Just… don’t expect this one to knock your socks off on a visual level.
Yesterday, Crunchyroll announced that they added Fist of the Blue Sky: Regenesis to their digital platform. The show’s first episode launched the same day, at 10:30AM Pacific (1:30PM Eastern) for subscribers in North America, the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Russia, Central America, and South America (including the Caribbean)..
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). Amazon started streaming the show in Japan yesterday.
The US première for the show was held on March 31, at Sakura-Con.
Yoshio Kazumi is directing 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.