Crunchyroll Adds "Gifu Dodo!! Kanetsugu and Keiji" to Anime Lineup

Starts July 2, at 11:00a.m. Pacific Time

A new week means new streaming anime announcements from Crunchyroll for the summer 2013 season, and the first of the day is the historical fantasy Gifu Dodo!! Kanetsugu and Keiji, based on the manga by Tetsuo Hara of Fist of the North Star fame. 


This new series is set to broadcast every Tuesday starting on July 2, at 11:00a.m. Pacific Time for its premium members, with free members able to watch one week later.


The show page will be up soon at



Story and background


Taking place in an alternate telling of Japan’s warring states era, Gifu Dodo!! Kanetsugu and Keiji focuses on the possibility if the famous daimyo Uesugi Kenshin had an illegitimate child. The champions of the Warring States era - Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu - knew, desired, and feared the truth... Hiding within his heart the secret of his lord's illegitimate child while risking his life to protect him, Uesugi Kenshin's chief retainer, Naoe Kanetsugu, teamed up with the legendary warrior known as history's most flamboyant warrior, Maeda Keiji. In an age of inconceivable rivalries between warlords, the two men, though different in position and rank, were lifelong friends and kindred spirits who would die for one another. Never once yielding to any number of powerful men, Kanetsugu and Keiji continue to blaze through the turbulent latter days of the Warring States era, faithfully fighting for justice and their own way of life...


Originally based off of a manga created by Fist of the North Star author Tetsuo Hara, the anime adaptation of Gifu Dodo!! Kanetsugu and Keiji will be directed by Bob Shirohata, whose other works include Hetalia and Gravitation, with Studio DEEN of Hakkenden and Hell Girl fame animating the show. The cast includes Daisuke Namikawa, also known for his roles as Ulquiorra Schiffer from Bleach and Shota Kazehaya from Kimi ni Todoke, as Naoe Kanetsugu, and Takuya Sato, Cardfight!! Vanguard’s Toshiki Kai and Caesar Zeppeli from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, as Maeda Keiji. 


Gifu Dodo!! Kanetsugu and Keiji will be available to Crunchyroll’s Premium members in the following territories: North and South America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand, and to Free members in the following territories: US, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, and South Africa. 





Patrick Macias is editor in chief of Crunchyroll News. He also runs the Japanese Fashion Inferno tumblr blog. Follow him on twitter at @Patrick_Macias.

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