One of my favorite movies in recent years happens to be an adaptation of one of my favorite mangas, and I was probably a very good girl all year because my early present in 2014 is two back-to-back movie sequels slated for a Summer release. The live-action movie of Rurouni Kenshin was both a critical and box office success and I couldn’t be happier since a butchering in adapting this story to a live action format would have left me bereft. The first movie was just called Rurouni Kenshin and dealt with the first story line in the manga, but the sequels will cover the remaining two major arcs and complete the movie as a trilogy. The first one to drop in early Summer of 2014 will be Rurouni Kenshin: The Great Kyoto Fire Arc (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen) followed by Rurouni Kenshin: The End of a Legend Arc (Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen). The final movie is what the manga fans are familiar with as the Jinchu arc. The awesome director of the first movie Otomo Keishi will be returning to helm both sequels along with indispensable main cast members Sato Takeru as the perfect titular Himura Kenshin, the serviceable Takei Emi as his love interest Kamiya Kaoru, Aoi Yuu as the lovely and resilient Takani Megumi and Eguchi Yosuke as Saito Hajime. The new big name actors to join this franchise are Fujiwara Tatsuya as the villain of the first sequel Makoto Shishio, a former assassin like Kenshin with burns over his entire body and aims to take over Japan after suffering at the hands of serving the government masters. Additional nemesis include Iseya Yusuke taking on the character of Shinomori Aoshi while baby-faced Kamiki Ryunosuke will be Seta Soujirou. I’m still in a state of euphoric bliss anytime I think about the first RK movie not to mention the utter joy of watching Kenshin beautifully brought to life by Sato Takeru. To think that I get another 4 hours worth of this amazing story with a top-notch cast and director is happiness that must be shared. Have the first teaser preview for the first sequel The Great Kyoto Fire Arc and be prepared to gasp.