Fist of the Blue Sky Anime Casts Nobuyuki Hiyama, Akeno Watanabe
posted on by Karen Ressler
The official website for Fist of the Blue Sky Regenesis, the new television anime of Buronson, Nobuhiko Horie, and Tetsuo Hara's Souten no Ken (Fist of the Blue Sky) manga, announced two additional cast members on Friday. The new cast members are:
Nobuyuki Hiyama as Yè
Akeno Watanabe as Yè Zi-Yīng
Other previously announced cast members include:
Takehito Koyasu as Liú Fēi-Yàn
Sumire Uesaka as Erika Arendt
Setsuji Satoh as Yasaka
Yumi Touma as Pān Yù-Líng
The artist AK-69 performs the anime's opening theme song "Sōten no Hate ni" (To the Ends of the Blue Sky), while Uesaka performs the ending theme song "Inori no Hoshizora" (Starry Night of Prayer).
Yoshio Kazumi (Ajin episode director) is directing the anime at Polygon Pictures, and Satoshi Ozaki supervising and writing the series scripts. Kazuma Teshigahara (Street Fighter IV: The Ties That Bind) and Hiromi Satō are designing the characters.
Buronson and Horie wrote the Fist of the Blue Sky manga, with art by Hara. The manga is a prequel to the Fist of the North Star manga. Fist of the Blue Sky launched in the debut issue of Shinchosha's Weekly Comic Bunch magazine in May 2001 and continued until the magazine ceased publication in August 2010. Shinchosha published the series in 22 compiled book volumes.
It is just before WWII, Kasumi Kenshiro hides as a quiet, absent-minded professor teaching literature at a small women's college in Tokyo. Once the 62nd Grand Master of Hokuto Shinken, "God Fist of the North Star," and known has Yan Wang, or "the King of Death," who preserved the peace in the "City of Devils." A fighter of thugs and drug dealers, Kasumi seeks anonymity and a quiet life until the death of his lover, and former brothers, forces him to return to Shanghai to fulfill his destiny and avenge the deaths of his associates.
Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon magazine launched a new manga in the franchise titled Sōten no Ken: Re:Genesis in October. Buronson is credited with editorial supervision, Hara is credited with the original work, Hiroyuki Yatsu is writing the scripts, and Hideki Tsuji is drawing the manga.