Celebrating the 15th anniversary of the hit series-turned-international anime franchise Rurouni Kenshin, Aniplex of America Inc. announced today that it will be releasing the Blu-ray disc versions of the OVA (Original Video Animation) series and movie in North America, through RightStuf.com and Bandai Entertainment’s The Store on the same day as Japan.
A total of three BD releases is scheduled to launch on the following dates:
Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal – August 24
Rurouni Kenshin: Reflection – September 21
Rurouni Kenshin The Movie – October 26
Aniplex of America will import the Japanese editions of the Blu-ray discs, with each release sporting exclusive packaging that features new illustration artwork by Rurouni Kenshin OVA animation director/animator Atsuko Nakajima (Trinity Blood, Ranma ½, You’re Under Arrest!), along with the inclusion of an English translated booklet. Each Blu-ray release (digitally remastered and includes both the English and Japanese audio with English subtitles), will be distributed in limited quantities and sold through while supplies last.
With the 15th Anniversary already underway, Aniplex also plans to develop a new Rurouni Kenshin project, with additional details to follow as soon as they become available.
“Those of you who follow and love the story of Kenshin will most likely enjoy this movie immensely, and you will definitely be moved by its tissue invoking emotion”
– David Blair / DvdTalk.com
“The artwork for the series is amazing” – AnimeNewsNetwork.com
“No matter what kind of anime you watch, you will benefit from watching this series.”– AnimeNewsNetwork.com
“…there’s enough action to satisfy even the most testosterone-laden anime fan. This is seriously good stuff” – Kevin Pezzano / RevolutionSF.com.
Rurouni Kenshin Blu-ray Disc features:
- Video: 1080 Hi-def *Original masters have been digitally re-mastered for Blu-ray release.
- Audio: Japanese (Linear PCM Stereo) & English dialogue (Dolby Digital 2.0)>Subtitles: Japanese and English“Trust & Betrayal” (Tsuioku-hen) includes all original 4 OVA episodes (125 min.)
- “Reflection” (Seiso-hen) includes the original 2 OVA episodes (90 min.)
- The Movie (100 min.)
- Exclusive new box and Digipak artwork illustrated by ATSUKO NAKAJIMA, the Character Designer
- Includes a deluxe booklet with a separate English translated booklet
Rurouni Kenshin Blu-ray products can be pre-ordered and purchased at:
Right Stuf: http://www.rightstuf.com/
The Store: Store.Bandai-Ent.com/