Aniplex To Release Rurouni Kenshin OVAs And Movie On Blu-Ray In U.S.

By Ishaan . June 4, 2011 . 10:28am

Aniplex will release the two Rurouni Kenshin OVAs and the Rurouni Kenshin movie on Blu-ray simultaneously with the Japanese version, the publisher announced recently. Each release will be an individual item, and the dates are as follows:


Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal – August 24th

Rurouni Kenshin: Reflection – September 21st

Rurouni Kenshin: The Movie – October 26th


The Blu-ray releases will include re-mastered visuals and will include both the Japanese and English dubs with English subtitles. Each release will come in special packaging, with new illustration work done by the two OVAs’ director, Atsuko Nakajima. A booklet of some sort will also be included with each item.


As part of the Rurouni Kenshin 15th anniversary celebration, a new anime project is also in the works, although no details on this project have been announced yet.

  • malek86

    I didn’t know there was a movie too. How is it?

    • luckgandor

      Not nearly as good as Trust and Betrayal.

    • The movie was more related to the TV series than anything.. Not like the two OVAs. As far as I remember, it’s just anime movie. Nothing too exciting, imo.

    • mikanko

      It’s a 1 and a half hour made for TV quality filler arc.  Not necessarily any worse than what came after Shishio in the tv series.  Not that that’s saying much.

  • Lenne

    yay~~ i love rurouni Kenshin. its a great anime series.

  • The main point is did the re dub it? ADV had the rights to the OVA, and motion picture. They used their own group. and media blaster had the rights to the series.

    • KyoyaHibari

      For Aniplex’s re-releases they usually don’t, and Aniplex made the actual anime so they are allowed to use the original dubs freely I think with maybe a little say from the initial distributors but other than that, they pretty much release it as it was originally, heck they put Baccano on Blu-Ray even though Funimation had the license in NA.

    • It’s the ADV dubbing for the movies and the OVAs.

  • vrakanox

    Wow, this is awesome news. Some of the best OVA’s ever made IMO.

  • October 26th huh? Another reason why my birthday is great :P

  • [The Hunter] Doomrider

    So, what are the chances of this being region free?

    I’ve read that the Baccano Blu-Ray box is. Five minutes later, I read that it isn’t.


    • CleruTesh

      I thought that all blu-ray was region free, like ps3 game. Never really import movies to test theory though. Am I wrong?

      • Edit: Whoa, doublepost.

      • I think BD movies can be made region free, but some (…most, I’d wager) are definitely locked. I don’t know where you’re located, but here’s a map of the regions:

      • [The Hunter] Doomrider

        Nope… It’s up to the publisher, I suppose. It’s even worse when they’re inconsistent about it. Take Funimation, for instance. What a headache.

        • PrinceHeir


          it’s already one region for US/JAPAN. why the hell would Funimation would ruin that?

          they’ll just lose potential sales if they continue doing this.

          • [The Hunter] Doomrider

            Well, it always works for the people in the US (and really, that’s how it should be, considering that’s Funimation’s market) so it’s not like they’re ruining it for Americans =P

            But what’s up with some of the BRs being A/B? Either make them all B, or make them all A/B, no? Oh well…

          • PrinceHeir

            hmm still there are people who own US PS3’s that don’t live in the US. so kinda sucks for them :

      • mikanko

        Most released in US in Japan are locked.  US and Japan are considered the same region for Blu Rays however, so only Europe gets screwed.

        Europe releases far more blu rays that’re region free as well, so there are a few cases where United Statesians can freely import European blu rays.

  • lostinblue

    This, Disney movies and Ghibli ones… I gotta buy a Blu-Ray reader.

  • ManaKnight

    I love Kenshin.  Must buys for me.

  • They need to re-release the original series aswell. All the DVD sets have been long out of print and are too expensive these days.

  • Buying Trust & Betrayal. It costs quite a bit though :/

  • Love them, but too they’re too expensive IMHO. Will get them, eventually.

  • Aoshi00

    Good thing we don’t need to import the expensive blu-rays… but too bad there’s no Jpn subtitles (the Jpn discs would be subtitled for the first time)… wish I hadn’t gotten the PSP game :P…

    • These blu-rays are still expensive tho. $65 for the Trust/Betrayal OVA and like $55 (each) for the movie and Reflection OVA. Their reason being that it’s the Japanese blu-rays “imported” to the US with English booklets and the ADV dubbing.

      • Aoshi00

        But that’s just MSRP right?  Like the YuYu Hakusho blu-ray is listed as $45 on Amazon, but it’s on sale for $22.99..  or EVA 2.0 movie listed as $35 but it’s only $20 (sometimes even less), I don’t think US blu-rays could be that expensive or they would be sold as cheaper most of the time..  if it’s Jpn blu-rays forget it, the price is nuts.. I would love to collect all these classics on blu-rays again if the price is reasonable..

        • According to Aniplex:
          Trust & Betrayal | MSRP $81.98, Stores: $64.98.
          Reflection | MSRP $69.98, Stores: $54.98.
          The Movie | MSRP: $69.98, Stores: $54.98.

          • Aoshi00

            wow.. I dunno, I haven’t seen US anime blu-rays ever gone for that much even for box sets.. unless they’re on sale for perhaps $25 each, I wouldn’t get the US blu-rays and might just import the Jpn ones w/ Jpn subtitles…  the movie (Ishinshishi e no Requiem) I most likely wouldn’t get, just Tsuioku and Seisou.. but those are not much lower than the Jpn prices it’s hard to believe..

          • These prices are because the blu-rays they’re releasing ARE imports. It’s even listed on Aniplex’s webpage that they’re imported from Japan and are of limited quantities. Kinda like the Garden of Sinners (Kara no Kyokai) boxset that Aniplex released here.. MSRP for that was $598.98, while the “store” price is $398.98.

          • Aoshi00

            yeah, you’re right, I guess this is a direct release from Aniplex instead of the usual US release picked up by someone.. I just assumed it would be much cheaper like the usual US anime/blu-ray release..  Seems like the US release would be pretty much identical to the Jpn ver too in having both Eng/Jpn dub and subtitles.  For me that’s the biggest draw since Jpn anime DVDs almost always never had Jpn subtitles, it’s like they’re very stingy in giving the “script” away..


            It’s a bit expensive, but I guess compared to the original VHS/laserdisc release (1 episode per tape/disc) it’s not so bad..  it’s nice I could finally listen and read along though… some of Tomoe’s dialogue were hard to make out because of how soft spoken she was..

  • Christian Wright

    ill wait for the collection…

  • PrinceHeir

    Samurai X in Blu Ray?


  • Now all I want is news of Aniplex USA licensing Madoka and Bakemongatari on blu-ray for NA. C’mon Aniplex, I’m waiting for that news you promised.

  • gatotsu911

    Atsuko Nakajima was the OVAs’ character designer. The director was Kazuhiro Furuhashi.

    • Aoshi00

      I was thinking of pointing that out.. and Nakajima Atsuko was only the character designer for the TV series as well.. w/ her art looking more like You’re Under Arrest/Ranma/Trinity Blood.. so it’s a bit weird she’s drawing the new covers for the new OVA blu-rays.. Furuhashi Kazuhiro was a very good director..

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