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New ‘Rurouni Kenshin’ Manga Coming to Japan in 2012

Just more than 12 years after its conclusion in Japan, Rurouni Kenshin will return with new manga in May of 2012 in Jump Square magazine.

Though the run will be brief, Nobuhiro Watsuki’s samurai romance series will eclipse the creator’s current title, Embalming – The Another Tale of Frankenstein [sic], until the fall.

Interestingly, Jump Square’s ad for the return of Rurouni Kenshin uses the word “reboot.” Anime News Network is quick to point out that the term may not translate perfectly, though, so it’s probably safe to dismiss the idea of Kenshin rocking a collar and/or knee pads ala DC’s rebooted “New 52″ heroes. Fans who stuck with the series through its 28 volumes (or watched the full anime adaptation) are probably hoping for something of a sequel or quality supplementary material rather than a retelling.

Whatever form the new Rurouni Kenshin material takes, the timing is certainly appropriate. The live-action Kenshin film, which has so far spawned some set photos and a trailer, is set for an August 25 release in Japan.

Viz hasn’t announced plans to bring over the new manga just yet, but considering their commitment to the series in print and digital, it’s likely just a matter of time before American fans will be able to get their hands on it.Check out a larger image of the Rurouni Kenshin ad from Jump Square magazine below:

[Via ANN, Manganewjapon]

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