Remember the good ol’ days of Toonamui when we would patiently watch Dragon Ball Z, Gundam Wing and Rurouni Kenshin, among others? Two of those three have gotten live-action movies. Is the third time the charm?
Sankaku Complex reports a rumor that a live-action Rurouni Kenshin movie is underway in Japan, starring Kamen Rider Den-O himself, Takeru Sato.
I am actually not opposed to this. For one, there’s no way it could be worse than Dragon Ball Evolution or G-Saviour. The series is just enough on this side of unrealistic to be pulled off in live action…if done well, of course. And it’s a Japanese period piece done in Japan by the Japanese. At least it’ll LOOK correct, right?
As for Takeru Sato, just from him performance in Den-O, he can pull off the light-hearted Kenshin and some of the seriousness of the character as well. He has the look, in my opinion. With a few more lessons from Momotaros, he might even get the swordplay down too.
Rurouni Kenshin is one of my classic favorite anime and manga series. It was one of my first anime series I was fanatic about, along with DBZ and Gundam. It’s the first manga I bought regularly, now owning all 28 volumes. I even bought a cheap, crappy reverse-blade sword at my first con (crappy as in the hilt broke off).
It’s been quite a while since I’ve had any new Kenshin material to geek over, so I’m cautiously optimistic. How about you?