2014, Kyoto Inferno and The Legend Ends.

In 2021, Netflix brought the newest live-action Kenshin films, The Final and The Beginning, to the platform and only those. This meant that the original trilogy that set up such conclusive film projects was missing. A peculiar decision indeed, but with the addition of the first film, it's looking like audiences are getting closer to the full series being available for streaming.

As the titles suggest, The Final is the culmination of all the films leading up to that point, with a final confrontation against a villain from Kenshin's past, forcing him to bring together all his allies to save Japan. Fascinatingly enough, the last film to be released is "The Beginning" which goes back to Kenshin's days as an assassin and adapts the "Trust and Betrayal" story thought to be one of the best in the series. The animated OVA of that arc is one of the most highly regarded OVAs in anime.

Funimation's store page directs visitors straight to Crunchyroll's store page, which only has the third film available as of the time of writing. The other films are available through Amazon, but for how much longer is unknown. Whether Crunchyroll renews the acquisition of the films or not, it's too early to tell. It's just as likely Netflix will snatch up the rights and complete the collection on their platform.

As it is now, viewers curious to check out the films on Netflix won't have the full picture, but having the introductory film is better than nothing at all. Without the second and third films, numerous side characters that have a big impact on the plot are absent, a big sacrifice in a series with such a colorful cast of characters.

There was a revival of the franchise in the form of a new PSP game, and a series of Japanese-produced live-action movies. The first one, entitled simply Rurouni Kenshin, was received with critical acclaim in 2012 and was distributed worldwide. Sequels immediately followed: Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno and Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends adapted the Kyoto arc, and were released in 2014, to large critical and commercial acclaim all over Asia. Additionally, two more films, Rurouni Kenshin: The Final and Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning, covering the Jinchū and Tsuiokuhen arcs, arrived in 2021.

The 2012 live-action film opens during one of the major conflicts of the Boshin War, the Battle of Toba-Fushimi, a fight where swordsmen clashed with soldiers wielding modern rifles. Honestly, this first movie has some of the best fight scenes to come out of any live-action anime adaptation, while its sequels build upon this success with spectacular battles.

The cinematography of the live-action films is masterful. In particular, during the action sequences, the cameras switch between tight short close-ups that showcase specialized martial arts techniques and longer sweeping camera movements that show the scope of a battle as multiple combatants engage one another. This smart camerawork recreates the effects of what stylized animation does in the animated version.

Back in 2012, Japan released the first in a trilogy of live-action Rurouni Kenshin movies, an adaptation of the 28 volume manga series written by Nobuhiro Watsuki. The series is about Kenshin Himura, a former assassin who was known as the infamous Hitokiri Battosai (or Battosai the Man-Slayer) at the start of the Meiji period of Japan. After the wars are over, he devotes himself to wandering and protecting people, hoping to atone for all the blood he spilled while trying to bring about a better future for Japan. Along the way he meets Kamiya Kaoru, a swordswoman in charge of the Kamiya Dojo, as well as other friends who eventually convince him to stop being a wanderer. This reboot of Kenshin's story doesn't cover all of the material in the original series, but serves as a tie-in to the first film. That means that while some of the story is different and Kenshin is portrayed a little younger, we still see Kaoru confront the corrupt merchant Takeda Kanryu, and end with Kenshin having to take on another former assassin known as Udo Jin-E. It is in this climactic fight, present in the films, manga, and anime, that Kenshin has to make a choice: keep to his code and not kill Jin-E with his reverse-blade sword, or once again drown himself in a pool of blood in order to save the captured Kaoru.

See Kenshin in a new light with more of his feelings and emotions presented in this reboot, but still keeping the awesome action and speed of his deadly Hiten Mitsurugi fighting style, and read some of the author's thoughts on the film and reboot spread throughout the second volume! Whether your an old fan or a new fan of Rurouni Kenshin, you'll want to give this reboot a read!

The Good: This is the order the films were made and released in (though technically The Final and The Beginning were filmed at the same time). Therefore, this is the order the studio expects you to watch the films in. The best aspect of this order is that finishing with The Beginning ends things on a high note, as it is the best film in the series.

He is voiced by Richard Cansino in the English version. Whereas he is voiced by Megumi Ogata in the Drama CDs, and by Mayo Suzukaze and currently Soma Saito in the Japanese version of the anime. He is portrayed by Takeru Satoh in the five part live action film series and voiced by Micah Solusod in the English dub of the five part live action film series.

The rest of the cast was also phenomenal. Kanryu was just as irritating in the series and the role was played with such conviction you forget the actor whom is lost in the character. Sanosuke and Megumi were also well acted, despite having smaller roles in the film, but still added believability. Yahiko was also really accurate, despite having limited screen time.

Without getting to deep into the characters, the film characterizes them well. You could tell their motivations, strengths, dreams and aspirations for each one. Even the minor ones. Banjin and Gein are both samurai who begrudge Kenshin for changing their way of life, Kanryu is drunk on power and wealth and treats life like a commodity who desires to create an empire. Jine wants a death match and fight a warriors death which he was denied 10 years prior. Their motivations are clear and simple.

Despite being extremely cringe-inducing at times, Rurouni Kenshin is a passable film compared to other anime-adaptation disasters. Not a fan of the series, but I do appreciate this one. Expect super comical villains, CGI blood, epic but poorly-timed soundtrack, well choreographed fight scenes, and an actor who's face is way too pretty to play a veteran samurai. Still cool though!


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