So, can we call this Sword Gai II: Electric Boogaloo? No? Boo.
Earlier today, the official Sword Gai: The Animation website announced that the series will receive a second season, titled Sword Gai: The Animation Part II. The site updated with a visual, two cast reveals, and a premiere window for the season.
We break the details down below:
The new image features Gai Ogata and newcomer Shin Matoba locked in battle at the top of the shot. Beneath, newcomer Himiko stands opposite Sayaka Ohara, as the transformed Gai stands in the center.
The series will add the following cast members:
- Himiko: Maaya Uchida
- Shin Matoba: Nobunaga Shimazaki
Visuals for the new characters were also revealed, which you can check out below:
Sword Gai Part II will launch in Summer 2018.
Takahiro Ikezoe (Show By Rock!!, PriPri Chii-chan!!) served as chief director on the show’s first season, with Tomohito Naka (New Theatrical Movie Initial D Legend 2: Racer) taking the director’s chiar at LandQ Studios. Atsuko Nakajima (Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto, Ranma ½) provided character designs, while series co-creator Toshiki Inoue tackled series composition.
Lead actor Yūto Uemura performed opening theme song What is Predestined (Sadame)
In addition to LandQ Studios, DLE Inc. and Production I.G. are listed on animation production.
The series stars the following:
- Seiya Ichijō: Yuichiro Umehara
- Gai Ogata: Yūto Uemura
- Sayaka Ogata: Yuka Aisaka
- Amon Ogata: Jouji Nakata
- Naoki Miki: Tomokazu Sugita
- Marcus Lithos: Hiro Shimono
- Takuma Miura: Toshihiko Seki
- Kyōka Kagami: Rina Satou
- Grimms: Takaya Kuroda
- Aronisu: Michiko Neya
- Ariga I: Kohei Murakami
- Yasuko Tanaka: Urara Takano
- Midoriko: Ayane Sakura
- Kazuma Matoba: Takaya Hashi
- Tatsumi: Kenji Hamada
- Mina Hiraya: Yu Shimamura
- Kigetsu: Masaharu Satō
- KEI: Sumi Shimamoto
- Hakimu: Kousuke Toriumi
The title is based on Toshiki Inoue (Ranma ½, Ushio & Tora), Osamu Kine, and Keita Amamiya’s manga of the same name. Inoue served as writer on the project, while Amemiya produced the original character designs. Kine provided final character designs for the title.
Netflix describes Sword Gai: The Animation Series as:
A weapon that has drawn the blood of countless victims becomes legend, and at times takes on a life of its own. When such a weapon’s human host is filled with hate and murderous intent, he becomes a demonic combination of weapon and man that thirsts only for slaughter.
An organization has faced these dangerous beings over the centuries. A young man named Gai is destined to live as a weapon. As humans are enthralled by their weapons’ power, epic battles unfold with the fate of humanity in the balance in this battle action fantasy. The series will debut globally on Netflix in Spring 2018.
Sword Gai made its début in the pages of Monthly Hero’s in December 2012. The series went on to span six volumes. Sequel series Sword Gai Evolve, which brought the original creators back together, launched in Monthly Hero’s November 2015. The ongoing title spans three compiled volumes, with the most recent hitting stores on June 5.
Sources: Comic Natalie