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Sword Gai Anime Reveals New Cast Members, Theme Song Artist, March Worldwide Debut

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda

The official website for Sword Gai: The Animation, the anime adaptation of Toshiki Inoue, Osamu Kine, and Keita Amamiya's Sword Gai manga, revealed additional cast members, the opening theme song artist, and its March 23 worldwide premiere on Friday.

The additional cast includes:

Jouji Nakata as Amon Ogata

Tomokazu Sugita as Naoki Miki

Hiro Shimono as Marcus Lithos

Toshihiko Seki as Takuma Miura

Rina Satou as Kyōka Kagami

Takaya Kuroda as Grimms

Yūto Uemura performs the opening theme song "Sadame Goto" (What is Predestined) as his character Gai Ogata.

The anime will premiere worldwide on Netflix on March 23.

The rest of the cast includes (from left to right in image below) Yuichiro Umehara as Seiya Ichijō, Yūto Uemura as protagonist Gai Ogata, and Yuka Aisaka as Sayaka Ogata.

Takahiro Ikezoe (Show by Rock!! director) is serving as chief director while Tomohito Naka (New Theatrical Movie Initial D Legend 2: Racer) is directing. Original writer Toshiki Inoue is handling series composition. Atsuko Nakajima (Getbackers) is designing the characters, Toshiki Kameyama (Nisekoi) is the sound director, and Kotaro Nakagawa (Code Geass) is composing the music. LandQ studios is listed as the primary animation production company along with DLE Inc. and Production I.G.

Other staff members include:

Art Director: Seiko Akashi
3D Directors: Akihiko Kimura, Kenji Isobe
Color design: Masato Sasaki

Monthly Hero's Magazine originally announced the anime in 2014. At the time, the announcement noted that the anime would be a collaboration between Flash anime studio DLE Inc. (Eagle Talon, Thermae Romae) and entertainment content company Fields.

The story revolves around Gai, who was born beside a woman who met her death in a forest. He was adopted by the swordsmith Amon. A few years later, Gai becomes Amon's apprentice, and during the forging of a sword, he loses his right arm. To help him, Amon crushes the demon sword Shiryū (lit. Death Dragon) to form it into Gai's replacement right arm. Gai then is able to fuse with the weapon on his arm, and fights against his enemies.

Inoue (Kamen Rider 555, Kamen Rider Agito, Chōjin Sentai Jetman, Chaos;HEAd series composition, screenplay) wrote the manga's story, while Osamu Kine drew the manga from original character designs by Keita Amemiya (Garo creator/director, Zeiram character design). The manga began serializing in the December 2012 issue of Monthly Hero's Magazine, and ended in October 2015. Shogakukan published six volumes for the series. A sequel series, titled Sword Gai Evolve and with the same creative staff, launched in Monthly Hero's Magazine in November 2015, and is currently ongoing. Shogakukan published the manga's third compiled book volume last June.

The manga already inspired a 3D CG promotional video by Digital Frontier (Wolf Children production, Summer Wars 3D graphics) in 2013.

Source: Comic Natalie

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