One woah momma isn’t enough for the just released official movie trailer for this Summer’s epic two-part sequel to the blockbuster and critically well-reviewed Rurouni Kenshin movie. It was a no-brainer for the studio to green light a sequel almost immediately after the movie opened to stellar reception both domestically in Japan as wells as overseas. What was unexpected was the studio deciding to film two sequels back-to-back so the cast would be reassembled for only one extra long filming schedule. This can’t be done unless there was existing source material to warrant two consecutive sequels, and of course that is the case with Rurouni Kenshin which is a movie based on an award winning shonen manga by Watsuki Nobuhiro. The manga was actually divided neatly into three-arcs already so the movie structure had an easy pre-set format to follow, with the second movie being the Kyoto arc (the movie calling it Kyoto Inferno) and the third being being the Jinchu Arc (the movie calling it Last of the Legend).
The official trailers were released by the studio already equipped with multiple subtitle versions, clearly aware of the overseas appetite for this movie. It looks as good as the first movie looked in its trailers, and this time around Sato Takeru returns as Kenshin with more burnt out fire in him as well as a built up romantic connection with Takei Emi as leading lady Kaoru. The full cast consists of returning Aoi Yuu as the lovely and resilient Takani Megumi and Eguchi Yosuke as Saito Hajime, along with new additions Fujiwara Tatsuya as the villain of Kyoto arc Makoto Shishio, a former assassin like Kenshin with burns over his entire body who is plotting a violent overthrow of the Meiji government for its betrayal of the assassins, Iseya Yusuke as Shinomori Aoshi, and baby-faced Kamiki Ryunosuke will be Seta Soujirou.The second movie drops at the beginning of August with the third movie released a month later in September. Eeeps I’m so excited. Rurouni Kenshin is one of the best shonen mangas I’ve read and seeing it so reverently and expertly brought to live-action life is such a dream come true.
Trailers for Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (English-subbed):