Kamen Rider/Garo Creators' Sword Gai Manga Gets TV Anime
posted on by Egan Loo
The November issue of Shogakuan's Monthly Hero's Magazine announced that a television anime adaptation of the dark fantasy manga Sword Gai has been green-lit for Spring 2016. The Flash anime studio DLE (Eagle Talon, Thermae Romae) is producing the anime in collaboration with the entertainment content company Fields. The cast and other details will be announced later.
Toshiki Inoue (Kamen Rider 555, Kamen Rider Agito, Chōjin Sentai Jetman, Chaos;HEAd series composition, screenplay) writes the manga's story, while Osamu Kine draws the manga from original character designs by Keita Amemiya (Garo creator/director, Zeiram character design).
The story revolves around Gai, who was born beside a woman who met her death in a forest. He was adopted by the swordsmith Amon. A few years later, Gai becomes Amon's apprentice, and during the forging of a sword, he loses his right arm. To help him, Amon crushes the demon sword Shiryū (lit. Death Dragon) to form it into Gai's replacement right arm. Gai then is able to fuse with the weapon on his arm, and fights against his enemies.
The manga began serializing in the December 2012 issue of Monthly Hero's Magazine. Shogakukan Creative will publish the fourth compiled volume of the manga on Saturday.
The manga already inspired a 3D CG promotional video by Digital Frontier (Wolf Children production, Summer Wars 3D graphics) last year: