An anime adaptation has been announced for the novel Juuni Taisen (12 Wars), released in May 2015 by Shueisha Inc and written by NisiOisin, famous for the Bakemonogatari series. The novel is illustrated by Hikaru Nakamura (Arakawa Under the Bridge, Saint Onii-san). The anime is scheduled to be ready for broadcast somewhere in 2017. Furthermore, voice actor Nobuhiko Okamoto has been cast as Usagi and will be attending a stage event at AnimeJapan 2017.
The original work comes from a project called Oogiri, where author NisiOisiN would collaborate with famous manga authors to produce one-shot manga. His manga with Hikaru Nakamura was titled Doushitemo Kanaetai Tatta Hitotsu no Negai to Wari to Soudemonai 99 no Negai. Juuni Taisen was later published as a prequel to that work. Nisio liked Nakamura’s character design and she went on to do the illustrations for Juuni Taisen, which became a popular work with over 80,000 copies sold.
The story is about warriors killing and being killed. The one who survives will be granted one wish – any wish. The name of the battle is called ’12 Wars’ and the participants are Nezumi (the Rat), Ushii (the Ox), Tora (the Tiger), Usagi (the Rabbit), Tatsumi (the Dragon), Tatsumi (the Snake), Uuma (the Horse), Hitsuji (the Sheep), Sharyu (the Monkey), Niwatori (the Rooster), Dotsuku (the Dog), and Inounoshishi (the Pig). They have different powers and are caught up in a battle to slaughter one another in a fierce battle royale. A story where everybody is unable to escape their situation seems fresh to the eyes of the readers, and seems to attract both men and women.
The anime will be produced by Graphinica. The official homepage has opened a teaser home, and the anime already has an official Twitter page!
As we said, Nobuhiko Okamoto, who will be voicing Usagi, will join the AnimeJapan 2017 event at the Avex Pictures booth on 26 March 2017 from 13:20 – 14:00. At the stage event, new information will be released as well as a first teaser video, so stay tuned for more information on Juuni Taisen!
Juuni Taisen official Homepage
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