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Online video streaming service Hulu began streaming the anime film Fuse: Memoirs of a Hunter Girl (Fuse Teppō Musume no Torimonochō) with English subtitles in its entirety this week. Streaming is available for free users as well as members.
The film, which opened in Japan last October, is an adaptation of Kazuki Sakuraba's Fuse Gansaku: Satomi Hakkenden novel. In Kyokutei Bakin's classic Japanese epic novel Nansō Satomi Hakkenden, eight samurai serve the Satomi clan during Japan's tumultuous Sengoku (Warring States) era. The Edo-era samurai are the reincarnations of the spirits that Princess Fuse mothered with a dog named Yatsufusa. In Sakuraba's novel, the female hunter Hamaji comes to her brother in order to hunt Fuse. Thus, the karmic cycle of retribution that began long ago with the Satomi family begins anew.
Hakus' manga adaptation of the story is currently running in Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine. The original Hakkenden novel also inspired the Hakkenden: Legend of the Dog Warriors video anime series (Geneon Entertainment), the 1999 science-fiction television anime re-imagining, Shin Hakkenden, and numerous other adaptations. Fuse Teppō Musume no Torimonochō was the tale's first theatrical anime film adaptation. The Japanese publisher Bungeishunjū produced the film as its 90th anniversary commemorative project.
Masayuki Miyaji (Xam'd: Lost Memories) made his debut as a theatrical anime film director with a script by Ichiro Okouchi (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion). Designers Okama (Evangelion remake films) and Seiichi Hashimoto (Xam'd: Lost Memories) and composer Michiru Oshima (first Fullmetal Alchemist anime) also contributed.
Thanks to tuxedocat for the news tip.