New One-Hour Special Anime for Mushishi to Broadcast in January 2014

© Yuki Urushibara / Koudansha Ltd., Aniplex Inc.
© Yuki Urushibara / Koudansha Ltd., Aniplex Inc.

Mushishi, a manga written by Yuki Urushibara and serialized in Monthly Afternoon, is a popular work that was adapted into an anime in 2005 and 2006. The anime splendidly captured the work’s unique world and received great praise from many who viewed it. Now, a long-awaited new broadcast has been announced. There is great anticipation building for this first anime in the series in eight years, which will be broadcast on Jan. 4, 2014 at 11:30 p.m. (JST).

This special one-hour episode titled “Hhihamukage” will tell a new story written by Urubashira for fans to enjoy to their heart’s content. The staff from the anime have once again assembled for this special episode. Directing is Hiroshi Nagahama who is known from such works as the OVA Detroit Metal City. Still fresh in memory is his talked-about work from earlier this year, The Flowers of Evil, which used a rotoscoping technique for the animation. Yoshihiko Umakoshi is the character designer and chief animation director. Umakoshi is a popular animator who has brought to the world such works as HeartCatch PreCure! and Ojamajo Doremi. The anime is being produced by animation studio Artland, which has produced Senran Kagura and other hit anime.

Mushishi began serialization in Afternoon Season Zoukan in 1999. Thereafter, it switched to Monthly Afternoon where it was serialized until 2008. The TV anime picked up attention right from the start thanks to its beautifully artistic world and scenery, and it went on to win the Award of Excellence in the TV animation category at the 5th Tokyo International Anime Awards. The series has crossed over into a wide range of media, having also been adapted into a live-action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo in 2007.

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Source: animeanime
Source article written by Katsunori Takahashi

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