Announcing the English dub cast for the reboot Rurouni Kenshin in October 2023 sparked controversy due to the series’ mangaka Nobuhiro Watsuki’s tarnished reputation.
The author has faced legal action in the past due to allegations related to possession of child pornography.
Because of this, several voice actors were involved Rurouni Kenshin New English dub, move on to address the elephant in the room.
Howard Wang, who plays Kenshin Himura in the English dub, took to social media to acknowledge Watsuki’s crimes and make it clear that he does not condone or support the author’s actions. In an effort to make a positive contribution, Wang announced that a portion of his anime earnings were donated to charity.
Similarly, Darius, who will voice Sanosuke in the anime, also emphasized that he does not support the author’s actions.
He revealed that many cast members, such as Risa Mei, Yong Yea and Billy Butts, including himself, chose to donate to the Children’s Rescue Alliance, an organization dedicated to protecting children. I am free from sexual exploitation.
Although the action garnered quite a large number of likes, a section of fans, who were against the anime Rurouni Kenshin new and its subsequent English dub, also did not welcome this new development. They claim that despite the amount of money they donate, they are still enabling’real-life predators to profit.’
New cartoon Rurouni Kenshinanimated by Liden Films, began airing on July 6, 2023. The English dub premiered in October 2023.
Aniplex’s official YouTube channel said this work uses the latest technology to recreate the original story from the first episode to create an anime series that can appeal to current anime fans.
Studio Gallop, Studio Deen and SPE Visual Works previously adapted Rurouni Kenshin into an anime television series, which aired from January 1996 to September 1998.
Rurouni Kenshin: A romantic story about the swordsman Meiji is a manga series written and illustrated by Nobuhiro Watsuki. It was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump from 1994 to 1999, with the chapters collected into 28 tankobon volumes.
The manga series has more than 72 million copies in circulation as of 2019.