"Rurouni Kenshin" also known as "Samurai X" is finally back! Nobuhiro Watsuki and wife Kaoru Kurosaki will create a spinoff of the manga as announced in Shueisha's Jump Square magazine in its November issue. The manga is titled "Rurouni Kenshin Ibun: Ashitarō Zenka Ari" or "Rurouni Kenshin Variant Story: The Criminal Ashitarō" in English.
The upcoming spinoff manga is reported to have 2 chapters and the first chapter will be published in the December issue of the said magazine. According to reports, the magazine will issue a center color page for the manga.
Earlier this year, Watsuki has already been reported to be working on a "secret" new work and it looks like it has now been revealed. Watsuki and his wife is not only known for creating "Rurouni Kenshin" but also "Buso Renkin" manga and "Embalming - The Another Tale of Frankenstein"
Rurouni Kenshin was first launched in 1994 in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The manga focuses on the life of Kenshin Himura who was previously a deadly assassin but had a change of heart. Now that he is trying to forget his past, it seems to have found its way back to him. Its manga sold more than 70 million copies as of 2014.
In 2014, a spinoff of the manga was also released titled "Honō wo Suberu -Rurouni Kenshin: Uramaku-" or "Controlling Flame -Rurouni Kenshin: Hidden Chapter" in English. It focuses on how Yumi Komagata and Shishio Makoto met.
The manga was adapted into a 95-episode TV anime series with OVAs and film which ranked in Japan as one of the top 100 most watched series. Later on, the anime was made into a three-part live action film and performed very well with a total earning of $35,798,585 in Japan alone. It became the sixteenth highest grossing film of the year in Japan.