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Ninja Slayer Gets 3-D Animated Book Trailer

posted on by Karen Ressler
Studio Trigger to animate upcoming anime adaptation

Enterbrain began streaming an animated book trailer titled "Katana Sword and Oiran Sorcery" for the latest volume in the Ninja Slayer novel series, Pistol Karate Kesshiken. The video also teases the anime adaptation of the novel series by Studio Trigger, but Studio Trigger was not directly involved in the production of the trailer.

Ninja Slayer will be represented at Anime Expo, which will be held in Los Angeles, California from July 3-6.

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, with character designs by Warainaku. The story then inspired three comic adaptations from Enterbrain and Kodansha, as well as an audio drama with Toshiyuki Morikawa as the title character.

Tokyo Otaku Mode is releasing one of the novels online in English.

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