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Mononoke Anime Gets New Film in 2023, Stage Play (Updated)

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Director Kenji Nakamura, voice actor Takahiro Sakurai return for film

A livestream celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Mononoke anime revealed on Saturday that the anime is getting a film in 2023. The announcement stated the film will be a completely new work.

Kenji Nakamura will return to direct the film, with production at Twin Engine. Takahiro Sakurai will return to voice the Medicine Seller.

The above video also previews other projects to commemorate the 15th anniversary, including a crowdfunding campaign and a stage play. The crowdfunding campaign will launch on both Kickstarter (for overseas fans) and Ubgoe (for fans inside Japan) on June 24.

Another project will feature 12 artists each creating a visual for the franchise. The first visual (below) is from Yaeko Ninagawa, who drew the manga adaptation of the anime.

The Mononoke anime premiered in 2007 and aired for 12 episodes. The series is a spinoff of the Ayakashi - Samurai Horror Tales anime. Specifically, it follows the medicine seller from the "Bakeneko" (Goblin Cat) arc. The Mononoke anime has five arcs, the last of which is titled "Bakeneko."

Kenji Nakamura directed the television anime at Toei Animation, and Takashi Hashimoto designed the characters and served as chief animation director. Yasuharu Takanashi composed the music.

The anime previously streamed on Crunchyroll, but is currently available on other streaming services such as The Roku Channel. New Video Group released the series on DVD in North America in 2014.

Update: Corrected streaming platforms for TV anime, added in Kickstarter and Ubugoe links. Thanks, rahzel rose and ab2143.

Sources: Mononoke anime's 15th anniversary livestream, Comic Natalie via Hachima Kikō

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