Chikahiro Kobayashi, Haruka Shiraishi Star in Golden Kamuy Anime
This year’s 53rd issue of Shueisha‘s Weekly Young Jump magazine is revealing the main cast on Thursday for the television anime adaptation of Satoru Noda‘s Golden Kamuy manga. Chikahiro Kobayashi (supporting roles in Gintama, Gingitsune, Granblue Fantasy the Animation) is starring in the show as Saichi Sugimoto (right in below image), and Haruka Shiraishi (From Up On Poppy Hill‘s Sora, A Centaur’s Life‘s Kyōko, Anne-Happy‘s Hibari) is co-starring as Asirpa (left). The issue on Thursday is also revealing the first key visual for the anime.
The Jump Festa ’18 event will feature the anime at a presentation on December 17, and Kobayashi and Shiraishi will attend the presentation.
Hitoshi Nanba (Fate/Grand Order: First Order, Gosick, Heroman, Baki the Grappler, We have always been 10 cm apart.) is directing the series at Geno Studio, and Noboru Takagi (Baccano!, Durarara!!, Altair: A Record of Battles, Kuroko’s Basketball) is handling the series composition. Kenichi Ohnuki (Gundam Build Fighters, Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters, Samurai Gun) is adapting the character designs for animation.
Viz Media has licensed the Golden Kamuy manga, and it describes the first volume:
In the early twentieth century, Russo-Japanese War veteran Saichi “Immortal” Sugimoto scratches out a meager existence during the postwar gold rush in the wilderness of Hokkaido. When he stumbles across a map to a fortune in hidden Ainu gold, he sets off on a treacherous quest to find it. But Sugimoto is not the only interested party, and everyone who knows about the gold will kill to possess it! Faced with the harsh conditions of the northern wilderness, ruthless criminals and rogue Japanese soldiers, Sugimoto will need all his skills and luck—and the help of an Ainu girl named Asirpa—to survive.
Noda launched the ongoing manga in Shueisha‘s Young Jump magazine in 2014. Shueisha published the manga’s 11th volume on August 18, and will publish the 12th volume on December 19. The manga has more than 3.2 million copies in print.
Noda received a Manga Taisho award for the manga in March 2016. The series was also nominated for Best General Manga at the 40th annual Kodansha Manga Awards and for the 20th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize last year.
Viz Media published the manga’s second volume on September 19.