Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Yumi Uchiyama Star in Kengan Ashura Anime (Updated)
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The premiere panel at Anime Expo for the anime adaptation of Yabako Sandrovich's Kengan Ashura manga announced the cast for the anime on Saturday.
The show stars: (from left to right in above image)
- Yumi Uchiyama as Kaede Akiyama
- Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Ōma Tokita
- Chō as Kazuo Yamashita
- Jouji Nakata as Hideki Nogi
The anime will stream globally only on Netflix in 2019, and is also slated to air on television in Japan.
Seiji Kishi (Danganronpa The Animation, Yuki Yuna Is a Hero) is directing the anime at Larx Entertainment. Makoto Uezu (Akame ga KILL!, The Heroic Legend of Arslan) is in charge of series composition, and Kazuaki Morita (Tsukigakirei, Assassination Classroom) is designing the characters. Team-MAX's Yasuharu Takanashi (Fairy Tail, Naruto Shippūden) is composing the music.
In the manga's story, businesses and merchants wager large sums of money to hire combatants for unarmed hand-to-hand fighting matches. The winner takes all in these Kengan competitions that originated during the Edo period. Merchants use the fights as a means to resolve disputes with each other.
The strong and mysterious Ōma Tokita, whose nickname is Ashura, enters these matches. Nogi Group president Hideki Nogi keeps his ambitions to himself when he meets Ashura. Events begin to swirl around the Kengan fights as Ashura enters the fray.
Sandrovich launched Kengan Ashura with Daromeon's illustrations in the Manga ONE app in 2012. Shogakukan released the 24th volume on April 12. The series' compiled volumes have a total of more than 1.5 million copies in print. The manga won a fan voting contest in 2015 to receive the adaptation.
Update: Corrected Yumi Uchiyama's name.
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