Ikkitousen's New TV Anime, Xtreme Xecutor, Confirmed (Update 2)
posted on by Egan Loo
The January issue of Wani Books' Monthly Comic Gum magazine has confirmed that production on a new Ikkitousen television anime series, Ikkitousen XX, has been green-lit. It will be the fourth television series based on Yuji Shiozaki's Ikkitousen manga about girls in fighting tournaments. (The manga runs in Monthly Comic Gum.)
Geneon Entertainment once released the first Ikkitousen anime series in North America, and Funimation now has the license. Media Blasters announced at Anime Expo 2007 that it had licensed the second Ikkitousen anime series, Ikkitousen: Dragon Destiny. Media Blasters CEO John Sirabella has since revealed earlier this month that his company acquired the third series, Ikkitousen Great Guardians, as well. Tokyopop released the original manga in North America under the name Battle Vixens.
Update: The official website has launched. The "XX" of the title stands for "Xtreme Xecutor." The character Bachou Mouki (Aya Endo) — the loose analogue of the Ma Chao character from the Chinese legend Romance of the Three Kingdoms — will appear for the first time in the anime along with original characters not seen in the manga. The main cast from the previous anime series will return with the original voice actressess.
A Volume O DVD will be sold in advance with a special OS: Ikkitousen PR card from the Chaos trading card game at the Comic Market 77 event in Tokyo this December.
Koichi Ohata (Ikkitousen: Dragon Destiny, Burst Angel, You're Under Arrest: Full Throttle) is directing and supervising the series scripts. Rinshin (Ikkitousen: Great Guardians) is designing the characters along with chief animation director Junji Goto (School Days, School Days: Magical Heart Kokoro-chan). Yasuharu Takanashi is providing the music as he did for Ikkitousen: Dragon Destiny, Ikkitousen: Great Guardians, and Gantz. Genco is producing the project, and TNK is in charge of the animation in collaboration with ARMS.
Update 2: According to Neowing, the Ikkitousen: Xtreme Xecutor Volume 0 Mochiron Misechau Mushūsei Da yo! DVD will also be available in regular retail stores on January 22, and the television series itself will premiere in April.
Image © Yuji Shiozaki, Wani Books/Ikkitousen XX Partners
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