fans Rurouni Kenshin the first-ever adaptation can now be viewed live on Netflix, making it the third addition to the platform’s collection. Kenshin movies. This belated release raises questions about when the rest of the series will be added.
Back in 2016, Funimation acquired Rurouni Kenshin films that at the time were a trilogy. They even brought the movies to US theaters in limited editions and released them on Blu-ray, and while physical releases can still be found online, Netflix is also slowly bringing movies to its platform.
The first film released in 2012, titled “originsin the west was an adaptation of Nobuhiro Watsuki’s manga of the same name about a wandering ronin who vowed never to kill again as retribution for his assassin past. Kenshin’s origin story and introduce a wide variety of characters from the series.
Here’s the synopsis for the original movie, according to Netflix.
In 1868, after the end of the Bakumatsu war, former assassin Kenshin Himura crosses Japan with a reversed sword to protect the needy without killing.
Rurouni Kenshin Directed by Warner Bros. Japan is Keishi Otomo, which stars Takeru Sato as Himura Kenshin, Emi Takei as Kaoru Kamiya, and Munetaka Aoki as Sagara Sanosuke, among others. It is considered one of the best live-action anime adaptations. The first film was followed by two sequels in 2014. Kyoto Inferno as well as The legend ends.
In 2021, Netflix introduced the latest live action movies. Kenshin movies, The final as well as Startto the platform and Only those. This meant that the original trilogy that provided the basis for such compelling film projects was missing. A strange decision indeed, but with the addition of the first movie, it looks like audiences are getting closer to having the entire series available for streaming.
As the titles suggest, “Endgame” is the culmination of all the films leading up to this moment, with the final battle against the villain from Kenshin’s past forcing him to gather all his allies to save Japan. Surprisingly, the latest film released is Inception, which goes back to Kenshin’s time as an assassin and adapts the story “Trust and Betrayal”, which is considered one of the best in the series. The animated OVA of this arc is one of the most respected OVAs in anime.
It can be speculated that Funimation’s exclusive streaming rights could be exhausted, allowing Netflix to also take part in the promotion. There are no signs Kenshin leaving Funimation at the time of writing, but the company has been known to lose rights to certain franchises over time. Funimation’s Crunchyroll acquisition has left many questions up in the air.
The Funimation store page directs visitors directly to the Crunchyroll store page, which only has the third movie available at the time of writing. The rest of the films are available through Amazon, but for how long is unknown. Whether Crunchyroll will resume film acquisitions or not is too early to tell. It is likely that Netflix will buy the rights and complete the collection on its platform.
Like now, viewers looking to watch movies on Netflix won’t have the full picture, but having an introductory movie is better than nothing at all. Without the second and third films, numerous secondary characters are missing to have a big impact on the plot, a big sacrifice in a series with such a colorful cast of characters.
Rurouni Kenshin available for streaming on Netflix, in addition to the last two films, TThe final as well as Start.
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