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Samurai Warriors/Sengoku Musou TV Anime's Promo Previews Yukimura in Action

posted on by Sarah Nelkin
Takeshi Kusao plays younger Sanada brother in January anime

The official website for the television anime of Koei Tecmo Games' Samurai Warriors (Sengoku Musou) game franchise began streaming on Wednesday

Yukinari: I show you the spirit of the Sanada, here and now!
Nobuyuki: I will join the Tokugawa in order to protect the Sanada clan.
Yukinari: I will hold my pride, and fight alongside Mitsunari.
Narrator: This is the story of the sad fate that awaits the Sanada brothers, who were caught in the spiral of an era of chaos. A new warring states chapter begins now!
Nobuyuki: Yukimura!
Narator: New program, Sengoku Musou.

The cast of the series stars:

Takeshi Kusao as Sanada Yukimura

Daisuke Ono as Sanada Nobuyuki

Eiji Takemoto as Ishida Mitsunari

Masaya Takatsuka as Naoe Kanetsugu

Yuko Nagashima as Kunoichi

Makiko Ohmoto as Ina-hime

Satoshi Hino as Ōtani Yoshitsugu

Masaya Matsukaze as Tōdō Takatora

Hideo Ishikawa as Toyotomi Hideyoshi

Tomokazu Sugita as Katō Kiyomasa

Takahiro Fujimoto as Fukushima Masanori

Akio Ohtsuka as Honda Tadakatsu

Jouji Nakata as Tokugawa Ieyasu

Shinichi Yamada as Shima Sakon

Katsuyuki Konishi as Ii Naomasa (seen left) and Maeda Toshiie (right)

Wakana Yamazaki as Nene

Unshou Ishizuka as Hōjō Ujiyasu

Masami Suzuki as Kaihime

Satomi Satou as Hayakawa-dono (Lady Hayakawa)

Nobuyuki Hiyama as Fūma Kotarō (seen above) and Date Masamune (not pictured)

In addition, Ryota Takeuchi will play the roles of both Katakura Kagetsuna and Uesugi Kagekatsu.

The key phrase of the anime's story is: "What are you fighting for?" The story takes place in Japan's tumultuous Sengoku era, where violent battles are being raged across the country. The "passionate and painful" story follows the "troubled fate" of the Sanada brothers, who have sworn an oath that no matter what, they will fight to the bitter end together.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi is on the verge of unifying the realm, and all that remains is the Odawara Castle protected by the "Lion of Sagami" Ujiyasu Hōjō. Hideyoshi's personally trained generals — Ishida Mitsunari, Katō Kiyomasa, and Fukushima Masanori — as well as Ōtani Yoshitsugu, Shima Sakon, and Naoe Kanetsugu are all on the frontline of the battle. Amidst the battle formation are the two young warriors of the Sanada household: older brother Nobuyuki and younger brother Yukimura. As the stalemate begins to break down, Sanada Yukimura rides on a lone horse into the fray. His brother follows him right after.

Koei Tecmo Games software development head Hisashi Koinuma is serving as chief production supervisor of the series. Kōjin Ochi (La Corda D'Oro - primo passo, Case Closed, Sengoku Musou SP: Sanada no Shou) is directing the series, Yuka Yamada (Neo Angelique Abyss, Mushishi, Black Butler) is handling the series composition, and Aki Tsunaki (Chōyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi, Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3: Owari Naki Unmei) is designing the characters. Tezuka Productions and TYO Animations are both animating the series, and NAS is producing the series.

Wagakki Band, a group that combines rock with traditional Japanese instruments and features a vocalist who recites Japanese or Chinese poetry, will perform the show's theme song "Ikusa."

The series will premiere on January 11 on Japanese television.

Images © Koei Tecmo Games / Anime Sengoku Musou Production Committee

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