'Golden Kamuy' Anime Releases First Trailer

Golden Kamuy is one of the popular stories to come out in recent years, and now fans will definitely be happy to see it's getting its own anime adaptation.

Along with the first teaser, Studio Geno has revealed the series is heading for an April 2018 release on Tokyo MX, Yomiuri TV, and Fuji TV. The above teaser shows a well animated series, full of darker themes and violence which is sure to give it a distinct flavor amongst the rest of April 2018's offerings.

Hitoshi Nanba (Heroman, Fate/Grand Order: First Order) is directing the series while Noboru Takagi (Baccano!, Durarara!!) is writing scripts for it. Kenichi Ohnuki (Gundam Build Fighters) is designing the series' characters, and Koji Watanabe is designing the firearms.

Main characters Saichi Sugimoto and Asirpa will be voiced by Chikahiro Kobayashi (Gintama) and Haruka Shiraishi (A Centaur's Life) respectively.

Further staff announcements include (as per Anime News Network) include: Takahiro Kawakoshi as assistant director, Junichi Hayama as main animator, Shinya Asanuma as prop designer, Ryō Sumiyoshi as animal designer, Atsushi Morikawa as art director, Takahiro Mogi as color designer, Yuichiro Tozawa as director of photography, Yuuko Okumura and Yasutaka Hamada as CG directors, Jin Aketagawa as sound director Hiroshi Nakagawa as Ainu language supervisor (which is the language used by most of the characters in the series, include main character Asirpa), and Kenichiro Suehiro as music composer.

For those unfamiliar with Golden Kamuy, the series was originally created by Satoru Noda. First published in Shuiesha's Young Jump in 2014, the story follows Saichi Sugimoto, a miner in Hokkaido taking care of the widow of his dead comrade after surviving the battle of 203 Hill in the Russo-Japanese War. He hears rumors of of a stash of gold hidden by a group of criminals, and decides to go look for it with the mysterious girl Asirpa after she saves him from the harsh wilderness.

The series has been licensed for an English language release by Viz Media and has been collected into 12 volumes. The manga has more than 3.2 million copies in print, and series creator Satoru Noda received a Manga Taisho award for the series in March 2016. It was also nominated for Best General Manga at the 40th annual Kodansha Manga Awards, and for the 20th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2016.