I have a fever, and the only cure is more “ATATAATATAATATAATATAATATAATATA!”
Earlier today, the official Fist of the Blue Sky Regenesis anime website updated with a new trailer, as well as a key visual and character visuals.
We break the details down below.
The 100-second promo offers a look at the show in action, as a narrator explains the core story beats. Opening theme song Sōten no Hate ni (To the Ends of the Blue Sky) by AK-69 is used as a background track.
The new visual features the major characters arranged against a black background. A colorful aura can be seen radiating from the players.
Each of the five main characters received full-sized visuals, as opposed to the previously released head shots.
Fist of the Blue Sky Regenesis will air on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and BS Fuji starting April 9 at 24:30 (4/10/2018 at 12:30AM). A preview screening will be held on March 18, at Osaka’s Independent Theater 2nd. At the event, the first three episodes will be screened.
Amazon is the exclusive streaming provider for the show. They’ll start streaming the show on April 2, at 25:00 (4/3/2018 at 1:00AM).
A TV special for the show is slated to hit Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and BS Fuji on April 2 during the 24:30 time slot.
Yoshio Kazumi will direct the show at Polygon Pictures, with Kazuma Teshigahara (Street Fighter IV: The Ties That Bind) and Hiromi Sato providing character designs. Satoshi Ozaki is in charge of series composition for the project.
The confirmed voice cast includes:
- Kenshiro: Kouichi Yamadera
- Liú Fei-Yàn: Takehito Koyasu
- Erika Arendt: Sumire Uesaka
- Yasaka: Setsuji Satoh
- Pan Yù-Líng: Yumi Touma
- Yè: Nobuyuki Hiyama
- Yè Zi-Ying: Akeno Watanabe
Fist of the Blue Sky is a prequel to fan-favorite manga Fist of the North Star. The series, which was written by Buronson and Nobuhiko Horie, launched in the pages of Shinchosha’s Weekly Comic Bunch magazine in May 2001. The magazine continued through August 2010, when Weekly Comic Bunch published its final issue. A total of 22 compiled volumes were released to retailers.
Defunct publisher Gutsoon! Entertainment acquired the license for Fist of the Blue Sky, which they ran in manga magazine Raijin Comics. The company published four volumes before they closed up shop.
Gutsoon! described Fist of the Blue Sky as:
It is just before WWII, Kasumi Kenshiro hides as a quiet, absent-minded professor teaching literature at a small women’s college in Tokyo. Once the 62nd Grand Master of Hokuto Shinken, “God Fist of the North Star,” and known has Yan Wang, or “the King of Death,” who preserved the peace in the “City of Devils.” A fighter of thugs and drug dealers, Kasumi seeks anonymity and a quiet life until the death of his lover, and former brothers, forces him to return to Shanghai to fulfill his destiny and avenge the deaths of his associates.
Fist of the Blue Sky inspired a 26-episode television anime adaptation in 2006.
A 26-episode TV series based on Fist of the Blue Sky hit Japanese TV in the Fall 2006 broadcast season. Mihiro Yamaguchi (The Heroic Legend of Arslan OVA II) directed the project at Studio A.P.P.P., with Yoshiaki Tsubata (Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~, The Silver Guardian) providing character designs. Yasuhiro Imagawa (Berserk, Pet Shop of Horrors) was in charge of series composition.