Netflix will premiere a new anime series Onimusha, based on Capcom’s famous video game series of the same title. It will stream globally on November 2.
The classic game is a landmark in the gaming world, famous for its gripping survival action and stunning historical backdrop of Japan’s tumultuous Warring States period. It debuts as an anime adaptation since its creation 22 years ago.
Taking the helm as supervising director is Takashi Miike, whose innovative depictions of cinematic swordplay in the critically acclaimed 13 Assassins and Blade of the Immortal have won over legions of fans. Together with director Shinya Sugai, celebrated for his work on CG anime Dragon’s Dogma, and animation studio Sublimation, they aim to revolutionize the anime landscape with their unique take on Onimusha.
The focus of this adaptation is on Miyamoto Musashi, inspired by the late Japanese screen icon Toshiro Mifune with character design by Kim Jung Gi, Manilyn Toledana. Set in the early Edo Period, a time when Japan was transitioning towards peace, and warfare was fading into history, an aging Musashi embarks on a covert mission. Armed with the mythical “Oni Gauntlet,” Musashi embarks on an epic journey to obliterate the lurking demons. The main theme song, “THE LONELIEST,” by Måneskin adds depth and emotion to the spellbinding saga.
With a cast that includes Akio Otsuka, Hochu Otsuka, Daiki Yamashita, Subaru Kimura, Katsuyuki Konishi, Kazuyuki Okitsu, Makoto Furukawa, Aya Yamane, Ryohei Kimura, and Toshihiko Seki, Onimusha is truly groundbreaking because of is its perfect combination of cutting-edge 3D CGI character animations with beautiful backgrounds drawn by hand. This amalgamation of traditional and modern animation techniques promises to bring a fresh, immersive experience to both long-time fans and newcomers alike.