Thunderbolt Fantasy Shōshi Ikken Side-Story Film Previewed in Making-of Video

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Film opens in Japan on December 2

The official website for the Thunderbolt Fantasy puppet-show project began streaming the first in a series of "making of" videos on Friday for the Thunderbolt Fantasy Shōshi Ikken side-story theatrical project. The video starts off with footage from the film, and then shows the film's original announcement at AnimeJapan 2017 before showing behind-the-scenes footage with puppeteers. The video also features interviews with Gen Urobuchi and Nitroplus president Takaki Kosaka.

The film will screen in eight theaters in Japan starting on December 2. The film will screen at five of those theaters from December 2-8, and will screen at 109 Cinemas Osaka Expo City and United Cinemas Toyosu from December 2-14, and at ufotable Cinema from December 2-15.

The theatrical project stars:

  • Junichi Suwabe as Shāng Bù Huàn (Shōfukan) / Rèn Wú Fēng (Jin Muhō)
  • Kousuke Toriumi as Lǐn Xuě Yā (Rin Setsu A) / Lüè Fēng Qiè Chén (Ryō Fū Setsujin)
  • Isshin Chiba as Tekkisen
  • Nobuyuki Hiyama as Shā Wú Shēng (Setsu Mu Shō) / Míng Fèng Jué Shā (Mei Hō Kessatsu)

A new glasses-wearing character named Shō Kyō Ken will also appear in the film. The film will also feature the new character Rōfu Yō. Takanori Nishikawa (T.M. Revolution) will voice the character.

T.M. Revolution is performing a Chinese version of the theme song "Raimei" for the theatrical project. Gen Urobuchi is credited with the original work, script, and as the chief supervisor.

Thunderbolt Fantasy Shōshi Ikken will adapt the "Satsumushō-hen" (Shā Wú Shēng Chapter) story from the Thunderbolt Fantasy: Tōriken Kōki Gaiden (Thunderbolt Fantasy Side Story) novel that Nitroplus published on April 7. The film will also adapt a new story about "Shōfukan" (Shāng Bù Huàn) written by Gen Urobuchi.

A second season of the original Thunderbolt Fantasy series is green-lit for 2018.

Urobuchi (Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero, Psycho-Pass, Aldnoah.Zero) was credited with the first season's original work, and he also wrote the scripts and served as chief supervisor. Nitroplus was credited with the character designs, and Good Smile Company was credited as the "modeling adviser." PILI Multimedia Inc., a well-known hand puppet drama production company in Taiwan, produced the series. Hiroyuki Sawano (Attack on Titan, Aldnoah.Zero, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress) composed the music and Yoshikazu Iwanami was the sound director. T.M. Revolution performed the theme song "Raimei."

The first 13-episode series premiered in July 2016 in Japan, and Crunchyroll streamed the series outside of Asia.

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