So now it has turned out that the two-chapters Rurouni Kenshin spin-off that was published in Jump SQ this autumn/winter … was actually a prologue to an upcoming Rurouni Kenshin sequel, or continuation – whatever you call it. It is going to be the Hokkaido arc, a storyline that Nobuhiro Watsuki had considered doing after the Jinchu arc. He didn’t do it, but ended Rurouni Kenshin after Jinchu. It was a good choice, because there didn’t seem to be anything left to do with the character of Kenshin – he had faced the demons of his past, worked through his issues and finally found peace of mind and a place to call home. It was a good point to end the manga.
Frankly, I really don’t need a sequel – at least not for Kenshin’s sake. His story ended with a beautiful happy ending. However, there are still a number of characters who might have an interesting road ahead of them. It is promising to see Soujirou on the teaser image for the Hokkaidou Arc. I guess I kind of hope that Kenshin won’t appear at all in this story. ;)
Overall, I am a little torn. I have been following Nobuhiro Watsuki’s works for many years, and there is a part of me that doesn’t want him to go back to Kenshin, a part that wants him to keep coming up with new stories and characters and settings, and move forward, never back. On the other hand … well, I obviouly like Rurouni Kenshin and I do want to see these characters again! Plus, I like it when people don’t abandon old ideas, and in this sense, it is really satisfying that the Hokkaido Arc is finally going to become reality after all.
And now … we wait.