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Fuse Historical Fantasy Anime Film's Trailer Streamed

posted on by Egan Loo
Adaptation of novel by Gosick's Kazuki Sakuraba based on epic tale to open on October 20

The official website for the Fuse Teppō Musume no Torimonochō (Fuse: A Gun Girl's Detective Story) anime film adaptation of Fuse Gansaku: Satomi Hakkenden novel by Kazuki Sakuraba (Gosick) began streaming the full trailer on Friday. The 104-second video introduces the film's title gun girl Hamaji who hunts dog-human hybrids known as Fuse. The film will open in Japan on October 20 with the theme song "Chōchō Musubi," featured in the trailer, by singer Chara.

In Kyokutei Bakin's classic Japanese epic novel Nansō Satomi Hakkenden, eight samurai serve the Satomi clan during Japan's tumultuous Sengoku (Warring States) era. The Edo-era samurai are the reincarnations of the spirits that Princess Fuse mothered with a dog named Yatsufusa. In Sakuraba's Fuse Gansaku: Satomi Hakkenden novel, the female hunter Hamaji comes to her brother in order to hunt Fuse. Thus, the karmic cycle of retribution that began long ago with the Satomi family begins anew.

A manga adaptation of the story by hakus is serializing in Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine. The original Hakkenden novel already inspired the Hakkenden: Legend of the Dog Warriors video anime series (Geneon Entertainment), the 1999 science-fiction television anime re-imagining, Shin Hakkenden, and numerous other adaptations. Fuse Teppō Musume no Torimonochō will be the tale's first theatrical anime film adaptation. The Japanese publisher Bungeishunjū is producing the film as its 90th anniversary commemorative project.

Masayuki Miyaji (Xam'd: Lost Memories) will debut as a theatrical anime film director with a script by Ichiro Okouchi (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion). Designers Okama (Evangelion remake films) and Seiichi Hashimoto (Xam'd: Lost Memories) and composer Michiru Oshima (first Fullmetal Alchemist anime) are also contributing.

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