Blade of the Immortal Anime Reveals 9 More Cast Members
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
The official Twitter account for Mugen no Jūnin: Immortal, the new anime adaptation of Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no Jūnin) manga, revealed nine new characters and cast members on Friday.
The newly announced cast members are:
Yousuke Akimoto as Saburō Anotsu
Masato Obara as Araya Kawakami
Jouji Nakata as Kagimura Habaki
Marika Hayashi as Kyakurin
Hiroshi Shirokuma as Giichi
Tooru Nara as Shira
Chikahiro Kobayashi as Shinriji
Tomokazu Seki as Sōri
Ako Mayama as Yaobikuni
The first two episodes of the anime will premiere on October 10 worldwide (except in some areas) exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. The anime's website previously stated that the project will be a "complete anime adaptation" of the original story.
The previously announced cast members include:
Kenjiro Tsuda as Manji
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
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.
Kiyohar is performing the anime's opening theme song "Survive of Vision." (The song was created specifically for this anime.)
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.