The story in the film does not appear in the original manga. Daryl Surat of Otaku USA said that the film replays the opening flashback scene "like times within 90 minutes. There are also two Rurouni Kenshin original video animation OVA series which have respectively four and two episodes. It is set during the downfall of the Tokugawa shogunate and during Kenshin's job as an assassin.
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The first episode was originally released on December 12, in Japan and the second on March 20, It is set both during and after the timeline of the series and tells of Kenshin and Kaoru's later days, much of which is not derived from the manga. The first, Rurouni Kenshin OST 1 was released on April 1, and contained twenty-three songs that were used during the first episodes of the series. Several compilations of the anime songs were also released in collection CDs.
Each of them featured different voice actors from that one that worked in the anime adaptation.
Two encyclopedias of the Rurouni Kenshin manga were released in Japan. The story takes place years after the manga's conclusion, when Kenshin and Kaoru have married and have a young son, Kenji. Many of the series' major characters who have befriended Kenshin reunite or otherwise reveal their current whereabouts with him in a spring picnic. While the first two were based on the TV series, the third one was based on the film.
A guidebook from the kanzenban imprint of the series was published on June 4, They were co-written by Kaoru Shizuka. Most of them are original stories which were later adapted in the anime. Others are adaptations of manga and anime stories. Only Volume 1 has been translated into English so far. It retells various stories featured in the manga and anime series. There are two Rurouni Kenshin games released for the PlayStation console. Neither game has made it out of Japan. The game is a 3D fighter game with 5 playable characters, while the plot focuses in the first seven volumes from the manga.
The game is a console role-playing game with a story unrelated to either the manga or anime. Its Japanese release was slated at September 14, Watsuki commented that there was a lot of Rurouni Kenshin merchandise released for the Japanese market. He recommended that buyers consider quality before paying for merchandise items and for them to consult their wallets and buy stuff that they feel is "worth it.
The manga has been highly popular with the original release having sold over 47 million copies in Japan as of , [87 ] while in it increased to 51 million. The manga has received praise and criticism from various publications.
Mania Entertainment writer Megan Lavey found that the manga had a good balance between character development, comedy and action scenes. The artwork of Watsuki was said to have improved as the series continued, noting that characters also had reactions during fights. Although she praised Watsuki's characters, she commented that some of them needed some consistency due to various "bizarre" antagonists.
Sparrow liked the manga's ending, praising how the storylines are resolved, and how most of the supporting cast end up.
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He also praised the series' characters, remarking that Kenshin "belongs in any top ten of manga heroes. When TV Asahi , a television network in Japan, conducted a nation-wide survey for the one hundred most popular animated television series, Rurouni Kenshin anime came in sixty-sixth place.
The anime has also been commented on by Chris Shepard from ANN noting a well crafted plot and good action scenes.
However, he also criticized that during the first episodes the fights never get quite interesting as it becomes a bit predictable that Kenshin is going to win as the music of moments of victory is repeated many times. Grey from the same site mentioned that all those negatives points disappear during the Kyoto Arc due to amazing fights and a great soundtrack. She also liked the historical setting as it makes all the situations seem authentic. Surat said that while the Media Blasters anime dub is "well-cast," the English dub does not sound natural since the producers were too preoccupied with making the voice performances mimick the Japanese performances.
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