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Ninja Slayer Anime to Stream in Japan, U.S., Over 20 Other Countries

posted on by Sarah Nelkin
Series to debut online on April 16, then air in Japan in 2016

The official website for Ninja Slayer From Animation, the anime adaptation of the Ninja Slayer novel series, updated on Wednesday, and revealed that the anime will premiere via online streaming. The series will premiere its episodes on the Japanese streaming website Nico Nico on April 16 at 11:00 p.m. JST. The series will then broadcast on Japanese television in 2016.

The anime will also stream in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South America, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaco, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Northern Europe, South Korea, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. (The anime's website lists some regions twice.) The platform or platforms for overseas streaming has yet to been announced.

The series will also be available online in Japan through Niconico Live Ginza, d Anime Store, Anime Pass, Gyao!, Hikari TV, DMM.com, the PlayStation Store, Bandai Channel, Rakuten ShowTime, and Video Market.

The website is also revealing an updated staff list:

Series Director, Series Composition: Akira Amemiya
Scripts: Yū Satō
Character Design: Hiroyuki Imaishi, Yusuke Yoshigaki, illustrators saitom, Serere Inato, and Shinjiro
Art Director: Akira Katsuta, Young-jae Lee (QREAZY)
Color Key: Akemi Nagao (Wish)
Director of Photography: Kentaro Kashiwagi (Asura Film)
Music: Shinichi Osawa, Kenji Fujisawa (Team-MAX)
Music Production: Starchild Records
Sound Director: Yuki Satofumi
Sound Production: grooove
Animation Production: Trigger
Production: Ninja Committee

The website also unveiled two new key visuals:

The cast will star:

Toshiyuki Morikawa as Ninja Slayer

Shō Hayami as Dark Ninja

Masane Tsukayama as Laomoto Khan
Chiwa Saito as Nancy Lee
Sora Amamiya as Koki Yamoto
Risa Taneda as Dragon Yukano
Tesshō Genda as Clone Yakuza
Goblin as the Narrator

The cast will be reprising their roles from the novel's audio drama.

King Records lists the story for the anime:

Kenji Fujikido is a salaryman whose wife and child were killed in a ninja turf war. In a brush with his own death, Fujikido is possessed by an enigmatic ninja soul known as Naraku Ninja. Fujikido cheats death and becomes "Ninja Slayer" -a Grim Reaper destined to kill evil ninja, committed to a personal war of vengeance. Set in the dystopian underworld of Neo-Saitama, Ninja Slayer takes on Soukai Syndicate ninja in mortal combat.

Akira Amemiya will serve as series director, while Studio Trigger will animate the series. Boom Boom Satellites will perform the theme song, "Back in Black."

The story was originally posted piecemeal on Twitter by Japanese "translators" Yū Honda and Leika Sugi, 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 comic adaptations from Enterbrain and Kodansha (including Kōtarō Sekine's Ninja Slayer Kills in Shōnen Sirius), as well as an audio drama with Toshiyuki Morikawa as the title character.

Source: animeanime.jp

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