12 Professional Rappers Start Their Own Zodiac War

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

In preparation for the upcoming Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War battle action anime premiere in the coming weeks, 12 professional MCs are duking it out in their own kind of battle. A video began streaming on Thursday starring rappers from Freestyle Dungeon rap battle television show rhyming about one of the twelve zodiac-themed fighters from the show. The entire idea was inspired by NisiOisin, the original novel's writer, whose writing is known for its wordplay. Staff were able to draw a connection between NisiOisin's unique writing style and the clever rhymes used by the musical artists.

The rappers, in order of appearance, are:
Dog: Rekko
Rooster: CHARLES
Monkey: MC MIRI
Ram: Ryofu Karuma
Horse: Sukun
Serpent: Luiz
Dragon: ACE
Rabbit: Jō
Tiger: Tsubaki

Naoto Hosoda (The Devil is a Part-Timer!, Shuffle!) is directing the anime series at Graphinica (Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas, Expelled from Paradise). Sadayuki Murai (Knights of Sidonia, Natsume's Book of Friends seasons 3-5) is handling the series composition, Chikashi Kadekaru (Scar-red Rider XechS, Hōkago Mania Club) is designing the characters, and Gō Shiina (Kyousougiga, God Eater) is composing the music at Avex Pictures.

Nisioisin and Nakamura published the novel in May 2015. In the "greatest battle royale novel ever," 12 warriors who are burdened with the names of the 12 Chinese Zodiac members fight with each other's lives and pride at stake, all to grant just one wish. Viz Media will release the novel in hardcover format in October.

NisiOisin and Nakamura previously collaborated on the one-shot manga "Dōshitemo Kanaetai Tatta Hitotsu no Negai to Wari to Sōdemonai 99 no Negai" (The only wish I want granted by all means is comparable to 99 wishes) in Shueisha's Young Jump magazine in January 2015. The stories of the one shot and Jūni Taisen are connected.

Source: Comic Natalie

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