History Trivia / RurouniKenshin

23rd Nov '16 12:40:42 AM kirara19
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* CastingGag: Before it was an anime, ''Rurouni Kenshin'' was adapted as a series of drama [=CD=]s, with a different cast to that of the anime. The [[Creator/TomoSakurai voice actress]] who played Kaoru in the dramas was later cast in the anime as Kaoru's {{expy}}, Misao.

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* CastingGag: Before it was adapted into an anime, animated series, ''Rurouni Kenshin'' was adapted as a series of drama [=CD=]s, with a different cast to that of the anime. The [[Creator/TomoSakurai voice actress]] who played Kaoru in the dramas was later cast in the anime as Kaoru's {{expy}}, Misao.Misao Makimachi.



** Seta Soujirou is voiced by Creator/NorikoHidaka, whose most famous role is as [[{{Tsundere}} Akane]] from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''.

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** Seta Soujirou is voiced by Creator/NorikoHidaka, whose most famous role is as at the moment was [[{{Tsundere}} Akane]] Akane Tendou]] from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''.



** The author originally intended for Usui to be a Franchise/{{Terminator}}-style manhunter, pursuing Kenshin relentlessly through darkened city streets. Instead, we got [[AnticlimaxBoss the]] [[InformedAbility above]].

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** The author originally intended for Usui to be a Franchise/{{Terminator}}-style manhunter, pursuing Kenshin relentlessly through darkened city streets. Instead, we got [[AnticlimaxBoss [[AntiClimaxBoss the]] [[InformedAbility above]].
23rd Nov '16 12:25:11 AM kirara19
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* CastingGag: Before it was an anime, ''Rurouni Kenshin'' was adapted as a series of drama [=CD=]s, with a different cast. The [[Creator/TomoSakurai actress]] who played Kaoru in the dramas was later cast in the anime as Kaoru's Expy, Misao.

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* CastingGag: Before it was an anime, ''Rurouni Kenshin'' was adapted as a series of drama [=CD=]s, with a different cast. cast to that of the anime. The [[Creator/TomoSakurai voice actress]] who played Kaoru in the dramas was later cast in the anime as Kaoru's Expy, {{expy}}, Misao.



** Soujirou Seta is Creator/NorikoHidaka in the original.

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** Soujirou Seta is voiced by Creator/NorikoHidaka in the original.



* NoDubForYou: The Latin American {{Netflix}} feed does not include the controversial Colombian Spanish dub, partly due to the quality of that dub and partly because the last episode was never dubbed.
* OneHitWonder: The third opening song, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n6GkQRTgyI "Kimi ni Fureru Dake de"]], by Curio.
* TheOtherDarrin: Richard Cansino, the voice of Kenshin in the TV series, never got to reprise his role in any of the movies and OVAs. Instead, J. Shannon Weaver plays Kenshin instead. No one knows why.
** The Drama CD cast got replaced once the anime started to be in production.
* PlayingAgainstType: Shishio Makoto is voiced by Masanori Ikeda, an ex-IdolSinger from TheEighties. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Eitvlx9Ibw This is his most popular hit, "Night of Summer Side"]]. Compare Ikeda's singing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw85i8Iahew to Shishio's voice]] now. Huh.

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* NoDubForYou: The Latin American {{Netflix}} Creator/{{Netflix}} feed does not include the controversial Colombian Spanish dub, partly due to the quality of that dub and partly because the last episode was never dubbed.
* OneHitWonder: The third opening song, [[https://www.song of the anime, "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n6GkQRTgyI "Kimi Kimi ni Fureru Dake de"]], by de]]" is the only known hit of Curio.
* TheOtherDarrin: TheOtherDarrin:
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Richard Cansino, the voice of Kenshin in the TV series, never got to reprise his role in any of the movies and OVAs.series of [=OVAs=]. Instead, J. Shannon Weaver plays Kenshin instead. No one knows why.
** The Drama CD cast got replaced once the anime started to be in production.
production. In volume 10, Watsuki mentioned that he was dissapointed about this decision because he liked the performance of many of the voice actors (such as Creator/MegumiOgata and Creator/TomokazuSeki) as his characters, although the anime cast "works out". One reason he cited about the change was that, since the anime production committee was bigger than a Drama CD production team (as it involves more companies and sponsors), the "industry power-structure" affected the series.
* PlayingAgainstType: PlayingAgainstType:
**
Shishio Makoto is voiced by Masanori Ikeda, an ex-IdolSinger from TheEighties. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Eitvlx9Ibw This is his most popular hit, "Night of Summer Side"]]. Compare Ikeda's singing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw85i8Iahew to Shishio's voice]] now. Huh.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The author originally intended for Usui to be a Franchise/{{Terminator}}-style manhunter, pursuing Kenshin relentlessly through darkened city streets. Instead, we got [[AnticlimaxBoss the]] [[InformedAbility above]].

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: WhatCouldHaveBeen:
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The author originally intended for Usui to be a Franchise/{{Terminator}}-style manhunter, pursuing Kenshin relentlessly through darkened city streets. Instead, we got [[AnticlimaxBoss the]] [[InformedAbility above]].
12th Jun '16 10:25:48 PM Sagetsu
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** Takeda Kanryu, the wealthy leader of an opium racket, wears a modern lounge suit with a modern tie that could have conceivably existed in the 1870s, but wouldn't be common in that form for another 70 years. At the time, bowties were still in fashion and suits tended to have more layers.

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** In most cases, it could be chalked up to the RuleOfCool (ex. Yukishiro Enishi's battle outfit, which no one at the time could have conceivably worn or made, as well as Inui Banjin's fatigues).
** Takeda Kanryu, the wealthy leader of an opium racket, wears a modern lounge suit with a modern tie that could have conceivably existed in the 1870s, but wouldn't be common in that form for another 70 years. At the time, bowties were still in fashion and suits tended to have more layers. Understandably, the [[Film/RurouniKenshin 2012 film]] drops it and gives him a period-appropriate suit and bowtie.
11th Jun '16 6:49:52 PM bt8257
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* ExecutiveMeddling: [[WordOfGod In his original conception, Kenshin was supposed to be ''at least'' 30.]] But Nobuhiro Watsuki was told that "30 was too old for a primary protagonist in ''Magazine/ShonenJump''." So, Watsuki dropped Kenshin's age to 28. (Thus keeping the concept of a more seasoned protagonist than the typical of the {{Shounen}} genre, but also making Kenshin young enough to be "acceptable".) Lampshaded in series, when Kaoru tells Kenshin he "can't possibly be 28", and Kenshin asks "Would 30 make you happier?" and Kaoru replies that it would not.
* HilariousInHindsight: Watsuki-san [[WordOfGod noted in his character profiles]] that he based Kurogasa/Udo Jin-e on the historical assassin Okada Izo. Fast forward today where (as detailed above) Takeru Satoh, who played Izo in ''Ryomaden'', plays Kenshin. This comes full circle when the film incarnation of Jin-e, who was based originally on Izo, claims to be a more genuine assassin than Kenshin-as-Battousai. Trippy? You bet.
** Back in ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'', Takeru Satoh played Ryotaro, who is the nominal Franchise/KamenRider, a living anomaly referred to as a Singularity Point. How does one mark a point? '''With an X.'''
** He was known for saying [[ByThePowerofGrayskull "hen]][[HenshinHero shin"]], now he goes by Kenshin. Not hilarious but definitely silly.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: [[WordOfGod In his original conception, Kenshin was supposed to be ''at least'' 30.]] But Nobuhiro Watsuki was told that "30 was too old for a primary protagonist in ''Magazine/ShonenJump''." So, Watsuki dropped Kenshin's age to 28. (Thus keeping the concept of a more seasoned protagonist than the typical of the {{Shounen}} genre, but also making Kenshin young enough to be "acceptable".) Lampshaded in series, when Kaoru tells Kenshin he "can't possibly be 28", and 28". Kenshin asks "Would 30 make you happier?" and Kaoru replies that it would not.
* HilariousInHindsight: Watsuki-san [[WordOfGod noted in his character profiles]] that he based Kurogasa/Udo Jin-e on the historical assassin Okada Izo. Fast forward today where (as detailed above) Takeru Satoh, who played Izo in ''Ryomaden'', plays Kenshin. This comes full circle when the film incarnation of Jin-e, who was based originally on Izo, claims to be a more genuine assassin than Kenshin-as-Battousai. Trippy? You bet.
** Back in ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'', Takeru Satoh played Ryotaro, who is the nominal Franchise/KamenRider, a living anomaly referred to as a Singularity Point. How does one mark a point? '''With an X.'''
** He was known for saying [[ByThePowerofGrayskull "hen]][[HenshinHero shin"]], now he goes by Kenshin. Not hilarious but definitely silly.
not.



* TheOtherDarrin:
** Richard Cansino, the voice of Kenshin in the TV series, never got to reprise his role in any of the movies and OVAs. Instead, J. Shannon Weaver plays Kenshin instead. No one knows why.

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* TheOtherDarrin:
**
TheOtherDarrin: Richard Cansino, the voice of Kenshin in the TV series, never got to reprise his role in any of the movies and OVAs. Instead, J. Shannon Weaver plays Kenshin instead. No one knows why.



* PlayingAgainstType:
** Shishio Makoto is voiced by Masanori Ikeda, an ex-IdolSinger from TheEighties. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Eitvlx9Ibw This is his most popular hit, "Night of Summer Side"]]. Compare Ikeda's singing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw85i8Iahew to Shishio's voice]] now. Huh.

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* PlayingAgainstType:
**
PlayingAgainstType: Shishio Makoto is voiced by Masanori Ikeda, an ex-IdolSinger from TheEighties. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Eitvlx9Ibw This is his most popular hit, "Night of Summer Side"]]. Compare Ikeda's singing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw85i8Iahew to Shishio's voice]] now. Huh.



* PortmanteauSeriesNickname: "[=RuroKen=]" for Rurouni Kenshin.

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* PortmanteauSeriesNickname: "[=RuroKen=]" for Rurouni Kenshin."[=RuroKen=]".



* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** The author originally intended for Usui to be a Franchise/{{Terminator}}-style manhunter, pursuing Kenshin relentlessly through darkened city streets. Instead, we got [[AnticlimaxBoss the]] [[InformedAbility above]].

to:

* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
**
WhatCouldHaveBeen: The author originally intended for Usui to be a Franchise/{{Terminator}}-style manhunter, pursuing Kenshin relentlessly through darkened city streets. Instead, we got [[AnticlimaxBoss the]] [[InformedAbility above]].
27th Apr '16 11:13:00 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatVoice:
** Yutaro [[Creator/MayumiTanaka is]] [[Manga/OnePiece gonna become the Pirate King!!]]
** Hiko [[Creator/ShuichiIkeda IS]] [[MemeticMutation A]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam CHAR]].
** As mentioned in PlayingAgainstType below, Kamatari [[JunkoTakeuchi shall be]] Manga/{{Naruto}}/[[Manga/HunterXHunter Gon]] and Soujirou [[Creator/NorikoHidaka was]] [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Akane Tendo]].
** [[Creator/SteveBlum Makoto Shishio]] and his girlfriend [[Creator/WendeeLee Yumi Komagata]] are going [[Anime/CowboyBebop to travel in space and become bounty hunters]].
** The English dub is actually chock full of voices that would later become notable. Names like Creator/JamiesonPrice, Creator/MichaelMcconnohie, Creator/MichelleRuff, and others all pop up.
* HeyItsThatGuy: The live-action film involved ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' as Kenshin. [[MythologyGag Bonus in that]] Takeru Satoh, the lead, recently portrayed another historical assassin, Okada Izo, in the historical drama ''Ryomaden'' (which was apparently why he was chosen in the first place). The director of the film, Keishi Ootomo, was himself the director of ''Ryomaden'' (and, as you will see in the list below, the ''Ryomaden''-affiliated cast is pretty much his ProductionPosse for this film series).
** More bonus points: Jin-E is played by Koji "[[Series/KamenRiderDouble Kamen Rider Skull]]" Kikkawa, [[TheDragon Gein]] by Go "[[Series/KamenRiderFaiz Aki Sawada / Spider Orphenoch]]" Ayano, and [[TheBrute Banjin]] is Genki "Luna Dopant" Sudo!
** The sequels add another one to the list, as Chou is played by Ryosuke Miura, known to Rider fans as [[Series/KamenRiderOOO Ankh]]. [[ActorAllusion His blondness is fabulously spot on.]]
** Furthermore, a majority of the main cast were alumni of the annual [=NHK=] Taiga Dramas (historical dramas of various periods of Japanese history), which include:
*** Emi Takei (Tokiwa Gozen from ''Taira no Kiyomori'') as Kaoru.
*** Munetaka Aoki (Tosa administrator Goto Shojiro of ''Ryomaden'' and Benkei from ''Taira no Kiyomori'') as Sanosuke.
*** Kagawa Teruyuki (Tosa ronin and future Mitsubishi founder Iwasaki Yataro of ''Ryomaden'', as well as Rokuheita from ''Komyo ga Tsuji'') [[MythologyGag as]] Kanryu.
*** Image model Yu Aoi (Nagasaki {{geisha}} Omoto of ''Ryomaden'') as Megumi.
*** Eguchi Yosuke (Sakamoto Ryoma from ''Shinsengumi!'' and UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga in ''Gunshi Kanbei'') [[PlayingAgainstType as]] Saito.
*** The aforementioned Koji Kikkawa also counts, considering he played Oda Nobunaga in ''Tenchijin'' and now Saigo Takamori in ''Yae no Sakura''.
*** Retroactively counting for appearing in ''Yae no Sakura'' are Go Ayano (Gein, playing daimyo Matsudaira Katamori of Aizu) and Eiji Okuda (General Yamagata, playing pro-Western scholar Sakuma Shozan).
** The cast for the sequels ''Kyoto Inferno'' and ''The Legend Ends'' have added a lot to this, which include:
*** First and foremost: Tatsuya Fujiwara ([[Manga/DeathNote Light Yagami]], [[Literature/BattleRoyale Shuya Nanahara]], and Okita Soji from NHK's ''Shinsengumi!'') as Shishio.
*** Ryunosuke Kamiki, known for voiceovers in ''Anime/SpiritedAway'', ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'' and ''Anime/SummerWars'', as well as Minamoto no Yoshitsune (both as a child and as an adult in ''Yoshitsune'' and ''Taira no Kiyomori'', respectively) shall be Soujirou.
*** Yukiyoshi Ozawa (Kiso/Minamoto no Yoshinaka from NHK's ''Yoshitsune'' and Saigo Takamori from ''Atsuhime'') shall be [[CanonForeigner Ito Hirobumi]], the first Japanese prime minister.
*** Yusuke Iseya ([[Film/ThirteenAssassins Kiga]], [[Film/SukiyakiWesternDjango an alternate-universe Yoshitsune]] and Takasugi Shinsaku from ''Ryomaden'') shall be Aoshi.
*** Min Tanaka (Tosa councilor Yoshida Toyo from ''Ryomaden'') as Okina.
*** Takito Kenichi (Satsuma councilor Komatsu Tatewaki from ''Ryomaden'') as Hoji.
*** Tao Tsuchiya was cast as [[PluckyGirl Misao]], and she once played the young Sakamoto Tome (the {{Tomboy}}-ish older sister of Sakamoto Ryoma in ''Ryomaden''), [[ActorAllusion so it might just fit]].
*** Hiko Seijuro XIII is portrayed by no other than Masaharu Fukuyama, Sakamoto Ryoma of ''Ryomaden'' himself.
*** [[Series/KamenRiderOOO This isn't the first time that Sawagejo Cho's actor Ryosuke Miura had a bad hairday]].
2nd Apr '16 12:03:26 PM luisedgarf
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* NoDubForYou: The Latin American {{Netflix}} feed does not include the controversial Colombian Spanish dub, partly due to the quality of that dub and partly because the last episode was never dubbed.
30th Mar '16 11:11:57 AM sarysa
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* AnachronismStew: The series is actually so true to history that it can only really be nitpicked in a Trivia section.
** Takeda Kanryu, the wealthy leader of an opium racket, wears a modern lounge suit with a modern tie that could have conceivably existed in the 1870s, but wouldn't be common in that form for another 70 years. At the time, bowties were still in fashion and suits tended to have more layers.
19th Feb '16 4:26:00 AM kirara19
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** Twice for Kenshin in the Japanese original. Creator/MegumiOgata voiced him in the drama CD, while Takarazuka actress Mayo Suzukaze did in the anime.

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** Twice for Kenshin in the Japanese original. Creator/MegumiOgata voiced him in the drama CD, while Mayo Suzukaze, a Takarazuka actress Mayo Suzukaze did actress, went to voice him in the anime.
9th Feb '16 2:10:39 AM kirara19
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* CastingGag: Before it was an anime, ''Rurouni Kenshin'' was adapted as a series of drama [=CD=]s, with a different cast. The actress who played Kaoru in the dramas was later cast in the anime as Kaoru's Expy, Misao.
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: A frequent victim of this, even in media that focus on anime and manga. Kenshin ''is not and was never a samurai'', as that was a distinct social class one had to be born into. One of the English dubs even gets it wrong with the ''title itself''. A similar problem exists for attribution of the theme "''Sobakasu''", as "Judy and Mary" was the name of the ''band'', [[IAmNotShazam not anybody in it]]. (The singer is Yuki Isoya, who goes by "YUKI" in all-caps).

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* CastingGag: Before it was an anime, ''Rurouni Kenshin'' was adapted as a series of drama [=CD=]s, with a different cast. The actress [[Creator/TomoSakurai actress]] who played Kaoru in the dramas was later cast in the anime as Kaoru's Expy, Misao.
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: A frequent victim of this, even in media that focus on anime and manga. Kenshin ''is not and was never a samurai'', as that was a distinct social class one had to be born into. One of the English dubs even gets it wrong with the ''title itself''. A similar problem exists for attribution of the theme "''Sobakasu''", "Sobakasu", as "Judy and Mary" was the name of the ''band'', [[IAmNotShazam not anybody in it]]. (The singer is Yuki Isoya, who goes by "YUKI" in all-caps).



** Twice for Kenshin in the Japanese original.
** Yahiko, like Kenshin. In the dubs, it's case by case.
** Soujirou in the original.

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** Twice for Kenshin in the Japanese original.
original. Creator/MegumiOgata voiced him in the drama CD, while Takarazuka actress Mayo Suzukaze did in the anime.
** Yahiko, like Kenshin.Yahiko is voiced by Creator/MinaTominaga in the Japanese original. In the dubs, it's case by case.
** Soujirou Seta is Creator/NorikoHidaka in the original.



* HeyItsThatVoice: Yutaro [[Manga/OnePiece is gonna become the Pirate King!!]]
** Since no one is mentioning it: Hiko [[Creator/ShuichiIkeda IS]] [[MemeticMutation A]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam CHAR]].

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* HeyItsThatVoice: HeyItsThatVoice:
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Yutaro [[Creator/MayumiTanaka is]] [[Manga/OnePiece is gonna become the Pirate King!!]]
** Since no one is mentioning it: Hiko [[Creator/ShuichiIkeda IS]] [[MemeticMutation A]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam CHAR]].



** The sequels add another one to the list, as Chou will be played by Ryosuke Miura, known to Rider fans as [[Series/KamenRiderOOO Ankh]]. [[ActorAllusion His blondness is fabulously spot on.]]

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** The sequels add another one to the list, as Chou will be is played by Ryosuke Miura, known to Rider fans as [[Series/KamenRiderOOO Ankh]]. [[ActorAllusion His blondness is fabulously spot on.]]



*** Eguchi Yosuke (Sakamoto Ryoma from ''Shinsengumi!'' and OdaNobunaga in ''Gunshi Kanbei'') [[PlayingAgainstType as]] Saito.
*** The aforementioned Koji Kikkawa also counts, considering he played OdaNobunaga in ''Tenchijin'' and now Saigo Takamori in ''Yae no Sakura''.

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*** Eguchi Yosuke (Sakamoto Ryoma from ''Shinsengumi!'' and OdaNobunaga UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga in ''Gunshi Kanbei'') [[PlayingAgainstType as]] Saito.
*** The aforementioned Koji Kikkawa also counts, considering he played OdaNobunaga Oda Nobunaga in ''Tenchijin'' and now Saigo Takamori in ''Yae no Sakura''.



*** And it was recently revealed that Hiko Seijuro XIII is portrayed by no other than Masaharu Fukuyama, Sakamoto Ryoma of ''Ryomaden'' himself.

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*** And it was recently revealed that Hiko Seijuro XIII is portrayed by no other than Masaharu Fukuyama, Sakamoto Ryoma of ''Ryomaden'' himself.



* TheOtherDarrin: Richard Cansino, the voice of Kenshin in the TV series, never got to reprise his role in any of the movies and OVAs. Instead, J. Shannon Weaver plays Kenshin instead. No one knows why.

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* TheOtherDarrin: TheOtherDarrin:
**
Richard Cansino, the voice of Kenshin in the TV series, never got to reprise his role in any of the movies and OVAs. Instead, J. Shannon Weaver plays Kenshin instead. No one knows why.why.
** The Drama CD cast got replaced once the anime started to be in production.



** Honjou Katamari is voiced by Creator/JunkoTakeuchi. Yes, by [[{{Naruto}} Naruto Uzumaki]] and [[HunterXHunter Gon Freecs]].
** Seta Soujirou is voiced by Creator/NorikoHidaka, whose most famous role is as [[TsunDere Akane]] from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''.

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** Honjou Katamari is voiced by Creator/JunkoTakeuchi. Yes, by [[{{Naruto}} [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Naruto Uzumaki]] and [[HunterXHunter [[Manga/HunterXHunter Gon Freecs]].
** Seta Soujirou is voiced by Creator/NorikoHidaka, whose most famous role is as [[TsunDere [[{{Tsundere}} Akane]] from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''.
7th Nov '15 6:50:20 PM K
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* CastingGag: Before it was an anime, ''Rurouni Kenshin'' was adapted as a series of drama [=CD=]s, with a different cast. The actress who played Kaoru in the dramas was later cast as Kaoru's Expy, Misao.

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* CastingGag: Before it was an anime, ''Rurouni Kenshin'' was adapted as a series of drama [=CD=]s, with a different cast. The actress who played Kaoru in the dramas was later cast in the anime as Kaoru's Expy, Misao.
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