The August 28, 2017 issue of VIZ Media’s digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has announced it will publish the first chapter of the new Rurouni Kenshin arc on September 4, 2017. The new story, titled Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc (Rurouni Kenshin, Meiji Kenkaku Romantan: Hokkaido-hen) in Japan, will debut in Shueisha’s Jump SQ. on the same day.
Kenshin will be the protagonist of the new series and it will have five “arcs.” The manga was originally announced in December 2016 as launching in Spring 2017, but was delayed to Summer 2017.
Watsuki and his wife Kaoru Kurosaki published a two-chapter prologue titled “Rurouni Kenshin Hokkaido-hen Jomaku: Ashitarō Zenka Ari” (Rurouni Kenshin Hokkaido Arc Prologue: The Criminal Ashitaro) for the manga in the Jump SQ. magazine in November 2016 and December 2016. The manga featured a new protagonist named Ashitaro. VIZ Media’s digital Weekly Shonen Jump manga magazine published the prequel in English in December 2016.