New Blade of the Immortal Anime's Promo Video Reveals Cast, Staff, October Premiere, Amazon-only Streaming
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The official website for Mugen no Jūnin: Immortal-, the new anime adaptation of Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no Jūnin) manga, revealed the show's cast and staff on Thursday. The site also revealed that the anime will premiere in October, and will stream only on Amazon Prime Video. The site does not currently list a television airing for the anime.
The anime stars:
Kenjiro Tsuda as Manji
Ayane Sakura as Rin Asano
Hiroshi Hamasaki (Steins;Gate, Shigurui: Death Frenzy, Orange) is directing the anime at LIDEN FILMS. Makoto Fukami (2016/2017 Berserk, Psycho-Pass) is overseeing the series scripts, Shingo Ogiso (The Heroic Legend of Arslan, The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance) is the character designer, and singer-songwriter Eiko Ishibashi is composing the music.
Other staff members include:
- Art Director: Tadashi Kudo
- Color Designer: Aiko Shinohara
- Director of Photography: Yukihiro Masumoto
- 3DCG Director: Kōji Ichikawa
- Editing: Mai Hasegawa
- Sound Director: Youji Shimizu
- Sound Effects: Akiko Mutō
The anime's website previously stated that the project will be a "complete anime adaptation."
Samura launched the Blade of the Immortal manga in Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon magazine in December 1993, and he completed the series in 2012. The manga's 30 volumes have more than 5.8 million copies in print, and the series has been published in 22 countries and territories. The manga earned an Excellence Prize in the manga category of the 1st Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in 1997, and it won the Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material in 2000. Dark Horse Comics published the Blade of the Immortal manga in North America, and is rereleasing it in omnibus form.
A official sequel manga titled Mugen no Jūnin - Bakumatsu no Shō (Blade of the Immortal - Bakumatsu Arc) launched in the July issue on May 25. Kenji Takigawa is writing the story, and Ryū Suenobu is drawing the art, with Samura credited for collaboration.
The manga already inspired a television anime in 2008, and Media Blasters released the anime in English. Takashi Miike's live-action film adaptation of the manga premiered in Japan in April 2017. The film premiered in North America at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas in September 2017. The film then had a wider theatrical release in November 2017. The manga has also inspired a stage play adaptation.