Fans of puppet-based martial arts mayhem are in for a treat, because at AnimeJapan 2017 Nitroplus announced that in addition to the upcoming sequel to Thunderbolt Fantasy, a spin-off prequel project which focuses on the exploits of Shā Wú Shēng, the Screaming Phoenix Killer, is in production.
The story of Thunderbolt Fantasy: Sword of Life and Death will be based in part on the Thunderbolt Fantasy Gaiden novel (which will be released in Japan on April 07, 2017), and in part on a new story penned by Gen Urobochi. A new character named Tiě Dí Xian, the instructor of Shā Wú Shēng, will appear in the film.
The exact format and release date for Thunderbolt Fantasy: Sword of Life and Death have not yet been revealed, although it appears the project may be composed of 2 episodes released in an omnibus format, and the project is scheduled for release some time in 2017.
Paul Chapman is the host of The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast and GME! Anime Fun Time.