Lhe first promotional video and visuals have been released, but the release date has not yet been set.. The official Twitter and Youtube accounts were also opened.
The first promo video shows a scene in which the main character, seemingly hidden in the dark, slashes his opponent. The setting of the anime appears to be the Edo period (1603-1868)as we can observe from the opponent’s yukata (浴衣) clothes.
In the teaser visual, the ivy wrapping around the man’s arm and sword evokes a sense of deep darkness and karma. The trailer’s tagline also reflects this sense of struggle and resistance, saying, “I kill people with my blade, to resist this cruel fate.”
What is the background of Nitroplus and Shochiku?
Nitroplus usually develops e-novels with dark themes that focus on sexual assault and murder, and might also venture into mecha and psychological horror territory. Their latest published work, Full Metal Daemon: Muramasa, features all of these elements and more, in addition to depicting highly elaborate sword fighting and techniques.
Shochiku is one of Japan’s “big four” film studios, responsible for producing many films by famous directors such as Yasujirō Ozu, Akira Kurosawa and Takashi Miike. Among their most famous Edo/samurai inspired films are Harikiri and 47 Ronin. When it comes to anime, they also made classics such as Sword of the Stranger and Akira.
It is still unknown what type of structure Nitroplus and Sochiku will use to produce this new anime, as the animation studio has not yet been announced, nor the characters and cast that will appear in the work. It is very likely that Nitroplus will be involved in writing the script and story, while Shochiku will handle production and distribution.