After being released in theaters last year to critical acclaim, the live-action adaptation of Nobuhiko Watsuki's epic samurai Manga/ Anime Rurouni Kenshin is getting not one, but TWO sequels next year, and will see Takeru Satoh returning as the wandering samurai turned protector.
Known as "Samurai X" to western and international audiences, the new movies won't be out until the beginning of summer 2014. However, the first screenshot from the second film has finally come online, and courtesy of the RK (Samurai X) Facebook page and the Takeru Satoh blog!
It's Himura Kenshin walking inside the Kamiya Dojo. Is he expecting a fight to happen, or is something else going on? For sure, there's more action to be had now that a certain enemy of his to inherit the title of "Hitokiri Battousai" after his retirement is coming.
With Tatsuya Fujiwara of "Death Note" fame cast as "Shishio Makoto", the new sequels will be entitled "Rurouni Kenshin: The Great Kyoto Fire Arc" and "Rurouni Kenshin: The End of a Legend Arc". Many Kenshin fans got a taste of what a live action version of their favorite Rurouni warrior could do... And it'll definitely be more intense come the new films next year.
No official release date has been given for the sequels, but expect Rurouni Kenshin to blast into Japanese theaters first in Summer 2014, then get released internationally soon afterward.