My previous post about the upcoming Rurouni Kenshin sequel, the Hokkaido arc, is currently one of the most popular posts on this blog! I have to admit that this isn’t saying much, since I often blog about random, niche stuff that no one ever reads. Hyperbole. But it does make me happy that people really do care about Rurouni Kenshin, and google for information on the new manga, because Kenshin will always hold a special place in my heart! ♥
Now, the latest news is that the start of the Hokkaido arc got delayed, from “spring” to “summer”. Honestly … I don’t mind. A part of me still can’t believe it’s even happening, so I exist in this blissful state of vague anticipation. This gives me some more time to prepare, both mentally and … linguistically. Because I’ve decided to experience this story via the Japanese tankobon release. My Japanese is not exactly up to the task right now, but I am tired of being dependent on Western releases. And I couldn’t wish for a better kick in the ass to get me motivated and determined!
The tricky thing about waiting for the tankobon release is that I’ll have to avoid spoilers when the serialization starts. That’s one reason why I don’t mind it hasn’t started yet. Still means it’s safe to google.
Anyway, what do we do while we wait for the Rurouni Kenshin Hokkaido Arc?
I want to do a reread of the manga. I should not even think about that! Because I still have not finished the Blade of the Immortal reread that I began ages, ages ago. But I am planning to take an (official) break from this anyway after the Kaga arc, to figure out a new approach for the next arc. I don’t want to keep doing “one volume per post”, because that can be tedious when there’s a cliffhanger … and I don’t think I can make it through the next arc in small portions. XD So if I do a Rurouni Kenshin reread, I’d rather divide by story arcs or something like this. I’m open for suggestions!
I alo have a couple of ideas for Rurouni Kenshin essays that I want to write. For example, how the manga portrays masculinity, which is a topic that came up a few months ago in the comments, and it’s been on my mind ever since.
Really, when all is said and done, I just want to chat about Kenshin. :D