Rurouni Kenshin Ibun: Ashitarou Zenka Ari Manga Spinoff Announced

Rurouni Kenshin Ibun: Ashitarou Zenka Ari Manga Spinoff AnnouncedShueisha’s Jump Square announced that Nobuhiro Watsuki, the original creator of Rurouni Kenshin, will release a new spinoff manga. This time, the mangaka’s wife Kaoru Kurosaki will also help in creating the two-chapter story entitled Rurouni Kenshin Ibun: Ashitarou Zenka Ari (roughly translated into Rurouni Kenshin Variant Story: The Criminal Ashitarou).

The story will be divided in two with the first one coming up this 4th November in Jump Square’s December issue (as with most other magazines, this one comes out in the previous month, so it covers the one it’s named after). The chapter will also include a full-colour centre page.

The last manga from the Kenshin universe was called Honou wo Suberu -Rurouni Kenshin: Uramaku- and came out in 2014. It told us more about the way Shishio Makoto and Yumi Komagata met.

About Rurouni Kenshin: the original manga Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji KKenkaku Romantan was released in 1994 and continued on to its final chapter released on 21st September 1999. The story revolves around the Hitokiri Battousai, the deadliest warrior from the Bakumatsu clashes. After his time as a bloodthirsty and feared man, Battousai changes his ways, as did many famous samurai from the actual Japanese history (Musashi). He gave a promise never to use a blade again, and although he does carry a katana, his blade is not to be used (similarly does the later-released Sakata Gintoki from Gintama). Having given up his life as a dangerous man, there is no need to use the same name, so he changes into Kenshin Himura. The “romantan” comes when he meets the young, charming, and quite able female heir to a small dojo – Kamiya Kaoru. Love from first sight? Why not.

Source: Jump Square

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4 thoughts on “Rurouni Kenshin Ibun: Ashitarou Zenka Ari Manga Spinoff Announced

  1. I know this is a classic story, but…didn’t we have enough already? I mean, this has been told and re-told from so many angles, it has long since lost its idea.

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