Shin Ikki Tousen key visual and TV anime launch date revealed

Guan Yu Unchou, Hakufu Sonsaku, and Shiryuu Chou'un stand side-by-side with the other girls from Shin Ikki Tousen.
Shin Ikki Tousen promises to deliver fighting action and fan service in equal doses. Pic credit: GENCO/Arms

Shin Ikki Tousen will hit TV screens soon and likely provide martial fans with the fighting action they’ve been craving. According to a recent tweet from the official Twitter account, the TV anime broadcast begins on May 17, 2022, at 8:30 PM. 

However, an advanced screening of the first episode will appear on March 27, 2022. The entire series will consist of only three episodes and conclude on May 31, 2022. Also, an eye-catching key visual showing the main characters has made the rounds and excited fans. 

And the fanfare doesn’t come as a surprise, considering that it’s part of the popular Ikki Tousen franchise, renowned for its large-breasted schoolgirl fighters as its main draw. 

The original manga series written by Yuji Shiozaki launched in Japan on April 26, 2000, and concluded on August 26, 2015. Its serialization began in Comic GUM, and Wani Books published 24 volumes of the manga. Tokyopop licensed the series and published it in North America and the United Kingdom but under a different title: Battle Vixens. 

But the manga series didn’t end there — as its sequel — Shin Ikki Tousen (New Battle Vixens), began serialization in Young King OURs magazine on November 30, 2015.

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What is the story of Shin Ikki Tousen? 

According to a translated excerpt from the official website, the story revolves around the following: 

“A masterpiece of high school girl hyper battle ‘Ikki Tousen’ that revives the soul of the hero of the Three Kingdoms that colored history. As the new chapter, it is decided to animate “Shin Ikki Tousen” serialized in Young King Ours! The “death battle” that Arms deals with, far surpassing the fierce battles of the beautiful fighters, so far, begins here!”

Sonken Chuubou, Shimei Ryomou, Hakufu Sonsaku, Asaemon Yamada, Shiryuu Chou'un, Iwao Sasaki, and Kusunoki Tamonmaru appear in the Shin Ikki Tousen key visual.
The feisty ladies of Shin Ikki Tousen show their fighting spirit in this eye-catching key visual. Pic credit: GENCO/Arms

Who are the cast and staff behind this anime TV series? 

To date, we have confirmation of the following Japanese voice cast members:

  • Ayaka Ohashi as Chuubou Sonken
  • Atsumi Tanezaki as Asaemon Yamada
  • Yuuko Kaida as Shimei Ryomou
  • Masumi Asano as Hakufu Sonsaku
  • Hitomi Nabatame as Unchou Kan’u
  • Yuu Asakawa as Shiryuu Chou’un
  • Mai Kadowaki as Koumei Shokatsuryou
  • Chiaki Takahashi as Himiko
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Rion Kujou, responsible for storyboards on the Naruto TV anime series (Fall 2002), directs Shin Ikki Tousen. Studio Arms handles the animation, but the studio reportedly declared bankruptcy back in 2020. And this could be the reason why they only produced three episodes of the upcoming martial arts series.

A scene from the Shin Ikki Tousen TV anime series where Asaemon Yamada lunges forth with her sword at hand.
Asaemon Yamada doesn’t mess around, as she’s a Special A-Rank fighter with impressive sword skills. Pic credit: GENCO/Arms

Furthermore, the production company is GENCO, responsible for Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? We’ll soon know if this fighting action series will meet expectations. Stay tuned!

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