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Sentai Filmworks Spears Itself A ‘Blade of the Immortal’ Anime Acquisition

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Blade of the Immortal will be released on home video in Winter 2021 and streamed on select digital outlets at a later date.
© Hiroaki Samura, Kodansha / Blade of the Immortal Production Committee

The fall 2019 anime adaptation of the Blade of the Immortal manga series from Hiroaki Samura saw simulcast on Amazon Prime and just last week wrapped up its Japanese home video run. Now, Sentai Filmworks has revealed that they’ve picked up the rights to the property with plans for a winter 2021 home video release and streaming to come at a later date. They’ve acquired management rights for it in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand together with Latin America and Nordic countries.

The series was directed by Hiroshi Hamasaki based on the scripts by Makoto Fukami. Shingo Ogiso served as the character designer with LIDEN FILMS handling the animation production.

The Japanese cast includes Kenjiro Tsuda as Manji, Ayane Sakura as Rin Asano, Nozomu Sasaki as Kagehisa Anotsu, Eiji Hanawa as Sabato Kuroi, Houko Kuwashima as Makie Otono-Tachibana, Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Taito Magatsu, Shunsuke Sakuya as Eiku Shizuma, Shinya Fukumatsu as Sōsuke Abayama, Yousuke Akimoto as Saburō Anotsu, Masato Obara as Araya Kawakami, Jouji Nakata as Kagimura Habaki, Marika Hayashi as Kyakurin, Hiroshi Shirokuma as Giichi, Tooru Nara as Shira, Chikahiro Kobayashi as Shinriji, Tomokazu Seki as Sōri, and Ako Mayama as Yaobikuni.

The series completed in Japan back in 2012 and Dark Horse released the series in full before starting in on omnibus editions.

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Plot concept: Manji, the Slayer of Hundreds, has been cursed with eternal life — but in the dark of his existence shines a final glimmer of hope. If he can slay 1,000 evil men, Manji will finally be able to end his life of infinite misery. When a young girl named Rin asks him to help her take revenge on the group of master swordsmen who slaughtered her family, Manji finds some resemblance to his lost younger sister in her and decides to come to her aid.

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