Anime Spotlight: Brave10

by Justin Sevakis, Dec 14th 2011

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Brave10

Premieres January 2012 in Japan

Introduction

The chaos of the Warring States! Lightning-fast ninja action! It's time to show you! The strongest, bravest warriors are gathered here!

Story

The Warring States Era, one year prior to the Battle of Sekigahara. The young and directionless Iga Ninja, Kirigakure Saizo, comes across Isa Nami, a Miko who escaped from Izumo and was being attacked by assassins. Isa Nami was on her way to Shinshu to seek aid from Sanada Yukimura after the Izumo Grand Shrine was burned to the ground by assailants under Tokugawa Ieyasu's command.

Meanwhile, Sanada Yukimura tries to gather 10 of the strongest warriors to form the Sanada Ten Braves, to serve as his trump card in the brewing wars. As the brave warriors gather and battles erupt, Isa Nami 's hidden power begins to awaken...?!

The Sanada Ten Braves, history's most beautiful, magnificent warriors! Together these ten hold the power to shape history!!

Characters

Kirigakure Saizo
VA: Daisuke Ono
The protagonist, an Iga Ninja known by the name of Marishi-ten, Saizo makes his living as an assassin. Though he possesses masterful skill, he distrusts the loyalty relationship between lord and vassal, so he doesn't serve any lord. His weapons are a large kunai called "Mari-Blade" and a smaller kunai. He hates Koga ninja.
Sarutobi Sasuke
VA: Tetsuya Kakihara
A member of the Koga Ninja, and head of Sanada's ninja squad. His loyalty towards Yukimura is strong, and he takes pride in being a warrior. His speech is a bit broken, and he's not the best at getting along with others, but his ability to manipulate animals is powerful, and he holds command over horned owls, weasels, and many other creatures of the forest. He hates Iga ninja.
Unno Rokuro
VA: Hiroshi Kamiya
Yukimura's page, Rokuro is always found at his side. His clan has served the Yukimura Family for generations, and Yukimura places tremendous trust in him. He is silent and composed, but he often remonstrates Yukimura for his unheard-of behavior. His right eye is wrapped in bandages. In emergencies he attacks by emitting ultrasonic waves from his mouth.
Sanada Yukimura
VA: Toshiyuki Morikawa
Lord of Ueda Castle. An eccentric man, and though he seems sloppy at first glance, he is a broad minded fellow. His stubble and casual dress makes him seem like he's not a feudal lord, and Saizo often calls him 'old man'.
Yuri Kamanosuke
VA: Motoki Takagi
Leader of a group of brigands. He lures travelers onto an unsteady suspension bridge in the mountains and pillages their belongings. His weapon is a kusari-gama. He can manipulate the wind at his will and uses a technique called "Secret Art of the Yuri Kusari-Gama". A cruel, hedonistic, and crazy person who gets an extreme thrill from the sight of blood.
Isa Nami
VA: Rina Satou
She's a miko (priestess) from Izumo. She's a big eater, and her favorite foods are soba noodles and sweets. A baby-face, she was found beneath the tori of Izumo Grand Shrine and raised by the head priestess there. When her shrine was burnt down by Tokugawa she sought aid from Sanada Yukimura in Shinshu. It appears that the kushi-mitama she was entrusted with holds a mysterious power...?
Anastasia
VA: Yu Asakawa
A beautiful woman with blonde hair and huge breasts. Though she looks like a foreigner, she is actually a female member of the Iga ninja, and an old friend of Saizo's. She is a wielder of ice magic, capable of freezing water and mist in an instant, and thus is known as "Anastasia the Frozen Flower". She was one of the assassins targeting Yukimura, but when she was defeated she joined the Sanada. Her nickname is Ana.
Kakei Juzo
VA: Ryotaro Okiayu
One of Yukimura's vassals. He is a master with the matchlock, and never misses a shot. He calls his favorite gun Saya, and takes good care of her. He is extremely diligent and stiff. Apparently he travels the land to gather information under Yukimura's orders. He can hold his liquor, but he's weak around women and has a fear of heights.
Nezu Jinpachi
VA: Kazuya Nakai
The head of a band of pirates controlling Lake Biwa. He possesses the power to manipulate lightning at will. He hits it off with Kakei when they meet during his travels, and the two swear an oath of brotherhood. He's a free spirit who hates being tied down, and loves liquor, women and his ship to no end. His partner is a black panther, Veronica.
Miyoshi Seikai Nyudo
VA: Kazunari Tanaka
Claims to be Isa Nami's brother. He was the first to find her when she was abandoned at the shrine, and they were raised as siblings, but when he turned 15 he left Izumo. "The more you believe in, the better chance you have of being saved," is his creed, so he places his faith in a wide variety of religions. A large man of great strength, he has an extraordinary soft spot for Isa Nami.
Benmaru
VA: Izumi Kitta
A young boy who meets Saizo and the others during their travels. Despite his young age, his skill with fireworks and traps is enough to make sport of adults, and he's seeking a lord worth serving. His real name is Mochizuki Rokuro, but Yukimura gives him the name Benmaru to distinguish him from Unno Rokuro.
Date Masamune
VA: Takehito Koyasu
A commander in control of Oushu, Masamune is a soldier of fortune who loves showing off. He has absolute confidence in his swordsmanship, and desires a world so troubled that it can be conqured through battle. For that reason he seeks to destroy the Kushi-mitama said to be able to quell the chaos in their world. After a certain incident, he begins paying careful attention to Yukimura.
Hattori Hanzo
VA: Takahiro Sakurai
One of Tokugawa Ieyasu's spies, though he holds no shred of loyalty towards him, and plots to seize control of the land from the shadows. Cruel and heartless, his specialty is making use of his speed to attack, and might even boast more talent as a ninja than Saizo...! He's after the Kushi-mitama that Nami Isa holds, so that he might seize its great power for himself.

Cast

Kirigakure Saizo
Daisuke Ono
Sarutobi Sasuke
Tetsuya Kakihara
Unno Rokuro
Hiroshi Kamiya
Sanada Yukimura
Toshiyuki Morikawa
Yuri Kamanosuke
Motoki Takagi
Isa Nami
Rina Satou
Anastasia
Yu Asakawa
Kakei Juzo
Ryutaro Okiayu
Nezu Jinpachi
Kazuya Nakai
Miyoshi Seikai Nyudo
Kazunari Tanaka
Benmaru
Izumi Kitta
Date Masamune
Takehito Koyasu
Hattori Hanzo
Takahiro Sakurai

Staff

Original Creator
Kairi Shimotsuki
(published in Media Factory's "Monthly Comic GENE")
Director
Kiyoko Sayama
Series Composition
Mamiko Ikeda
Character Design
Yukiko Ban
Sound Director
Satoshi Motoyama
Music
Seikou Nagaoka
Aniamtion Production
Studio Sakimakura
Production
TMS Entertainment


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