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New Berserk TV Anime's Cast, Staff, July Premiere Unveiled

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda

This year's seventh issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine is announcing the cast, staff, and July premiere for the new television anime of Kentarō Miura's Berserk dark fantasy manga on Friday.

Shin Itagaki (Basquash!, Ben-To, Teekyū) is directing the anime. Makoto Fukami (Psycho-Pass, Ōsama-tachi no Viking, Yuruyuri San Hai!) is supervising the series scripts in collaboration with Takashi Yamashita (Cencoroll). Hisashi Abe (Pet Shop of Horrors, Gunslinger Girl, Chobits) is designing the characters. Shiro Sagisu (Berserk films, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Megazone 23) is composing the music. LIDEN FILMS is credited for production, while GEMBA and Millepensee are credited for animation production.

Susumu Hirasawa (Berserk series and films, Millennium Actress, Paranoia Agent) is composing an insert song for the anime titled "Hai yo" (Ash).

The series will run on the WOWOW channel and in MBS's "Animeism" programming block. The new anime will be titled, simply, Berserk. The anime will have a stage event during the AnimeJapan 2016 event this weekend.

The official website had streamed a teaser promo video for the series in December.

Miura commented in Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine in December that the anime project will depict Guts in his "Black Swordsman" appearance, which is only revealed in parts of the manga that go beyond any previously animated Berserk story, and is only briefly hinted at in the first and last episode of the 1997 television anime series.

The 1997 Berserk television anime series will get a newly priced Blu-ray Disc release with the 2012 HD remaster. The new boxset is slated for an April 20 release, and will cost 18,000 yen (about US$148).

Miura put his Berserk manga on hiatus in December, and the next chapter is planned to arrive "around" this summer. The manga will then be published as an irregular series.

Hakusensha published the 37th compiled book volume of Berserk in Japan in March 2013. Dark Horse Comics published the same volume in North America in December 2013. As of July, the manga has 27 million copies in print in Japan and 8 million copies in print overseas.

The manga inspired a new movie trilogy from Studio 4°C in 2012-2013 that Viz Media released in North America.

In addition, the magazine reveals that the 38th volume of the manga is slated for June 24.

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