Hunter x Hunter Slated for 45+ Episodes, Chihayafuru for 25
posted on by Egan Loo
The English-language Program Licensing Catalogue of the Japanese production company NTV lists the length of its new Hunter x Hunter television anime series as "45+ episodes (tentative)." It also lists the anime adaptation of Yuki Suetsugu's award-winning Chihayafuru manga at 25 episodes. The new Hunter x Hunter anime will premiere on October 2, while Chihayafuru will premiere on October 4.
In a separate development, voice actor Toshio Furukawa revealed on Saturday that he will play Satotz, the first examiner in the Hunter x Hunter story. The character was played by Hitoshi Bifu in the 1999-2001 anime; the other characters in the new anime also have different voice actors from the previous anime.
The "definitive" new anime of Yoshihiro Togashi's Hunter x Hunter manga will run on NTV every Sunday at 10:55 a.m. NTV opened a web page for the new anime, which will retell the manga's story from the beginning.
Hiroshi Koujina (Rainbow - Nisha Rokubō no Shichinin, Neuro - Supernatural Detective) will direct the anime at Madhouse (Death Note, NANA), and Atsushi Maekawa (Dragon Ball Z, Fresh Precure!) is in charge of the scripts. Takahiro Yoshimatsu ("Something Yoshimatsu" of Future GPX Cyber Formula, Slayers) is designing the characters, while Toshio Nakatani is producing.
Update: First Hunter x Hunter anime's dates fixed. Thanks, FireChick.
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