Would I read the book?
A thousand times yes! While I know that it’s more likely that this would have a manga instead of a novel or novella, I would still love to have a book version of this thing; especially if it serves as a companion piece that will expound some of the character motivations and journeys.
It would also be cool to see how Sanosuke’s journey to Kyoto went (in case they don’t show that in the next installment).
Some people may argue that these things should have been included in the films already, but I acknowledge that it’s tricky enough to make an entertaining second film (of a trilogy) without having to give every damn character about 45 minutes of “what are they doing now and what they are thinking” footage. In cases like this, I believe that companion media can be useful indeed.
While not perfect, this movie is definitely still worth watching – especially if you grew up with the anime (unless you were a superfan of Aoshi; in which case, I am so very sorry).
This movie is still out nationwide, if you haven’t watched it yet.