Kurozuka's 1st Episode Streamed by Crackle in U.S.

posted on 2012-01-11 07:00 EST by Egan Loo
Madhouse's anime of Takashi Noguchi, Baku Yumemakura's supernatural action manga

The American streaming service Crackle posted the first English-dubbed episode of the 2008 Kurozuka television anime series on its YouTube channel on Monday. Director Tetsuro Araki and the anime studio Madhouse adapted Takashi Noguchi's 2002-2006 Kurozuka manga, which in turn adapted a supernatural action novel by Baku Yumemakura (Onmyoji, The Summit of the Gods, Amon Saga, Garoden).

The story follows a 12th-century man named Kurō, who was inspired by the real-life historical figure Minamoto no Yoshitsune. Kurō flees into the mountains after losing to his brother Minamoto no Yoritomo — the first Shogun to rule all of Japan. History records that he committed suicide, but instead, Kurō meets a strange, beautiful woman named Kuromitsu in her mountain hermitage. Eventually, Kurō falls in love with Kuromitsu, but then realizes she conceals a dark secret. He learns that he is unable to die and continues to live for a thousand years as Japan evolves into a future society.

The anime was not released in America before.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news tip.

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