Volume 1 cover, featuring Sugimoto
|Genre||Adventure, historical, Japanese-style Western|
|Written by||Satoru Noda|
|Magazine||Weekly Young Jump|
|Original run||August 21, 2014 – present|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Hitoshi Nanba|
|Written by||Noboru Takagi|
|Music by||Kenichirō Suehiro|
|Original network||Tokyo MX, ytv, STV, BS11|
|Original run||April 9, 2018 – present|
|Episodes||13 + 1 OVA|
|Original net animation|
|Golden Dōga Gekijō|
|Directed by||Kenshirō Morii|
|Released||April 16, 2018 – present|
|Episodes||10 + 1 OVA|
Golden Kamuy (Japanese: ゴールデンカムイ Hepburn: Gōruden Kamui) is a manga series written and illustrated by Satoru Noda. The Ainu language in the story is supervised by Hiroshi Nakagawa, an Ainu language linguist from Chiba University. The manga won the ninth Manga Taishō award. Viz Media licensed the manga in North America. An anime television series adaptation by Geno Studio premiered in April 2018.
Saichi Sugimoto, a survivor of the battle of 203 Hill in the Russo-Japanese War has become a miner in Hokkaido in order to provide for the widow of his dead comrade, Toraji. He hears a dubious story of hidden Ainu gold (worth about 800,000,000 JPY / 6,636,000 USD) stashed by a criminal group, and accidentally finds clues to its location. After being attacked by the 7th Division of the Imperial Japanese Army and other mysterious groups, he decides to search for the gold along with an Ainu girl, Asirpa, who rescues him from Hokkaido's harsh northern wilderness.
- Saichi Sugimoto (杉元 佐一 Sugimoto Saichi)
- Voiced by: Chikahiro Kobayashi (Japanese); Ian Sinclair (English)
- A demobilized soldier who survived the Russo-Japanese War in 1904. He served in the 1st Division of the Imperial Japanese Army and fought in the battle of 203 Hill. He was feared for his savage fighting style and amazing toughness on the battle field, and was known as "Immortal Sugimoto" (不死身の杉元 Fujimi no Sugimoto). He decides to make money to save Umeko (梅子), the disabled wife of his dead comrade Toraji (寅次).
- Asirpa (Ainu: アシㇼパ)
- Voiced by: Haruka Shiraishi (Japanese); Monica Rial (English)
- An Ainu girl who is searching for the murderer of her father. She saved Sugimoto from a wild bear accidentally and she decides to cooperate with him because her father was a victim of hunters for Ainu gold. Her Japanese name is Asuko Kochoube (小蝶辺 明日子 Kochōbe Asuko).
- Yoshitake Shiraishi (白石 由竹 Shiraishi Yoshitake)
- Voiced by: Kentarō Itō (Japanese); Ben Phillips (English)
- A prisoner with a tattoo, known as a master escape artist. He is initially captured by Sugimoto and later agrees to a truce after they need each other's help to survive the bitter cold after they fall in a river.
- "Noppera-bo" (のっぺら坊 Nopperabō, "No Face")
- A prisoner known only as "Noppera-bo" ("No Face"), he murdered Ainu people who knew the location of the gold, and then hid it. Noppera-bo painted a partial map on 24 prisoners' backs in the form of a tattoo. His actual name is Wilk, and is Asirpa's biological father. He is a Russian Ainu of Polish ancestry. His ultimate goal for the gold is to use it to start an Ainu revolution against the Japanese government, with his daughter as their leader.
- Lieutenant Tsurumi (鶴見 中尉 Tsurumi-chūi)
- Voiced by: Houchu Ohtsuka (Japanese); David Wald (English)
- A career officer in the 7th Division of the Imperial Japanese Army who searches for the Ainu hidden gold in order to be able to separate Hokkaido from Japan as an independent country run by a military dictatorship, with himself as leader. His upper face is covered with a metal plate because of a head injury he suffered from an artillery bombardment during the Russo-Japanese War, and now suffers from the aftereffects of severe brain damage, including mood swings and sudden outbursts of violence. He has a strong hatred against the Japanese government because it did not extract any remuneration from Russia after the war and abandoned its soldiers.
- Hyakunosuke Ogata (尾形 百之助 Ogata Hyakunosuke)
- Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda (Japanese); Orion Pitts (English)
- Superior private. A soldier who falls in a river after fighting with Sugimoto, but later manages to alert the 7th Division.
- Genjirō Tanigaki (谷垣 源次郎 Tanigaki Genjirō)
- Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (Japanese); David Matranga (English)
- Private first-class. A serious and sincere youth. Muscles rich in chest hair. Sometimes called a former Matagi, the arms of shooting are certain, and even in the mountains of Hokkaido which is not familiar, it utilizes its wisdom, technology and experience.
- Hajime Tsukishima (月島 基 Tsukishima Hajime)
- Voiced by: Eiji Takemoto
- Kōhei Nikaidō (二階堂 浩平 Nikaidō Kōhei)
- Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese); Stephen Sanders (English)
- Toshizō Hijikata (土方 歳三 Hijikata Toshizō)
- Voiced by: Jouji Nakata (Japanese); Greg Dulcie (English)
- A former samurai who fought against the overthrow of the Tokugawa Shogunate and has been thought to be dead for decades. He escaped from prison alongside 24 prisoners with tattoos on their backs and formed a group to search for the hidden Ainu gold. He plans to steal the gold in order to fund the secession of Hokkaido from the rest of Japan as well as to fund the war effort for the inevitable civil war, with the ultimate goal of creating a second Republic of Ezo.
- Shinpachi Nagakura (永倉 新八 Nagakura Shinpachi)
- Voiced by: Takayuki Sugo
- Tatsuuma Ushiyama (牛山 辰馬 Ushiyama Tatsuuma)
- Voiced by: Kenji Nomura (Japanese); Christopher R. Sabat (English)
- Tetsuzō Nihei (二瓶 鉄造 Nihei Tetsuzō)
- Voiced by: Akio Ōtsuka
- A famous bear hunter on Hokkaido.
- Kazuo Henmi (辺見 和雄 Henmi Kazuo)
- Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki
- Kiroranke (Ainu: キロランケ)
- Voiced by: Masaki Terasoma
- Inkarmat (Ainu: インカㇻマッ)
- Voiced by: Mamiko Noto
- Kano Ienaga (家永カノ Ienaga Kano)
- Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara
- Yasaku Edogai (江渡貝弥作 Edogai Yasaku)
- Voiced by: Yuuma Uchida
- Second Lieutenant Otonoshin Koito (鯉登音之進 Koito Otonoshin)
- Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi
Golden Kamuy is written and illustrated by Satoru Noda. It began serialization in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine on August 21, 2014. The series has been collected in 14 tankōbon volumes as of June 2018. Viz Media announced that they licensed the manga at New York Comic Con 2016, and they have been releasing volumes in North America since June 2017.
The anime television series adaptation is produced by Geno Studio. It is directed by Hitoshi Nanba and written by Noboru Takagi, with music by Kenichiro Suehiro, art direction by Atsushi Morikawa, and CG direction by Yuuko Okumura and Yasutaka Hamada. Kenichi Ohnuki is adapting the character designs for animation, while Koji Watanabe designs firearms, Shinya Anasuma designs the props, and Ryō Sumiyoshi designs the animals. The series' opening theme, "Winding Road", is performed by Man with a Mission, and the ending theme, "Hibana" is performed by The Sixth Lie. Like with the manga, Hiroshi Nakagawa, an Ainu language linguist from Chiba University, works on the anime as an Ainu language supervisor.
The anime was announced in July 2017 in Weekly Young Jump, and is planned to air for twelve episodes starting on April 9, 2018 on Tokyo MX, ytv, STV, and BS11. Golden Dōga Gekijō, a series of 25-second animated shorts based on extras included in the Golden Kamuy manga volumes and Weekly Young Jump, is directed by Kenshirō Morii and produced at DMM.futureworks and W-Toon Studio, and premiered on April 16, 2018, on the Internet.
At the conclusion of the first season broadcast, a second season was announced and will begin airing in October 8, 2018. The second season's opening theme, "Reimei", is performed by Sayuri and My First Story, and the ending theme, "Tokeidai no Kane" is performed by Eastern Youth.
The TV series is simulcast on Crunchyroll, and an English dub started streaming on Funimation starting on April 30, 2018. The series will also be released across three DVD and Blu-ray volumes in Japan, starting in July 2018; they had originally been planned to release starting in June, but were delayed one month to allow for improvements to the footage compared to the TV broadcast version. The Japanese home video volumes will include the Golden Dōga Gekijō shorts, including four episodes that are exclusive to the first volume. An original video animation (OVA) based on the manga's "Barato" arc was released on DVD in a bundle with the manga's 15th Japanese volume on September 19, 2018.
The series won the ninth Manga Taishō award. It was nominated for the 20th and 21st annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2016 and 2017, and won the 22nd in 2018 in the Grand Prize category. It was also nominated for the 40th Kodansha Manga Award in the general category, and for an Eisner Award for best US edition of an Asian comic. It was ranked second in the 2016 edition of the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! list for male readers.
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