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Ninja Slayer Anime's Promo Video Previews Scenario

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Anime to debut online globally on April 16, then air in Japan in 2016

A new trailer for the anime of the Ninja Slayer novel series began streaming on Saturday. Ninja Slayer From Animation will premiere on the Japanese streaming website Nico Nico on April 16 at 11:00 p.m. JST.

Narrator: Ninja. A ninja is a demigod entity that controlled society during the Heian period with karate. That truth was forgotten. However, transcending a few thousand years of time, an evil ninja soul was released in the darkness of Neo Saitama! Now, a mysterious ninja soul binds itself to a salaryman who lost his wife and child in a ninja battle! This was the birth of Ninja Slayer, the grim reaper of Neo Saitama!
Text: Dōmo (Hello), I am the Ninja Slayer.
Text: A ninja must kill!
Text on programs: Completion, ancient, data
Text: Sushi, sushi, the target is eating sushi
Text: Ninja Slayer (written as Ninsatsu)

King Records describes the story:

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.

The story was originally posted piecemeal on Twitter by Japanese "translators" Yu 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.

The anime will star:

Toshiyuki Morikawa as Ninja Slayer

Sho Hayami as Dark Ninja

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

The cast members are reprising their roles from the novels' audio drama adaptation.

The anime series will premiere on the Japanese streaming website Nico Nico on April 16 at 11:00 p.m. JST. The series is slated to air on television in Japan in 2016.

The anime will 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 revealed an updated staff list earlier this month:

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

Boom Boom Satellites is performing the main theme song "Back in Black." The rock band Boris will perform the first episode's ending theme song "Kilmister."

Thanks to Kagayaki for the embedded video

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