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Fifth Season of Ikkitousen green-lit and titled Ikkitousen Western Wolves

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QK4KLc0.jpgThis year's November issue of Shonengahosha's Young King Ours magazine reported on Saturday that a new anime in the Ikkitousen franchise is in the works while the official website for the new anime entry in the Ikkitousen franchise revealed the anime's staff, cast, and teaser visual on Saturday. The anime is titled Ikkitousen Western Wolves.

While the announcement earlier on Saturday in Young King Ours magazine had indicated that the new work would be an adaptation of the Shin Ikkitousen manga, staff have stated the anime is a sequel to the 2014 OVA Ikkitousen: Extravaganza Epoch, and have not specifically stated the anime is an adaptation of Shin Ikkitousen. The OVA aired on TV in December 2014 and shipped in Japan in February 2015.

 

Takashi Watanabe, who directed the original Ikkitousen television anime, is returning as chief director at studio Arms (Ikkitousen: Dragon Destiny, Ikkitousen: Great Guardians, Ikkitousen: Xtreme Xecutor). Mitsutoshi Satō (episode director for Venus Versus Virus, all three series of Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma) is directing the anime. Masaya Honda (Ikkitousen: Xtreme Xecutor, Soul Buster) is in charge of series scripts, and Rin-Sin is returning from Dragon Destiny, Great Guardians, and Xtreme Xecutor as character designer. GENCO is producing the series.

 

The cast includes:

  • Masumi Asano as Hakufu Sonsaku
  • Kei Shindou as Gentoku Ryūbi
  • Hitomi Nabatame as Unchou Kan'u
  • Minori Chihara as Ekitoku Chōhi
  • Chiaki Takahashi as Himiko
  • Ami Koshimizu as Shinmen Takezō

 

Yuji Shiozaki's original Ikkitousen (Battle Vixens) manga centers around Hakufu Sonsaku, a high school student who possesses a magatama that allows her to channel the spirit of the warrior Sun Ce from China's Three Kingdoms era. She fights students from other high schools, each bearing their own magatama and embodying a different hero from the era.

 

Shiozaki launched the manga in Wani Books' Monthly Comic Gum magazine in 2000, and serialized it in the magazine until it suspended publication in May 2015. Shiozaki then continued to serialize the manga on the Monthly Comic Gum website, which was renamed WEB Comic Gum, until August 2015. Shiozaki launched Shin Ikkitousen in Shonengahosha's Young King Ours magazine in 2015, and the third compiled book volume shipped on April 23.

 

Tokyopop held the license to Yuji Shiozaki's original manga in North America under the name Battle Vixens until the company closed its North American publishing branch in 2011. A spinoff, Ikkitousen Gaiden, launched in Shonengahosha's new Young King BULL magazine this year.

Geneon Entertainment once released the first Ikkitousen anime series in North America, and FUNimation then picked up the license. Media Blasters had licensed both the second Ikkitousen anime series, Ikkitousen: Dragon Destiny, and the third series, Ikkitousen: Great Guardians, but FUNimation picked up the license for Ikkitousen: Great Guardians.

The last anime entry in the franchise, Ikkitousen: Extravaganza Epoch, debuted in December 2014 with two episodes. FUNimation licensed the 2010 Ikkitousen: Xtreme Xecutor anime series, along with the 2011 Ikkitousen: Shūgaku Tōshi Keppu-roku original video anime and shipped the DVD in 2014.

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