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Dusk Maiden of Amnesia Creators' 'To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts' Manga Gets TV Anime

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
MAPPA produces anime starring Katsuyuki Konishi, Ai Kakuma

Anime studio MAPPA announced on Tuesday that it is producing a television anime adaptation of Maybe's to the abandoned Sacred Beasts (Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e) manga that will premiere this year.

Vertical Comics is publishing the manga in English, and it describes the story:

During a protacted civil war that pitted the North against the South, the outnumbered Northerners used dark magic to create monsterous super-soldiers called Incarnates. Now that the war has ended, those Sacred Beasts must learn to make their way in a peaceful society, or face death at the hands of a Beast Hunter.

Nancy Schaal Bancroft, the daughter of an Incarnate, turns to hunting the hunter herself. But once she catches up with her quarry, she discovers hard truths about the lives of these Sacred Beasts.

The cast includes:
Katsuyuki Konishi as Hank, a former captain of an Incarnate Soldier unit that fought on the side of the Union during the Civil War. He always wears a white trenchcoat with a hood, and is known as the "Beast Hunter," due to his travels to hunt down the Incarnate heroes that have reverted to being mere beasts after the war. He still wields his harpoon-like weapon from during the war, and excels at close combat.

Ai Kakuma as Nancy Schaal Bancroft, a girl who travels in search for vengeance for her Incarnate father against the "white-hooded man." Once he encounters this man, Hank, in a certain town, she learns some of the truth behind why the Incarnates, and her father, were both heroes and victims of the war, and why they are being hunted. In search of more answers, she decides to travel with Hank. In contrast to her neat, traditional attire, she wields a large elephant gun, entrusted to her by her father.

Jun Shishido (storyboards and episode director for Yuri!!! on Ice, Death Parade, Banana Fish) is making his series directorial debut with this anime at MAPPA, and Shigeru Murakoshi (Zombie Land Saga) is in charge of the series scripts. Daisuke Niinuma (episode animation director for Banana Fish, Kids on the Slope) is designing the characters, and is also serving as the chief animation director. Takayuki Sano is credited for Incarnate design. Chikako Kamata (Yuri!!! on Ice, Banana Fish) is the color designer, while Hirofumi Morikawa (Banana Fish) is the art director. Momoko Mifune (Yuri!!! on Ice, Banana Fish) is the director of photography, and Satoshi Aihara is the editor.

Manga creator duo Maybe launched the manga in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in June 2014, and Kodansha published the manga's eighth volume in Japan last August, with the ninth volume slated for Friday. Vertical Comics published the seventh volume last December.

The duo's completed Dusk maiden of Amnesia manga inspired a television anime in 2012. Maybe have also been serializing the Tales of Wedding Rings (Kekkon Yubiwa Monogatari) manga in Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine since March 2014. Crunchyroll is digitally publishing the Tales of Wedding Rings manga in English digitally, and Yen Press is publishing the manga in print.

Update: Character profile text added.

Source: to the abandoned Sacred Beasts anime's website, Comic Natalie

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