Previously, we let you in on Jump Square’s announcement for a Rurouni Kenshin live-action trilogy covering the Great Kyoto Fire and Legend’s End arcs. Now, the man chosen to play the infamous assassin of Kyoto has been revealed. Tatsuya Fujiwara will take on the role of Shishio Makoto, one of the most iconic villains in manga history. No pun intended, but Shishio Makoto is the truth when it comes to top level evil, and he is definitely one of the reasons Kenshin became as popular as it did. These are high expectations to live up to, but I don’t believe a better man could have been chosen for the job.
Tatsuya Fujiwara’s first major achievement came through his role in the Battle Royale movies as Wild Seven leader Shuya Nanahara. Although’s he starred in numerous movies since then, most people probably remember his stellar acting from the Death Note live-action movies, where he played Light Yagami. Tatsuya Fujiwara is no newbie when it comes to bringing manga characters to life, and I strongly think we can count on him and Takeru Sato to take the Kenshin movies to the next level. For more on Kenshin from us here at SGCafe, click here.
And it seems that Tatsuya Fujiwara is just as excited as his fans. Recently, he commented that, as part of the Kenshin generation, he had been watching the show since his childhood and really cannot believe that he got the chance to be in the movie. Not only is Shishio Makoto a primary character in the film, but he is one of the most popular characters in the series. Knowing this, Tatsuya acknowledges that there will be many different opinions about his performance, but he will continue to work hard and not disappoint.