Did you know that the character, Himura Kenshin, is based on a real samurai of the late Edo period?
Watsuki Nobuhiro discovered and used the story of Kawakami Gensai, a hitokiri executed by the Meiji Government. Kawakami was said to be a highly skilled swordsman, and he was one of the four most notable assassins of the Bakumatsu period. Kawakami was the only practitioner of the high-speed sword discipline known as the Shiranui-ryu.
According to Watsuki, when he found that Kawakami maintained a duty to his dead comrades, he decided to create the title character of the Rurouni Kenshin series, Himura Kenshin, also known as Hitokiri Battousai.
August can’t come any sooner! I’m so excited to see this new movie! I’m sure I’ll be pestering anyone and everyone to watch with me! Thanks to Hina for sending this in!