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Rurouni Kenshin Anime 2nd Cour Ending And Opening Artists Revealed

The songs will premiere with the anime’s second cour

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On Sunday, the Aniplex Online Fest 2023 was held, where the theme songs for the anime adaptation of Nobuhiro Watsuki’s Rurouni Kenshin manga were revealed.

Masaki Suda x Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra are performing the new opening theme song “Rurou no Katashiro”.

And, Kid Phenomenon is performing the new ending theme song “Sonzai Shomei” (“Existence”).

The songs will premiere with the anime’s second cour.

On July 6, the anime made its debut on the Noitamina programming block of Fuji TV and other channels. There will be two consecutive episodes of the anime. The show is being streamed live on Crunchyroll.

The staff includes:

  • Director: Hideyo Yamamoto
  • Character Design: Terumi Nishii
  • Series Scripts: Hideyuki Kurata
  • Music Composer:  Yu Takami

Written and illustrated by Nobuhiro Watsuki, the Rurouni Kenshin manga was serialized in the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine published by Shueisha from April 1994 to September 1999.

The complete work is comprised of 28 tankbon volumes, while it was reprinted in 22 kanzenban volumes years later.

The manga was adapted by Studio Gallop, Studio Deen, and SPE Visual Works into an anime television series that broadcast in Japan from January 1996 to September 1998.

My Anime List describes the plot of the new Rurouni Kenshin anime as follows:

Ten years have passed since the end of Bakumatsu, an era of war that saw the uprising of citizens against the Tokugawa shogunate.

The revolutionaries wanted to create a time of peace, and a thriving country free from oppression. The new age of Meiji has come, but peace has not yet been achieved.

Swords are banned but people are still murdered in the streets. Orphans of war veterans are left with nowhere to go, while the government seems content to just line their pockets with money.

One wandering samurai, Kenshin Himura, still works to make sure the values he fought for are worth the lives spent to bring about the new era.

Once known as Hitokiri Battousai, he was feared as the most ruthless killer of all the revolutionaries.

Now haunted by guilt, Kenshin has sworn never to kill again in atonement for the lives he took, and he may never know peace until killing is a thing of the past.

Now in the 11th year of Meiji, Kenshin stumbles upon Kaoru Kamiya, owner and head instructor of a small dojo being threatened to close its doors.

The police force is powerless to stop the string of murders done in the name of her dojo by a man claiming to be the famous Battousai.

Kenshin’s wanderings pause for now as he joins Kaoru to clear both their names. But how long can he stay before his past catches up to him?

Source: Aniplex Online Fest 2023 livestream