On Friday, the official Twitter account for the upcoming television anime within the Kinnikuman franchise unveiled an array of exciting details. These revelations included information about the staff, the animation studio, the title, a visual preview, and the slated premiere for 2024.
The anime’s title is none other than “Kinnikuman Kanpeki Chо̄jin Shiso-hen” (Kinnikuman Perfect Origin Arc), drawing its name from the 2011 revival manga’s equally renowned story arc.
Guiding this anime venture is Akira Sato, known for their work on “Release the Spyce,” and it’s being produced by the esteemed studio Production I.G. Handling the series composition duties is Makoto Fukami, the talent behind notable works like “Psycho-Pass” and the 2016 “Berserk” adaptation.
The character designs are the brainchild of Hirotaka Marufuji, renowned for contributions to “Lupin the 3rd Part 6,” while the musical score is being expertly crafted by Yasuharu Takanashi, celebrated for compositions in “Naruto Shippūden.”
This new anime marks a momentous occasion, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the original television anime that made its debut back in April 1983. The dynamic manga creator duo, collectively known as Yudetamago, revived their original Kinnikuman wrestling manga in 2011, offering it as a free web manga.
This revival takes readers back to the roots of the 1979 Kinnikuman storyline, resuming where the narrative last left off in 1987. The original manga has been the wellspring for numerous television anime series and films, demonstrating its enduring legacy.
Yudetamago even treated fans to a Kinnikuman one-shot manga in Shueisha’s Grand Jump magazine in 2015 and a one-shot in Weekly Shonen Jump in June 2019, marking their return to the publication after an 11-year hiatus. On top of that, the manga’s 83rd compiled volume was just released in Japan this past Friday.
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For those nostalgic for the ’80s, it’s worth noting that toy figures of Kinnikuman were imported into the United States, donning the moniker “M.U.S.C.L.E.” Viz Media brought Takashi Shimada and Yoshinori Nakai’s Kinnikuman Nisei – Second Generations manga sequel to North America, where it was known as “Ultimate Muscle: The Kinnikuman Legacy,” and 4Kids Entertainment broadcasted the anime adaptation on television.