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FUNimation Acquires Trigger’s Ninja Slayer Anime Series

Ninja Slayer Key Visual 001 - 20150330Earlier today, FUNimation announced that they acquired the domestic streaming and home video rights to Ninja Slayer From Animation. The company plans to simulcast the series, though a launch date and time have yet to be determined.

FUNimation’s official synopsis for the series is as follows:

From Kill la Kill’s radical Studio Trigger comes a badass and outrageous ninja anime that kicks reason to the curb with a screaming “WASSHOI!”

Ninjas. Karate. Sushi. The dystopian cyber underworld of Neo-Saitama is ruled from the shadows by an intricate web of drugs, yakuza gangs, and evil syndicate ninjas wielding fearsome “karate.” In a sea of the blood of his enemies, a lone maverick stands. NINJA SLAYER is a ninja who kills other ninjas in the name of ninja vengeance. A former salaryman whose family was killed by evil ninjas, Ninja Slayer cheats death and casts away his past to embrace the dark, mystical NINJA SOUL, a mysterious spirit that grants him great power in his quest for revenge. But will this bloodthirsty spirit consume Ninja Slayer before his enemies are all “dead on departure?” Domo. I’m Ninja Slayer.

In addition, FUNimation uploaded the show’s official teaser to its YouTube channel, which you can check out below:

Ninja Slayer was first revealed to be in production in June 2014. The series, which is being animated by Trigger, will be directed by Kill la Kill Co-director Akira Amemiya. Hiroshi Sato is writing the show’s screenplay, while music will be composed by the team of Shinichi Osawa and Kenji Fujisawa.

Character designs are being provided by the team of Hiroyuki Imaishi, Yusuke Yoshigaki, saitom, Inato Serere, and Shinjiro.

In February, the full Japanese cast was revealed, placing Toshiyuki Morikawa as the titular Ninja Slayer, and Sho Hayami as the villainous Dark Ninja. The full listing is below:

  • Ninja Slayer: Toshiyuki Morikawa
  • Dark Ninja: Sho Hayami
  • Nancy Lee: Chiwa Saito
  • Yamamoto: Sora Amamiya
  • Yukano: Risa Taneda
  • Laomoto Khan: Masane Tsukayama
  • Clone Yakuza: Tesshō Genda
  • Electronic Maiko: Noto Mamiko
  • Scatter: Takahiro Mizushima
  • Narrator: Goblin

Source: FUNimation Blog

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