New Peace Maker Kurogane Anime Is Film Series Starring Yuuki Kaji, Takahiro Sakurai

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
White Fox's anime of Nanae Chrono manga opens this year

The official Twitter account for the new anime project based on Nanae Chrono's Peacemaker Kurogane manga revealed on Saturday that the project will be an anime film series that will open this year. The announcement did not explicitly state how many films the manga will get, but the kanji used to describe the first film is used to describe at least a two-part film series.

Yuuki Kaji will play an adolescent Tetsunosuke Ichimura, and Takahiro Sakurai will reprise his role from the Peacemaker anime as Susumu Yamazaki. The official website revealed a visual featuring both characters.

White Fox will animate the new film. Hiroshi Takeuchi is directing, and Eiji Umehara is writing. Sayaka Koiso is designing the characters.

The manga's story began with protagonist Tetsunosuke Ichimura as he works under the Shinsengumi's Hijikata Toshizō right before the Meiji Restoration. He seeks strength in order to avenge his parents' after their death by a Chōshū rebel.

Chrono had begun the story under the title Shinsengumi Imon Peace Maker in Square Enix's Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine in 1999. Chrono switched publishers to Mag Garden in 2001 and resumed the story under the title Peacemaker Kurogane in the Monthly Comic Blade magazine, before moving to various publications in the intervening years. The manga then began publication in Monthly Comic Garden in 2014, and Mag Garden also publishes the manga digitally on its Magicomi manga website. Mag Garden published the manga's 11th compiled book volume last September, and will release the 12th volume on April 12.

ADV Manga published the first volumes of this sequel manga in 2004-2005, and ADV Films also released the television anime adaptation. After ADV Manga stopped publishing the series, Tokyopop licensed and released the original five-volume series, and re-released four volumes in the sequel series before the company shut down its North American publishing division in 2011. JManga then licensed both series for digital release and released all the volumes Tokyopop had released, but similarly shut down in 2013.

The manga previously inspired a 24-episode television anime adaptation in 2003. Funimation re-released the anime series on DVD under its "Anime Classics" line in 2011, and re-released it again in September 2015.

The manga also inspired a live-action television series in 2010.

[Via Nijimen]

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