Ryu Fujisaki's Hoshin Engi Manga Gets New TV Anime With New Cast
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
This year's combined 36th and 37th issues of Shueisha's Young Jump magazine is revealing on Thursday that Ryu Fujisaki's Hoshin Engi manga is getting a new television anime adaptation. The wording on the announcement suggests the new anime will be a remake instead of a sequel. The Young Jump issue is also revealing a teaser visual for the anime.
The issue also reveals the new anime's three main cast members.
- Kensho Ono as Taikōbō
- Tomoaki Maeno as Bunchū
- Takahiro Sakurai as Sūpūshan (Sibuxiang)
All three voice actors are different from the previous anime series.
Fujisaki's 23-volume manga originally ran in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1996-2000. The manga is roughly based on the ancient Chinese novel Fengshen Yanyi. The fantasy manga and the first anime adaptation takes place thousands of years ago. An evil sorceress has bewitched the emperor of a powerful dynasty and he has become a mindless puppet. The country is in shambles and evil spirits lurk everywhere. The Confederation of the Immortal Masters plan a bold mission: they send a young master wizard to hunt down the villains and evil warlocks in the devastated lands.
Viz Media released the original manga in English between 2007-2011.
The manga inspired a 26-episode television anime series in 1999. ADV Films released the anime on DVD in 2001-2004 under the title Soul Hunter. Discotek Media later released the anime under the same name on DVD in June 2016.