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First Cast And Crew For 2016 Berserk Anime Announced

Soon, the land will be cast into the throes of chaotic battle once more.

The latest issue of Young Animal magazine unveiled the first cast and crew members fo the upcoming Berserk anime series. Shin Itagaki, who directed Ben-To and Black Cat, is in the director’s chair at Liden Films. Hisashi Abe (Sorcerer Hunters, Gunslinger Girl) is in charge of character designs on the project, while Shiro Sagisu (Berserk: The Golden Age, Neon Genesis Evangelion) scores the soundtrack. Makoto Fukami (Psycho-Pass: The Movie) is in charge of Series Composition, with Takashi Yamashita serving as his assistant.

The core cast members the Berserk: The Golden Age films will reprise their role in the series, including the roles of Guts, Griffith, Casca, and Skull Knight. The confirmed cast includes:

  • Guts: Hiroaki Iwanaga
  • Puck: Kaoru Mizuhara
  • Farnese: Yōko Hikasa
  • Serpico: Kazuyuki Okitsu
  • Isidro: Hiro Shimono
  • Azan: Hiroki Yasumoto
  • Casca: Toa Yukinari
  • Griffith: Takahiro Sakurai
  • Skull Knight: Akio Ōtsuka
  • Narrator: Unshou Ishizuka

Berserk 2016 Young Animal Promo - 20160322

Berserk will begin airing this July on satellite network WOWOW, as well as during MBS’s late-night Animeism block.

Earlier this year, series creator Kentarou Miura revealed that the project will feature Guts in his “Black Swordsman” role, which hasn’t appeared in an animated adaptation to date. He also noted that the Berserk manga will go on hiatus, with the next chapter hitting “around” summer 2016. When it returns, the Berserk manga will be published as an irregular series.

Berserk began publication in Young Animal in 1989. The series currently spans 35 volumes, with the most recent hitting Japanese retailers in March 2013. As of July, 35 million copies of the title are in print, with 27 million sold in Japan and 8 million overseas. The series spawned a 25-episode anime series in 1997, as well as three-film project, Berserk: The Golden Age Arc.

A promotional video and a pair of visuals were released for the project in December. You can check both out below:

Promo Video

Key Visuals

Source: Otakomu

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