Soulbuster: JiangXingLuan (JP)
Genre: Action, Modern Fantasy
Season: Fall 2016
Premiere Date: October 4, 2016
Soul Buster (also known as Soulbuster: JiangXingLuan) adapts the popular Chinese comic of the same name. The anime project is a collaborative work between Studio Pierrot (Naruto, Tokyo Mew Mew) and Chinese streaming site Youku Tudou. Episodes have a length of fifteen minutes each.
The theme of the comic revolves around The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, a series of Chinese novels focusing on the exploits of three different kingdoms that each seek to unite the land of China. The novels are beloved not just in China, but around the world, and they continue to influence popular culture.
The place: Jingzhou, China.
According to the history books, this town was once a strategic stronghold during the Three Kingdoms period. A boy named Sun Chen, who hates his town’s history, finds himself haunted by nightmares.
When he awakens from his dream, strange incidents begin to occur one after another. In all the madness, a legendary general from the Three Kingdoms period–Wei Yan–appears in front of him and threatens his life! In his moment of crisis, a beautiful, mysterious woman stands in front of him. Bearing witness to the heroic battles of the Three Kingdoms warriors, what trials await our protagonist Sun Chen?
Voice: Takahiro Mizushima
A high schooler from Jingzhou, China who hates The Romance of the Three Kingdoms novels. He’s a coward, but is actually fairly clever and has a sense of responsibility. Thanks to things that happened in his dreams, the seal erasing the history of The Romance of the Three Kingdoms is broken, and he is thrown into a great battle between heroic generals from the Three Kingdoms period.
Voice: Rui Tanabe
Formerly a general for the Wu forces during the Three Kingdoms period. Zhou Yu’s name is forever engraved into history as a warrior with great talent and prowess as a tactician. By some strange twist of fate, she is chosen by Sun Chen and works alongside him. However, she does not recognize Sun Chen as her lord. Despite her beauty, she lacks feminine charm.
Voice: Seira Ryū
Sun Chen’s beautiful and intelligent honors student classmate. Throughout the ages, her family has guarded the Southern Imperial Villa and she takes her duties as the successor to her clan very seriously. She’s not only critical of those around her, but also of herself. She puts logic before emotion, which leads her to sometimes making cruel decisions.
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Original Creator: Baomai
Chief Director: Kobun Shizuno
Director: Toshinori Watanabe
Series Composition: Masaya Honda
Character Design: Tsutomu Miyazawa
Animation Directors: Tsutomu Miyazawa, Masaaki Sakurai, Ippei Ichii
Art Director: Tōru Koga
Prop Design: Hiroyuki Taiga
Effect Supervision: Takashi Hashimoto
Color Key: Yoshimi Kawakami
Director of Photography: Shigeki Asakawa
Editing: Hiromi Sasaki
Sound Director: Katsunori Shimizu
Music: Akiyuki Tateyama
Music Production: MAGES.
Animation Production: Studio Pierrot
Opening Theme Song: “SOUL BUSTER” by Ayane
Ending Theme Song: “MY OWN LIFE” by Zwei
Takahiro Mizushima as Sun Chen
Rui Tanabe as Zhou Yu
Seira Ryū as Ling Yun
Tetsuya Kakihara as Ma Linwei
Yūko Sanpei as Shuijing
Tomohiro Nishimura as Emperor Xian of the Han
Tarusuke Shingaki as Zhang
Mari Hino as Nurse
Kenichirō Matsuda as Wei Yan
Daisuke Namikawa as Bo Anzi
Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Zhou Cang
Takayuki Sugo as Cheng Pu
Shun Horie as Cao Xing
Ami Koshimizu as Feng Ya
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