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New Blade of the Immortal Anime Reveals 6 New Cast Members

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda

The October issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine revealed on Saturday more cast members for Mugen no Jūnin: Immortal-, the new anime adaptation of Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no Jūnin) manga. The new cast members include:

Nozomu Sasaki as Kagehisa Anotsu

Eiji Hanawa as Sabato Kuroi

Houko Kuwashima as Makie Otono-Tachibana

Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Taito Magatsu

Shunsuke Sakuya as Eiku Shizuma

Shinya Fukumatsu as Sōsuke Abayama

The previously revealed cast members include:

Kenjiro Tsuda as Manji

Ayane Sakura as Rin Asano

The anime will premiere in October, and will stream only on Amazon Prime Video.

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.

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.

Source: Afternoon October issue


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