Manga publisher Shueisha just announced that a new "Samurai X" spin-off manga is in the works. What is even better is that the original creator Nobuhuri Watsuki and his wife Kaoru Kurosaki will be making it.
The new manga spinoff will be titled "Rurouni Kenshin Ibun: Ashitaro Zenka Ari (Rurouni Kenshin Variant Story: The Criminal Ashitaro)." The spin-off will feature an entirely new character that has not appeared in any "Samurai X" story yet. Speculations had surfaced that it can be a name of an old villain or enemy of Kenshin who just turned into a super villain.
These recent developments are driving the fans mad. "Ruruoni Kenshin" has a huge following and enjoyed a five-years in the "Weekly Shonnen Jump" magazine. It since had a 95 episode anime series, a movie, and three OVA's. It was also recently made into a live-action drama trilogy which garnered success worldwide. The story of Kenshin ended in 1999.
"Rurouni Kenshin" or "Samurai X" for most English-speaking fans, follows the story of an ex-samurai who was a deadly assassin during the Meiji Restoration. After the war, he had vowed to never kill again and practices peace after his life of violence. He met new friends while he wanders around but the powerful enemies he made from his past keeps on coming back to threaten his friends and force him to let go of his peaceful ways.
A previous manga spin-off was released in 2014 titled "Hono Wo Suberu -Rurouni Kenshin: Uramaku" (Controlling Flame -Rurouni Kenshin: Hidden Chapter) was about Kenshin's most popular and powerful enemy, the burnt and mummified Shishio Makoto. It follows his story on how he met Yumi Komagata.
The upcoming manga spin-off will have two chapters. The first one will be released on November 04 in the December issue of "Jump Square." Fans surely cannot wait to see this one.