Anime publisher Sentai Filmworks, today announced that it has acquired the rock comedy anime series “Samurai Jam -Bakumatsu Rock-” for release in North America, raising the total of recent anime acquisition announcements to eleven.
Originally based on a PSP game from Marvelous Inc., the “Samurai Jam -Bakumatsu Rock-” anime is directed by Itsuro Kawasaki (Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father!) and features animation production by Studio Deen, to studio behind series like the NIS America published, “Uminkeo -When They Cry-”. The anime also has series composition by Mitsutaka Hirota (The Prince of Tennis II) and art direction by Tsutomu Nishikura (Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino). The anime series began airing this month.
Set in the middle of the 19th century, as the dark overlords of the Late Tokugawa Shogunate rule Japan with an iron fist, “Samurai Jam -Bakumatsu Rock-” follows Sakamoto Ryoma and his “masters of the martial art of rock”. To maintain control of the people, the Shogunate orders all of the top idols in Shinsengumi to sing only “Heaven’s Songs”, in order to brainwash the masses, but Sakamoto and his pals just want to rock, and they will do everything they can to change the ways of the old guard and win the hearts of their fans, by shredding on their guitars and bringing rock-n-roll to the masses.
“Samurai Jam -Bakumatsu Rock-” will be available through select digital outlets soon. One place that it is currently available is on Crunchyroll.com, with the first two episodes available now and new episodes premiering on Wednesdays. A home video release of the series is also planned by Sentai Filmworks, but the publisher has not released any details about that, at this time.