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Funimation Confirms Shigurui: Death Frenzy License

posted on 2008-05-16 14:54 EDT
DVD, digital, broadcast rights acquired; no release date announced

The North American distributor Funimation has confirmed that it acquired the DVD, digital, and broadcast rights for Shigurui: Death Frenzy, the 12-episode anime adaptation of Takayuki Yamaguchi's historical fighting manga. Yamaguchi's manga itself adapted part of Norio Nanjo's Suruga-jo Gozen Jiai (The Tournament at Suruga Castle) novel, which is set in Edo-era Japan. In the story, The one-armed Fujiki and blind Seigen Irako fight a tournament match to determine the true successor to Kogan Iwamoto, Japan's greatest swordsman.

Director Hiroshi Hamasaki (Texhnolyze) and the Studio MADHOUSE produced the anime. Funimation has not announced its release plans for this project. The company had hinted at the announcement with a teaser image on its website yesterday.

Image © 2007 Norio NanjoTakayuki Yamaguchi (Akitashoten) / Shigurui Partners. Licensed by FUNimation® Productions, Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

ERRATUM: Director Hamasaki's given name should be Hiroshi instead of Hirotsugu. Thanks, braves.


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