New Mashin Eiyūden Wataru Anime Gets Manga
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
A manga adaptation of 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 franchise, launched in the summer issue of Shogakukan's Corocoro Aniki magazine on Wednesday. Hideaki Fujii (Battle Spirits: Shōnen Toppa Bashin, Shin Megamitensei DEVIL CHILDREN) is drawing the series.
The anime's first episode received a prequel manga in the magazine's spring issue.
The anime premiered on Bandai Spirits' YouTube channel on April 10, and one new episode was scheduled to debut every other Friday for four episodes. The third and fourth episodes were delayed due to the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and the anime resumed with episode 3 on June 19. The series' five-episode second half is slated to debut in September.
The series' cast members are reprising their roles from earlier anime in the franchise.
Hiroshi Koujina (Hunter x Hunter) is directing the new 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.
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.