I was a measly eleven-year-old girl when I first watched Rurouni Kenshin – my first major fandom. Eight years later I still think it’s one of the best anime/manga series ever, so I was extremely hyped when I came across this news in ANN. I’m not getting my hopes up about the live-action adaptation (not a fan of LA), but I’m okay with Sato Takeru playing Kenshin. He’s definitely got the scrawny, vertically-challenged look going for him, and I can see the Oros coming out of his mouth already. (Would it hurt to ask for Miura Haruma as Sanosuke? Teehee.)
But it’s the plan for the new anime that is currently causing my old fangirl heart to go on overdrive. The studios deprived us of the Jinchuu arc, and then tried to make up for it by giving us the godawful trainwreck known as the Seisou Hen OVA, which completely mindfucked every RuroKen fan who watched it. Even Watsuki-sensei. Seriously.
Okay, so yes, I did spend several hours of my life crying and moping around because of that stupid OVA, but not because it was so touching, but because it was so damn pathetic. It ruined every single thing the canon work tried so hard to build. It was one big bitchslap from the studios saying “Kay fantards, the two of them died from a SEXUALLY-TRANSMITTED DISEASE already, now go DIAF and stop bugging us for Jinchuu.” Ouch.
However, it turns out there really must be an anime-resurrection god watching over us (FMA Brotherhood fans will agree), because he/she/it gave us – tada! – Aniplex. The studio in charge of the new series.
That said, I still feel a bit fidgety about this new production. Nobody’s sure what it really is. Will they do a total reboot, or just animate the Jinchuu arc? Or, God forbid, just a one-episode special based on Haru ni Sakura?
A reboot will definitely earn RuroKen new (younger!) audiences, but I don’t really care what they do, as long as I can have my animated Jinchuu arc. That, and destroy all traces of the Seisou Hen OVA from the face of this planet, so I can finally die a happy fangirl death.