Ryu Fujisaki's 1996-2000 Chinese mythology-inspired Hoshin Engi aka Soul Hunter is set to be adapted into a new TV anime - scheduled to debut on Japanese TV in January of 2018. The latest preview of the production comes in the form of a survey of eleven character design pieces.
The series was previously adapted into a 26-episode anime in 1999. The new one will feature Kensho Ono as Taikobo (previously Hiro Yuki), Takahiro Sakurai as Supushan (previously Yōichi Masukawa) and Tomoaki Maeno as Bunchuu (previously Takashi Matsuyama), Makoto Furukawa as Nataku (formerly voiced by Kōki Miyata), Yuichi Nakamura as Yozen (formerly voiced by Susumu Chiba) and KENN as Ko Tenka (formerly voiced by Isao Yamagishi).
The earlier anime was released in North America by ADV, then rescued by Discotek. Viz released the manga.
Discotek describes their release:
Terrible, wicked spirits tread the ground searching for ways to annihilate mankind! The wise guardians in the sky know they need a brave, clever soldier to single-handedly send the evil souls to their doom! Unfortunately, they chose Taikoubou! It's nice to know the forces of good still have a sense of humor during these dark times.
Saddle up your favorite flying hippo and get ready to join Taikoubou, Sibuxiang, Kou Hiko, and the others for tone of anime's grandest, scariest, and most hilarious adventures!
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