Fans of Nobuhiro Watsuki’s highly-popular Rurouni Kenshin manga series may have to wait a little longer.

Japanese manga publisher Shueisha has announced in the May issue of Jump SQ. magazine that the release of new arc, Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc, has been delayed to the Summer season.


The January issue of the magazine previously announced that the popular manga’s newest arc was set to be released during the Spring season of this year.

The new manga is set to have five story arcs which will feature Kenshin Himura as the protagonist. Watsuki’s wife, Kaoru Kurosaki, will serving as the manga’s story collaborator.


In November and December last year, Watsuki and Kurosaki published a two-chapter spin-off manga, Rurouni Kenshin Variant Story: The Criminal Ashitaro, which featured a new protagonist named Ashitaro, and Rurouni Kenshin Hokkaido Arc Prologue: The Criminal Ashitaro, which will be prologue to the new arc.

Rurouni Kenshin is a hugely popular manga series, written and illustrated by Nobuhiro Watsuki, which originally ran in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump from April 1994 to November 1999.

The manga has been adapted into several adaptations, including Japanese anime series, three live-action films and a stage musical.