Sword Gai Anime's Part II Reveals Additional Cast, July 30 Premiere
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
The official website for the Sword Gai: The Animation series revealed on Saturday that the anime's Part II will premiere on Netflix on July 30. The website also revealed additional cast members.
The cast includes:
Kazuyuki Okitsu as Kazumo
Ayumu Murase as Kuromaru
Haruka Shiraishi as Syouko
Maria Naganawa as Rie Matoba
Akane Fujita as Sayori
Junichi Yanagita as Kagatsuka
Okitsu is reprising his role from the anime's first part. Other main cast members are also reprising their roles in Part II.
As seen in the visual, Part II will feature two characters voiced by new cast members:
Maaya Uchida as Himiko, the head of the Gabi group. She mastered the Hollow Kempo which enables her to hold dozens of weapons inside her body.
The anime adaptation of Toshiki Inoue, Osamu Kine, and Keita Amamiya's Sword Gai manga premiered with the first 12 episodes worldwide on Netflix on March 23.
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.
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 previously inspired a 3D CG promotional video by Digital Frontier (Wolf Children production, Summer Wars 3D graphics) in 2013.