Original Shaman King anime director comments on remake, says first anime’s original parts were not his idea
The anime adaptation of Hiroyuki Takei’s Shaman King manga is getting a remake. In fact, you can check out its latest PV through this link. This new anime will have a brand new staff as well. But now, the original anime adaptation’s director, Seiji Mizushima, finally speaks out about this new anime.
The anime director, who also directed the first Fullmetal Alchemist anime, released a series of tweets regarding the remake. He says he’s looking forward to the new anime because he wants to see how much the new digital technology can capture the feel of the first anime, He then added in a separate tweet that he thinks its cool for a veteran director to helm the new project, and he also thinks that having a new staff is great. He also approved the fact that the cast was connected to the first anime as well. He’s also looking forward on how the new director, Joji Furuta, will adapt the entire manga.
As for the original anime itself, it was quite infamous for having an original ending that was quite different from the source manga. To this, Mizushima admitted that he did not do it on his own accord. In fact, he says that Shueisha, which published the original manga, requested the original parts of the anime’s story to be made. The similar case also happened to his adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist, which also wasn’t very faithful to the source material.
As previously announced, this new anime will be a complete adaptation of the manga. This means that it will adapt all 35 volumes of the manga’s new complete edition.
The cast will include:
- Youko Hikasa as Yoh Asakura
- Katsuyuki Konishi as Amidamaru
- Megumi Hayashibara as Anna Kyouyama
- Minami Takayama as Hao Asakura
The manga first made its debut in 1998 inside the pages of Weekly Shounen Jump magazine. It abruptly ended in 2004 before getting a “True Ending” in 2009. It would then get short story manga chapters, as well as a sequel series, Chaman King Flowers, which ran from 2012-2014. Of course, it also received a popular TV anime adaptation which ran from 2001-2002.
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