Masaaki Mizunaka Joins Golden Kamuy Season Four As New Character Ariko

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The production team of the fourth season of Golden Kamuy has revealed that a new character named Ariko (voiced by Masaaki Mizunaka) will join its cast. The new season is set to premiere sometime in October 2022

Mizunaka joins Chikahiro Kobayashi and Haruka Shiraishi as Saichi Sugimoto and Asirpa, who are both respectively reprising their roles from previous seasons. 

The production staff for season four includes Shizutaka Sugahara (Grimms Notes: The Animation, Rin-ne, and D-Frag! director) as chief director, Noboru Takagi as series screenwriter, and Takumi Yamakawa (To Your Eternity, In/Spectre animation director) as character designer. Other staff members involve Tooru Koga (Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion Z) as art director, Yuuku Fukuda (To Your Eternity) as color designer, Oda Yorinobu (To Your Eternity) as photography director, and Kenichirou Suehiro as music composer. Brain’s Base is handling the fourth season’s animation production, taking over for Geno Studio

Golden Kamuy is based on a manga series by Satoru Noda, which was first serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump from August 21, 2014 to April 28, 2022. The series concluded with 31 total tankoubon volumes and was first published under the Young Jump Comics label. Viz Media releases the manga series in English.

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The first and second seasons of Golden Kamuy premiered in 2018 while the third season premiered in 2020. Crunchyroll has streamed the previous seasons and describes the show as:

The story takes place in the mighty Northern field of Hokkaido, the time is in the turbulent late Meiji Era. A post war soldier Sugimoto, aka, “Immortal Sugimoto” was in need of large sums of money for a particular purpose…. What awaited Sugimoto, who stepped into Hokkaido’s Gold Rush with dreams of making a fortune, was a tattoo map leading to a hidden treasure based on hints inscribed on the bodies of convicts in Abashiri Prison?! The magnificent nature of Hokkaido vs vicious convicts and the meeting with a pure Ainu girl, Ashiripa!! A survival battle for a hidden treasure hunt begins! 

Source: Golden Kamuy Official Twitter 

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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