After being postponed last year due to the ongoing pandemic, Warner Bros. Japan has announced the release date for Rurouni Kenshin: The Final as well as its follow up, Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning.
In a new trailer, it was announced that the release date for Rurouni Kenshin: The Final would be April 23rd in Japan, with The Beginning then airing June 4th. These movies make up the fourth and fith installments of the live-action adaptations of Rurouni Kenshin, a popular period manga that also got its own anime.
The trailer only shows off the plot for The Final, in which main character Kenshin’s past as the legendary killer Battosai catches up with him, and another warrior from his past comes to kill him.
Kenshin and friends are attacked by Enishi Yukishiro, who levels the entire city in a quest for revenge against the man who killed his sister. It’s implied he knows more about Kenshin’s past, given the trailer shows him looking for the man with a scar on his cheek.
Similar to the previous live-action movies, The Final features music by One Ok Rock, with their song Renegades making up the title song for the movie.
Rurouni Kenshin: The Final was meant to release in Golden Week of last year, one of the most profitable times to release a movie in Japan. However, they had to postpone its release due to the state of emergency in Japan following the Covid-19 pandemic. Interestingly the new release date is on either end of Golden Week, with neither The Final nor The Beginning opening then.