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TAF 2007: WOWOW and Madhouse to Animate Shigurui

posted on by Evan Miller
Anime based on historical drama to be animated by Madhouse

Anime production company Madhouse and Japanese cable network WOWOW announced that they are creating a TV anime based on Yamaguchi Takayuki's historical manga Shigurui at a press conference at the Tokyo International Anime Fair on Thursday.

The manga, which currently appears in the manga magazine "Monthly Champion RED", is a samurai drama with a significant number of violent scenes, which some observers say will make the series difficult to animate. The anime will be directed by Hamasaki Hiroshi, who also worked on the 2001 Vampire Hunter D project. In the presentation at TAF, Hamasaki talked about his initial exposure to the manga. "When I was introduced to [the manga] at Madhouse, I knew it was a fantastic work the moment I saw it. However, I also realized that it's a tricky one" said the director, who was joined at the panel by original manga author Yamaguchi Takayuki.

Yamaguchi expressed his support for the project at the panel, saying that the director "understands" the nature of the work. WOWOW is hoping that the cutting edge feel to the series will carry over to the anime, and has expressed that they will work on scheduling the program at a time appropriate to its content.

Source: Anime!Anime!

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