With twenty-two volumes of manga under its belt, we learned in December 2017 that the Kegan Ashura series is scheduled for an anime adaptation that’s coming with a July 31st, 2019 Netflix premiere for it. The production has updated today with a new promotional video that gives us a sample of the song “King & Ashley” from MY FIRST STORY that definitely sets a tone. Seiji Kishi is on board to direct it based on the series composition by Makoto Uezu. Kazuaki Morita is handling the character designs while Larx Entertainment is handling the animation production.
The original work comes from writer Yabako Sandrovich with artwork by Daromeon which began in Ura Sunday magazine back in 2012 and has been pretty popular there, including previously winning a fan vote contest to get an anime adaptation.
The previously announced cast includes Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Ōma Tokita, Chō as Kazuo Yamashita, Jouji Nakata as Hideki Nogi, Yumi Uchiyama as Kaede Akiyama, Hayato Kaneko as Rihito, Tetsu Inada as Jun Sekibayashi, Junya Enoki as Cosmo Imai, Daisuke Namikawa as Setsuna Kiryū, Yōhei Azakami, Masuo Amada, Kōji Ishii, Akira Ishida, Kazuya Ichijou, Jin Urayama, Akio Ohtsuka, Megumi Ogata, Atsushi Ono, Daisuke Ono, Yasuyuki Kase, Masayuki Katou, Tetsuo Kanao, Mai Kanazawa, Takahiro Kameoka, Noriyuki Kawamoto, Taiten Kusunoki, Naomi Kusumi, Tomoyo Kurosawa, Natsuko Kuwatani, Tesshō Genda, Makoto Koichi, Katsuyuki Konishi, Misao Kobayashi, Yu Kobayashi, Kōichi Gomi, Rikiya Koyama, Takahiro Sakurai, Shouzou Sasaki, Chiharu Sawashiro, Hidekatsu Shibata, Yoshiyuki Shimozuma, Ikkyuu Juku, Hiroshi Shirokuma, Misono Suzuki, Shinya Takahashi, Ryousuke Takahashi, Eiji Takeuchi, Ryota Takeuchi, Fumihiko Tachiki, Shigeru Chiba, Kenjiro Tsuda, Eiichirō Tokumoto, Aki Toyosaki, Takehiro Hasu, Ryuuzo Hasuike, Rina Hidaka,Nobuyuki Hiyama, Daisuke Hirakawa, Mana Hirata, Yūya Hirose, Keiji Fujiwara, Mai Fuchigami, Sōichiro Hoshi, Takanori Hoshino, Yūsuke Hoshino, Chado Horii, Ryōko Maekawa, Matthew Masaru Barron, Yasunori Masutani, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Masaya Matsukaze, Kenichirou Matsuda, Hiroshi Matsumoto, Mitsuaki Madono, Takahiro Mizushima, Masaaki Mizunaka, Kenta Miyake, Katsuki Murase, Eiji Yanagisawa, Kanehira Yamamoto, Yukana, Koji Yusa, Masumi Yoshida, Yasuyuki Kase as Takeshi Wakatsuki, Ryuuzo Hasuike as Sen Hatsumi, Yoshiyuki Shimozuma as Aki Saitō, Hiroshi Matsui, Takehiro Hasu as Futoshi Hosome, Kanehira Yamamoto as Yoshirō Yoshitake, Yōhei Azakami as Iwan Karaev, Yukana as Shion Sōryūin, Makoto Koichi as Tomoko Matsuda,, Eiichirō Tokumoto as Tadashi Iida, Takerō Ushiroda, Horio Kure, Shinobu Koōzan, Koishi Yamamoto, Kōji Ishii as Gen Shikano, Jin Urayama as Ken Ooya, Masaaki Mizunaka as Ryō Himuro, Shigeru Chiba as Eriō Kure, Yūya Hirose as Henzō Kure, Tomoyo Kurosawa as Karla Kure, Kenichirou Matsuda as Hollis Kure, Ryousuke Takahashi as Reiichi Kure, Misono Suzuki as Fūsui Kure, Daisuke Hirakawa as Kenzō Yamashita, Takahiro Kameoka as Masahiko Oota, Akira Ishida as Hajime Hanafusa, Hiroshi Shirokuma as Julius Reinhold, Shigeru Komada, Ryōko Maekawa as Kokomi Yoshizawa, Megumi Ogata as Ryō Inaba, Masayuki Katou as Sukizō Urita, Hidekatsu Shibata as Metsudō Katahara, Tetsuo Kanao as Katsumasa Hayami, Eiji Takeuchi as Fujio Aku, Masayasu Yokota, Eiji Yanagisawa as Mikio Nabe, Matthew Masaru Barron as Jerry Tyson, Keiji Fujiwara as Niko Tokita, Natsuko Kuwatani as Yoshiko Togawa, Sōichiro Hoshi as Keizaburō Sawada, Daisuke Ono as Rei Mikazuchi, Takahiro Sakurai as Hasado, Chiharu Sawashiro as Ren Nikaidō, Shinya Takahashi as Takashi Hashida, Katsuki Murase as Mokichi Robinson, Mana Hirata as Sayaka Katahara, Nobuyuki Hiyama as Saw Paing Yoroizuka, Koji Yusa as Suekichi Kaneda, Katsuyuki Konishi as Naoya Ohkubo, Takanori Hoshino as Takayuki Chiba, Noriyuki Kawamoto as Masaki Meguroand, and Fumihiko Tachiki as narrator.
Plot Concept: Since the Edo periods of Japan, gladiator arenas exist in certain areas. In these arenas, wealthy business owners and merchants hire gladiators to fight in unarmed combat where winner takes all. Toki Taouma, nicknamed “Ashura”, joins these arenas and devastates his opponents. His spectacular ability to crush his enemies catches the attention of the big business owners, including the Nogi Group chairman, Nogi Hideki.