Okay, I've been wanting to do this for a while now, and because of THIS I feel pretty darn motivated to finally commit to it.
You might want to look away for a moment. I'm going to have a fangirl meltdown for just a minute before getting into a serious explanation of the series. I'm sorry; I can't help myself. After ten long years, the universe has seen fit to give my favorite Anime of all time some small revival.
It has been over ten years since the television series ended in Japan after a disappointing third season. In the U.S. the Rurouni Kenshin anime was distributed by Media Blasters and the manga by Viz Media. It was well received in both countries and was briefly run on cable as a part of Cartoon Networks' Toonami line-up.
Realistically, I'm expecting a new straight to DVD film(s), but with the recent treatment that Inuyasha, Full Metal Alchemist, Dragon Ball Z, and Evangelion all received it's hard not to hope for more. What would make me happy would be to see the Jinchuu ARC done properly. The Jinchuu ARC was a storyline in the final volumes of the manga that was never animated for the television series, and only briefly recapped in the Seishouen OVA that came later after the television series had ended. What would make me happiest to the point that my heart might explode would be to see the series redone like Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood - newly animated and adhering more closely to the manga.
I will be watching the episodes in English although I imagine this might be irritating to some fans. I know, I know - I know all about the flaws, but I am incredibly fond of Richard Cansino's voice as Kenshin Himura and several of the other cast members. I appreciate the original Japanese and I think Mayo Suzukaze does a wonderful job, but this is a rewatch after all and the English dub is how I most often chose to watch the series when I was younger.
It's been almost six years since I last watched all the episodes. I've been a fan of the series since the first DVD release in 2000. It pains me sometimes to think about how much money I spent collecting that 26 volume series. At almost $30 dollars a DVD in those early days (including tax), I spent $1,000 dollars on Rurouni Kenshin. Eeep! The dumb things we do in high school when we don't have to pay rent, right? But on the other hand, I think I had a lot of fun waiting on pins and needles all month for the next installment. Now-a-days, we are able to leap into the fansubs while we wait which isn't quite as thrilling in my opinion. Some things are worth waiting for.
I only hope that I'll be able to say those same words after the new Rurouni Kenshin project finally airs.