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Garo Anime Film Reveals Cast, Staff, Title, Fall Opening

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Masei Nakayama returns to star in anime directed by Ushio & Tora's Satoshi Nishimura

The Garo anime film project revealed its main cast member, main staff, Usuzumizakura -Garo- (Gray Cherry Blossoms: Garo) title, and fall opening on Friday. The staff also opened a website that debuted a teaser video and teaser visual.

Masei Nakayama returns to the franchise to voice the protagonist. Satoshi Nishimura (Ushio & Tora, Hajime no Ippo, Trigun) is directing, and Yasuko Kobayashi (Attack on Titan, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure) is writing the script. Masakazu Katsura (Tiger & Bunny, Zetman) is returning from Garo: Crimson Moon to design the characters.

The Tohokushinsha Film Corporation booth at AnimeJapan 2018 will display the teaser video and teaser visual this weekend. The booth will also distribute exclusive postcards with the teaser visual.

The official website describes the story:

The Heian world, the beautiful capital Kyo in its glorious splendor.
When two attractive Onmyōji meet, the sad, ephemeral, yet beautiful cherry blossoms …
… will bloom after a millennium.

The official website of the Garo franchise revealed in November that the Garo: Crimson Moon television anime series is getting an anime film project.

The Garo the Animation and Garo: Crimson Moon television anime aired in 2014 and 2015, respectively, and FUNimation Entertainment streamed both series. Funimation has also released both series on home video. Garo: Divine Flame, a film sequel to Garo the Animation, opened in Japan in May 2016. The latest anime entry in the Garo franchise, Garo -Vanishing Line-, premiered on October 6, and Crunchyroll streamed the series with English subtitles as it aired. Funimation streamed the series with an English dub.

The first 25-episode live-action Garo series premiered on October 7, 2005 and has spawned multiple live-action films and television series. The live-action Zero: Dragon Blood series, the newest entry in the franchise, premiered in January 2017. The Garo: Kaminokiba live-action film, which focuses on Ryūga Dōgai, opened in Japan on January 6. A new live-action film focusing on Raiga Saejima titled Garo: Yuena no Tabibito will open this year. A new live-action television series in the franchise titled Kaminokiba JINGA is also in the works. The show is a spinoff of the series focusing on Ryūga Dōgai, and centers around the character Jinga (played by Masahiro Inoue).

Section23 Films' Kraken Releasing brand announced in October 2016 that it has licensed the original live-action Garo series. The company released the first 13 episodes on Blu-ray Disc on October 17. HDIVE began streaming the series in June. Kraken Releasing released the live-action Garo: Kiba - The Dark Knight! (Kiba ~Ankoku Kishi Gaiden~) special on Blu-ray Disc on February 20. The company will also release the Garo: Red Requiem (Kiba ~Ankoku Kishi Gaiden~) film on April 10 and will release Garo Special: Beast of the Demon Night (Garo Special Byakuya no Majū on June 26.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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