Maiden Japan has picked up a new license with the acquisition of the anime special A Spirit of the Sun. Originally released in 2006 as a two-part special, it’s based on the manga by Kaiji Kawaguchi and was directed by Masayuki Kojima based on the screenplay by Tatsuhiko Urahata. Takashi Saijo handled the character designers and served as the chief animation director with Madhouse handling the animation for it.
The Japanese cast includes Yoji Matsuda as Genichirou Ryuu, Rikiya Koyama as Chan, Toshiyuki Morikawa as Ryoutarou Hata, Akio Ohtsuka as Yang, Masaru Ikeda as Shinsuke Ishikura, Miru Hitotsuyanagi as Cai Qing Ling, Naoya Uchida as Gorou Sakamaki, Sachiko Kojima as Chen Li Chun, Shoutarou Ookubo as Genichirou Ryuu (young), Shunsuke Sakuya as Kurofuji, Takashi Inagaki as Takuma Ryuu, Tamie Kubota as Shu Qin, Toru Ohkawa as Takashi Ryuu, Umeji Sasaki as Ozu, Yasuyoshi Hara as Ikuo Jimichi, Yukari Nozawa as Mrs Xia, and Yurika Hino as Natsue Ryuu.
Plot Concept: When Japan is hit by the twin disasters of the eruption of Mt. Fuji and a massive earthquake, the island nation gets literally shattered and torn in two. With millions dead and the life-sustaining national infrastructure destroyed, mass evacuation of much of the country’s population was the only alternative. Now the Japanese refugees living in Taiwan find themselves in conflict with the native citizens. There’s not enough work, the living conditions are terrible, and what remains of Japan is occupied by China in the north and the U.S. in the south. Genichiro Ryu is just one of the survivors, but having been adopted by Taiwanese parents, he has a foot in both worlds and seeks to find a way to bring peace between the conflicting sides in A Spirit of the Sun.