New Mashin Eiyūden Wataru Project Reveals Animated Promotional Video, Staff

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Staff includes Hiroshi Koujina as director, Momoko Makiuchi as character designer

The official website for "Mashin Eiyūden Wataru Shichi Tamashii no Ryūjinmaru" (Seven-Souled Ryūjinmaru), anime studio Sunrise and Bandai Spirits' Tamashii Nations toy brand's new project in the Mashin Eiyūden Wataru franchise, began streaming an animated promotional video for the project on Monday. The video first screened at the Tamashii Nation 2019 event held from Friday through Sunday.

The video description teases that "a new adventure will start in spring 2020."

The website also revealed the project's staff on Friday.

Hiroshi Koujina (Hunter x Hunter) is directing the project, and Momoko Makiuchi (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) is designing the characters at Studio Live. Astrays is in charge of mechanical design. Shigemi Ikeda and Yukiko Maruyama (My Hero Academia, One-Punch Man) at Atelier Musa are the project's art directors, and Sadayoshi Fujino (Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin) is the sound director. Bandai Spirits is in charge of planning cooperation, and Sunrise is handling production.

The project's story follows series protagonist Wataru, who goes to the world Sōkaizan in response to a call about an incident there. An evil presence shrouds the area, and the robot Ryūjinmaru's power has been sealed. Together with his friends Shibaraku, Toraō, and Himiko, Wataru begins a new journey.

The project is slated to premiere in spring 2020. Hiroshi Koujina, director of photography and guest character designer for the Mashin Eiyūden Wataru 2 anime, appeared at a screening and talk event for the anime at the Tamashii Nation 2019 event on Friday.

Sunrise's original Mashin Eiyūden Wataru television anime series premiered in 1988. The Mashin Eiyūden Wataru 2 sequel debuted in 1990, followed by the Chō Mashin Eiyūden Wataru sequel in 1997. The franchise also inspired three original video anime that debuted between 1989 and 1993.

The franchise's story centers on the elementary school boy Wataru Ikusabe. He aids a crisis in another world, fighting against the evil king Doakuda together with Ryūjinmaru and his friends.

Sources: Bandai's YouTube channel, Tamashii Nations, Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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