The official website for the ‘final chapter’ films in the live-action film series based on Nobuhiro Watsuki’s Rurouni Kenshin manga revealed on Thursday that Kasumi Arimura (When Marnie Was There’s Marnie, live-action ERASED’s Airi Katagiri, live-action Strobe Edge’s Ninako Kinoshita) will play the character Tomoe Yukishiro in the films. Tomoe was Kenshin’s wife during his days as the assassin Battōsai, and her story ties into Kenshin’s iconic X-shaped scar. Kenshin and Tomoe’s relationship was previously portrayed in the Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal original video anime (OVA) project.
Producer Hiroetsu Koiwai commented on the casting, “This role, which is too strong for everyone, was unanimously entrusted to Mr. Arimura Kasumi. I saw Yukiyo Tomoe. ” Director Hiroshi Otomo, who has a past working with Arimura in the live-action movie “ Lion of March ”, said, “ If she is, she will play this role with a pure white heart, together with the story of a fiery encounter of two lonely souls. With terrible sorrow, she will have a strong will and endless kindness. “
The first live-action Rurouni Kenshin film opened in 2012 in Japan, while the first two sequels opened in August and September 2014. The films collectively grossed more that US$160 million internationally. Funimation screened all three films in United States theaters in August, September, and October 2016, respectively.
Watsuki’s manga ran from 1994 to 1999 in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. A television anime series aired in Japan from 1996 to 1998 and spawned several anime video projects and an anime film. Viz Media published the original manga and the two-volume Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration reboot manga in North America, while Media Blasters released the television anime. ADV Films released the two Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal and Rurouni Kenshin: Reflection video anime projects and the Rurouni Kenshin: The Motion Picture anime film on DVD, and Aniplex later released the three titles on Blu-ray Disc. Sentai Filmworks released the more recent Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc video anime series on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.