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Rurouni Kenshin - Tokuhitsuban  
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To celebrate the upcoming live action movie, Nobuhiro Watsuki reinvents the classic Rurouni Kenshin manga with all-new twists and turns.

Action, romance, and historical intrigue abound in Rurouni Kenshin, the tale of a wandering swordsman during Japan's chaotic Meiji Restoration. Join Kenshin, Kaoru, Yahiko, and others as they take up their swords once again!


Related Series
Rurouni Kenshin (Alternate Story)

Associated Names
Rurouni Kenshin - Cinema Edition
Rurouni Kenshin - Cinema-ban
Rurouni Kenshin - Kinema Ban
Rurouni Kenshin - Kinema Han
Rurouni Kenshin - Kinema-bon
Rurouni Kenshin - Restoration

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Latest Release(s)
c.2 by MangaCanyon over 6 years ago
v.1 c.1 by MangaCanyon over 6 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (Complete)
10 Chapters (Complete) + Act 0

Completely Scanlated?

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User Rating
Average: 7.1 / 10.0 (71 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.95 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 24th 2018, 1:21am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Jump SQ (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (2 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #688 increased(+34)
Monthly Pos #1343 increased(+183)
3 Month Pos #2225 increased(+444)
6 Month Pos #3285 increased(+745)
Year Pos #4155 increased(+1357)

List Stats
On 476 reading lists
On 234 wish lists
On 101 completed lists
On 25 unfinished lists
On 107 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration to End over 5 years ago
Uses more style from Busuo Renkin than with the original over 6 years ago

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Wasn't going to buy it, but...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by sagesmith
August 4th, 2013, 4:20pm
...Only two volumes? Wow that ended really quickly! You can't even get any decent fight scenes in two volumes (which is why I'm such a huge fan of Rurouni Kenshin!) But it's a classic, and I own all the other volumes, so why not? That's pretty much the only reason why I'm going to get them. Otherwise I don't understand why (for the movie, sure, but really?) Haven't read it yet, but I'm sure it'll be good, or at least reminiscent of good times.
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An OK remake but why?   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
December 8th, 2012, 2:24pm
The original is a classic and needs no words. This "movie tie-in" on the other hand is pointless but it still looks very good. So who knows maybe it will get better in the future but i don´t think so and i would have prefered if this "remake" would not have been made at all. Surprising enough the new ova wasn´t that great either BUT the live-action movies for which i had no expectations whatsoever turned out to be masterpieces. Weird. Please watch them instead. I just hope Embalming (8,5/10) get´s continued soon.
Update: I finished the series and it remained pointless till the end. The only great thing about this cashgrab is the clean art. The new and in continuety Rurouni Kenshin - Master of Flame is a 9/10 so read that instead.

... Last updated on May 5th, 2015, 3:31am
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Hmm, probably a bit pointless.   
Rating: N/A
by Pebble_
June 1st, 2012, 10:46am
I liked the original series, so to see the whole thing differently rewritten, even though the author still creates great characters and great situations, is kinda blasphemous.
Granted it could lead to an interesting 'reboot', and granted some things are good (like Kaoru being more active), but still I would rather the author had created an awesome new original series, instead of rewriting one that is already a classic.
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For fans   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by redisu
May 16th, 2012, 4:47pm
This is just for entertainment and for fans of Rurouni Kenshin. Reviews and analyzes are unnecessary. I'm a fan of this series and any extra work by Nobuhiro Watsuki with respect to the Rurouni Kenshin is already perfect for me. This manga is not for you "to analyze", but for fun, repeating what I said, it's a work dedicated to the fans.

Now if you don't know Rurouni Kenshin, find the original serie and then read this.
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Terribly conceived movie tie-in.   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by mewarmo990
May 15th, 2012, 11:36pm
This reboot takes all of the historical drama, character development, and believability of the original series (all relatively speaking, it was a shounen battle series after all) and condenses it into a contrived plot that's obviously written as a movie tie-in.

A few of the problems include:
* a businessman wielding a portable gatling gun. What is this, Predator in the 19th century?
* nearly every antagonist from the manga series, who appear gradually over several years, are collectively introduced as as "underworld mercenaries" hired by Takeda
* Kenshin's characterization and development has been abridged for the sake of his imminent movie debut. Previously he would have gone to great lengths to avoid excessive violence and slipping into his assassin persona. And if he did, it would be thanks to egregious loss of life. In this case, he gets mad, slaps the bad guys' shit and announces everything about himself, and everything is A-OK in the end.

The only upside to this is that it features some updated character designs that are more in line with Watsuki's art style, as it's come a long way since 1994. But otherwise, I was happy to see Ruroken retired for good, as Watsuki's magnum opus. I'll be happy to watch the Kyoto arc re-animated again on video, but this tie-in just cheapens the whole experience.

... Last updated on May 15th, 2012, 11:40pm
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by scarredswordheart
May 15th, 2012, 8:56am
I like that Kaoru seems to take a more active role in this story, actually wielding her bokken and fighting (however ineffective she might be). I hope she will fight at Kenshin's side instead of waiting quietly at the dojo.

I also like that Kenshin wears the scarf now, like in the OVA. That's a cool touch.

Hope for more good stuff to come.
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the return of a classic   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by cobalt_rain
May 13th, 2012, 11:00pm
so the origional is one of my favorite manga of all time, with kenshin and kaoru being my most favorite couple.

i was so surprised when i ran into this on the internet space, the story is different and the character designs are fresh. i am asuming this follows the plot of the live action movie or something, i'm not sure. but no matter what it is exciting to see my "old friends again"

i don't know what the plan is here, but i'm definitly keeping my eye on this!
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