Hyakka Ryōran Samurai Girls Novels Get TV Anime
posted on by Egan Loo
The wraparound jacket band on the fourth volume of Akira Suzuki's Hyakka Ryōran Samurai Girls novels has announced that a television anime adaptation has been green-lit. Suzuki and Monthly Hobby Japan magazine launched this multimedia franchise with the first novel volume last year, and Niθ (Blassreiter, Demonbane, Neppu Kairiku Bushi Lord games) designed the characters.
The story is set in the early 21st century — except in this alternate world, the Tokugawa shogunate never lost power and Japan maintained its enforced seclusion from the rest of the world. The 25th shogun assumed the mantle of Japan's leadership 20 years ago, and the student council enforces the suppression of rebellious elements at a giant academy for children of military families at the foot of Mt. Fuji. (Many of the students carry the names of famous historical figures.)
The girls Yukimura Sanada and Matabei Gotō battle the mostly female members of the ruling student council faction such as Sen Tokugawa ("Sen-hime"), Hanzō Hattori, and others. A 16-year-old male student named Muneakira Yagyū and a female Jūbei Yagyū are caught in the middle.
More information on the anime will be provided at the Tokyo International Anime Fair 2010 next month and in the June issue of Monthly Hobby Japan on March 25. In addition to the novels, Chiruo Kazahana draws a manga version, and the Alter company has been releasing figures based on the characters.
Update: More background information added.
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