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Ninja Slayer Novels' Online English Release, English-Dubbed Trailer Unveiled

posted on by Karen Ressler
Studio Trigger to animate adaptation of "American" novels

Enterbrain opened a teaser website on Thursday for the anime adaptation of the Ninja Slayer novel series. The site confirms that Studio Trigger will animate the series, and that Ninja Slayer will be represented at Anime Expo, which will be held in Los Angeles, California from July 3-6.

In addition, Tokyo Otaku Mode unveiled an English version of one novel, and Enterbrain began streaming an English-dubbed book trailer on Thursday for Ninja Slayer: Neo Saitama in Flames volume 1.

The "cyberpunk ninja action drama" is set in the near-future city of Neo Saitama, where ninja souls have been unleashed. The story follows Fujikido Kenji, a salaryman whose wife and children were killed in a ninja battle. He is then possessed by a ninja soul and becomes a Ninja Slayer, devoted to killing all ninja to avenge his family.

The story was originally posted piecemeal on Twitter by Japanese "translators" Honda Yu and Sugi Leika, allegedly translating the work of American authors "Bradley Bond and Philip Ninj@ Morzez." After the story grew in popularity, Enterbrain published the first Japanese-translated volume in print, Ninja Slayer: Neo Saitama in Flames, in September 2012. The story then inspired three comic adaptations from Enterbrain and Kodansha, as well as an audio drama with Toshiyuki Morikawa as the title character.

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