Crunchyroll Streams Thunderbolt Fantasy: The Sword of Life and Death Puppet Film

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Film available now to premium members outside of Asia

Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it is streaming the Thunderbolt Fantasy: The Sword of Life and Death (Thunderbolt Fantasy Shōshi Ikken) puppet-show film. The film is available now to premium Crunchyroll members worldwide outside of Asia.

Crunchyroll describes the film:

A tale depicting the root of the animosity between Shā Wú Shēng and Lǐn Xuě Yā, prior to the events of the show.
The cunning thief hires the bloodthirsty swordsman as a bodyguard. Together they will challenge the Sword Arts Assembly...
Based on the spinoff novel, with a screenplay by Gen Urobuchi.
Also includes an all-new story about Shāng Bù Huàn and a prologue that will lead into the second season.

The film opened in Japan on December 2, and it 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 also appeared in the film. The film also features the new character Rōfu Yō. Takanori Nishikawa (T.M. Revolution) voices the character. T.M. Revolution performed 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.

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

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 season premiered in July 2016 and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired.

Source: Crunchyroll (Paul Chapman)

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