Viz Media Licenses Hunter × Hunter: Phantom Rouge Anime Film (Updated)

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Also: cast announcements for Greed Island Arc

Viz Media announced at Comic-Con International on Thursday that it has licensed the Hunter × Hunter: Phantom Rouge anime film. It will release the film in spring 2018.

Viz Media also announced the following cast members for the Greed Island Arc of the Hunter x Hunter anime series:

  • Biscuit Krueger: Tara Sands
  • Genthru: Todd Haberkorn
  • Nostrade: Beau Billingslea
  • Melody: Dorothy Fahn

Viz Media describes the Hunter × Hunter: Phantom Rougefilm:

A tale of friendship, betrayal and vengeance based on the hit Shonen Jump series!

Once there was a small tribe of people called Kurta lived in a lush and beautiful forest. One day, a group of bandits known as the Phantom Brigade attacked and killed the entire population but one. Their quest was to obtain the eyes of the Kurta people; eyes that turn a brilliant red when excited. Known as the Eyes of Rouge, this color is considered one of the seven most exquisite hues in the world. The sole survivor is none other than a boy named Kurapika. To avenge his people, he has become a Hunter.

The film opened in Japan in January 2013, and ranked #1 on its opening weekend.

Viz Media licensed the 2011 Hunter × Hunter anime, and has thus far released two Blu-ray Disc and DVD sets with an English dub. Adult Swim's Toonami block began airing the anime in April 2016.

Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired. The series retold the story of Yoshihiro Togashi's original manga from the beginning. The story follows Gon Freecs as he strives to become a Hunter in order to find his father and to find the reason why his father abandoned him as a baby to become a Hunter.

Togashi launched the series in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1998, and Viz Media published the manga's 32nd volume in English in April 2014. The manga recently returned from a hiatus on June 26. Shueisha published the manga's 34th volume in Japan on the same day. Before that, the manga had been on hiatus since June 2016. The manga has also inspired an earlier TV series in 1999-2001, the Hunter × Hunter: Phantom Rouge and Hunter × Hunter -The Last Mission- films in 2013, and several OVAs. Viz Media also released the original anime series on DVD.

Update: Viz also Media revealed that the first episode of the 2011 Hunter × Hunter anime will be available for viewing for free on iTunes and other electronic sell-through platforms for a limited time starting at 5:00 p.m. today.

Thanks to Deb Aoki.

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