Studio Pierrot Unveils Soul Buster Chinese Co-Production Anime for October
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Studio Pierrot and Chinese streaming site Youku Tudou announced at a press conference on Tuesday that they are co-producing a television anime adaptation of Bai Mao's Soul Buster action comic. The anime will have 12 episodes, with 15 minutes per episode. It will premiere in Japan on Tokyo MX and BS11 on October 4, and on MBS in November, and will also simulcast in China.
The Anime! Anime! industry news website is streaming a promotional video for the anime.
The comics are based on the classical Chinese novel The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and is set in present-day China, where famous figures from history and the novel can be summoned using cards. The story centers on high school student Son Shin, as well as Zhou Yu, who has been revived in the present day. The anime will include The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, "battle," "school," and "card games" as themes.
The cast includes:
(The Japanese phonetic pronunciations are written in italics, and Chinese pronunciations written in plain text — romanizations are not official.)
Rui Tanabe as Zhou Yu (Shū Yu), a former general of the Wu during the Warring States period, whose strategies left their mark on history. Bound by some fate to be the one chosen for Son Shin, she travels with him, but does not recognize Son Shin as her master. Despite being beautiful, she has little taste for femininity.
Seira Ryū as Ryō Un, Son Shin's classmate, and a beautiful honors student. Her family has watched over the Southern Palace for generations, and she treats others as rigidly as she treats herself as successor to that duty. She favors reason over passion, and can sometimes come off as cold in her judgments.
Other cast members include:
- Tetsuya Kakihara as Barin Yi
- Yuko Sanpei as Shuijing
- Tarusuke Shingaki as Zhang
- Tomohiro Nishimura as Emperor Xian of the Han
- Kenichirou Matsuda as Wei Yan (Gi En)
- Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Zhou Cang (Shū Sō)
- Shun Horie as Cao Xing (Sō Sei)
- Ami Koshimizu as Feng Ya
- Daisuke Namikawa as Bo Anzi
- Takayuki Sugo as Cheng Pu (Tei Fu)
- Mari Hino as School Nurse
Kobun Shizuno (Knights of Sidonia, Detective Conan movies 15-20) is credited as overall director, while Odahiro Watanabe is making his directorial debut with the series at Studio Pierrot. Masaya Honda (Karas, Tachumaru Gekijō) will supervise the series' scripts. Tsutomu Miyazawa (Samurai Girls) is designing the characters. Tsutomu Miyazawa (Samurai Girls), Masaaki Sakurai (Monster), and Ippei Ichii (Valkyrie Drive -Mermaid-) are credited as chief animation directors. Toru Koga (No-Rin) is art director.
Other staff members include:
- Prop Design: Hiroyuki Taiga (Dragonaut - The Resonance, Kurenai, Sengoku Collection)
- Effects Supervisor: Takashi Hashimoto (Virgin Fleet, One Piece Film Z, Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Rebellion)
- Color Design: Yoshimi Kawakami (Wolf Girl & Black Prince, Aria the Animation, Umi Monogatari)
- Director of Photography: Shigeteru Asakawa (Samurai Girls, Servamp, Wanna Be the Strongest in the World)
- Editing: Hiromi Sasaki (Onigiri, Samurai Bride, Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero)
- Sound Director: Katsunori Shimizu (Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny, Kite Liberator, The Perfect Insider)
- Music: Akiyuki Tateyama (SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist, Kumamiko - Girl meets Bear)
- Music Production: MAGES.
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