Fate/Grand Order's Hitoshi Nanba Directs Golden Kamuy Anime at Geno Studio

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Baccano!/Durarara!!'s Noboru Takagi handles series composition

Geno Studio announced on Monday that it will produce the television anime adaptation of Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga. The company had teased on Tuesday that it would reveal three new television anime projects on Monday.

Hitoshi Nanba (Fate/Grand Order: First Order, Gosick, Heroman, Baki the Grappler, We have always been 10 cm apart.) is directing the series, and Noboru Takagi (Baccano!, Durarara!!, Altair: A Record of Battles, Kuroko's Basketball) is handling the series composition. Kenichi Ohnuki (Gundam Build Fighters, Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters, Samurai Gun) is adapting the character designs for animation.

Fuji TV producer Kōji Yamamoto established Geno Studio in 2015. The studio is a 100% subsidiary company of the anime production company Twin Engine. Yamamoto founded the studio to complete the Genocidal Organ anime film following studio Manglobe's filing for bankruptcy.

Viz Media has licensed the Golden Kamuy manga, and it describes the first volume:

In the early twentieth century, Russo-Japanese War veteran Saichi “Immortal” Sugimoto scratches out a meager existence during the postwar gold rush in the wilderness of Hokkaido. When he stumbles across a map to a fortune in hidden Ainu gold, he sets off on a treacherous quest to find it. But Sugimoto is not the only interested party, and everyone who knows about the gold will kill to possess it! Faced with the harsh conditions of the northern wilderness, ruthless criminals and rogue Japanese soldiers, Sugimoto will need all his skills and luck—and the help of an Ainu girl named Asirpa—to survive.

Noda launched the ongoing manga in Shueisha's Young Jump magazine in 2014. Shueisha published the manga's 11th volume on August 18. The manga has more than 3.2 million copies in print.

Noda received a Manga Taisho award for the manga in March 2016. The series was also nominated for Best General Manga at the 40th annual Kodansha Manga Awards and for the 20th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize last year.

Viz Media published the manga's first volume on June 20.

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