The Blue Wolves of Mibu Adds Kensho Ono as Okita Souji

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Voice actor Kensho Ono has been announced as the third cast member for the upcoming The Blue Wolves of Mibu TV anime, playing the role of Okita Souji. A premiere date for the anime series has yet to be revealed. 

Previously announced voice actors that will headline the anime include Shuuichirou Umeda as Nio Chirinu and Youhei Azakami as Toshizou Hijikata. 

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Kumiko Habara (I’m Standing on a Million Lives) is directing the anime, with Kenta Ihara (Gamera: Rebirth, The Marginal Service) as series screenwriter, Miyako Nishida (A Playthrough of a Certain Dude`s VRMMO Life sub-character designer) and Yuuko Ooba (My Unique Skill Makes Me OP Even at Level 1 character design) as character designers, and Yuuki Hayashi (Arknights: Perish in Frost) as music composer. MAHO FILM is the animation production company for the series. 

Tsuyoshi Yasuda’s original manga series began serialization in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine on October 13, 2021. Ten tankoubon volumes were released as of September 2023, with an 11th volume set for release on November 16, 2023. 

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Kodansha USA will release The Blue Wolves of Mibu manga in Spring 2024, describing the story as:

It’s 1863, the twilight of the shogunate, and Japan is on the cusp of monumental change. The streets of the nation’s capital are soaked in blood as political upheaval and rising tensions between masterless, wandering ronin and government samurai set the stage for one of the most turbulent times in Japan’s history. Young orphan Nio is no stranger to the harsh realities of the world, and yet he can’t help but cling to his burning passion for justice and desire to change the world for the better. 

One day, he crosses paths with two men who will become central figures of the coming revolution: Hijikata Toshizo and Okita Souji, two of the founding members of a group of hated ronin known as the Miburo–who would later become known as the Shinsengumi. Inspired by the efforts of the so-called “Blues Wolves of Mibu,” Nio decides to join the ranks to help carve a path to the world he wishes to see. But with new betrayals and reversals every day, will Nio be able to stay true to his conscience?


Source: The Blue Wolves of Mibu Official Anime 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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