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Summer 2011 Anime Preview: Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi

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The summer season of anime is almost upon us and one show kicking off in July on the 8th is that of Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi. The series, animated by studio Zexcs with direction by Takashi Yamamoto (Final Approach, jewelpet Tinkle), is based on the light novels by Takaya Kagami and Yuu Kamiya which have also seen a manga series adaptation as well that’s being illustrated by Shior Asahina. The two fantasy/romance light novel series have ten volumes combined out as of this writing and have garnered decent receptions overall. An OVA was announced in January for the show that would take story ideas from readers to be used for the animation which would be bundled with one of the light novel volumes.

The original writer, Kagami, does have some notice here in the US as his novel series The Legend of Legendary Heroes was adapted into anime form and simulcast via FUNimation during 2010. The novels and manga are a sprawling epic that has a sizable fanbase in Japan with the light novels themselves having sold over 4.3 million copies as of 2011. Itsuka Tenma hasn’t reached those numbers, but it’s obvious that there is a fair bit of crossover between the two fans and that the anime will prove popular because of it.

Plot Summary: Kurogane Taito is a freshman in Miyasaka High. After an injury that prevented him from practicing karate, which he excelled in since elementary school, he had always believed that he was an ordinary, regular guy. However, due to a forgotten promise exchanged with beautiful Vampire (Most Ancient Sorcerer) Saitohimea nine years ago, he was in fact no longer ordinary. Taito later went on to regain his memories after a certain incident, and was reunited with Saitohimea. Along with unlikely allies, Kurenai Gekkou, Miyasaka High’s student council president and a genius bent on avenging his parents, and Andou Mirai, a cute lightning demon and familiar of Gekkou, they have to contend against Gekkou’s twin brother, Kurenai Hinata, who sought to resurrect the powerful Vampire (Most Ancient Sorcerer) Bahlskra. Unknown to them, their destinies were already woven and foretold in an ancient prophecy of epic proportions.

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