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

posted on 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, Garōden).

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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