Blue Exorcist Visual 001 - 20160703Rin Okumura’s ready to return for one more round.

The latest issue of Shueisha’s Jump SQ. magazine unveiled the first details on the upcoming Blue Exorcist anime series, titled Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc(Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujō Ō-hen). The first cast and crew were officially unveiled for the series, which hits Japanese TV in 2017.

Eleven cast members are returning from the first Blue Exorcist series, including:

  • Rin Okumura: Nobuhiko Okamoto
  • Yukio Okumura: Jun Fukuyama
  • Shiemi Moriyama: Kana Hanazawa
  • Ryuji Suguro: Kazuya Nakai
  • Renzo Shima: Koji Yusa
  • Konekomaru Miwa: Yuuki Kaji
  • Izumo Kamiki: Eri Kitamura
  • Kuro: Ayahi Takagaki
  • Shura Kirigakure: Rina Satou
  • Mephisto Pheles: Hiroshi Kamiya
  • Shiro Fujimoto: Keiji Fujiwara

Koichi Hatsumi (Deadman Wonderland, Gangsta.) is helming the project at A-1 Pictures, replacing previous director Tensai Okamura. Keigo Sasaki (ERASEDThe Seven Deadly Sins) will reprise their role as character designer, while Toshiya Ono (Gatchaman CROWDS) takes charge of series composition. Hiroyuki Sawano is returning to compose the show’s soundtrack with newcomer Kohta Yamamoto.

As the title implies, Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc will adapt the Kyoto Impure King arc of the manga, which began in the work’s fifth compiled volume. Viz Media currently holds the rights to the manga, and describes the book as:

In the late Edo Period, a demon known as the Impure King killed thousands of people. After defeating the demon, the Knights of the True Cross kept its left eye safely sealed away on Academy grounds – but now someone has stolen it! Hearing the thief has taken a child hostage, Yukio and Rin go to help. The investigation and pursuit will lead Rin and his friends to Kyoto and involve them even deeper in a sinister plot! But will his friends’ knowledge that Rin is the son of Satan drive a wedge between them?

Blue Exorcist is based on Kazue Kato’s manga of the same name. The ongoing manga kicked off in the pages of Jump SQ in April 2009, and spans 17 collected volumes.

The first Blue Exorcist anime series aired in the spring 2011 broadcast season. The 25-episode series spawned an OVA, as well as 2012 sequel film Blue Exorcist: The Movie

Aniplex of America holds the rights to the Blue Exorcist TV series, OVA, and film in North America. The TV series is currently available in its entirety on Crunchyroll.

Source: Anime News Network