Golden Kamuy

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Golden Kamuy
The cover art shows Sugimoto, a man carrying a firearm equipped with a bayonet, in front of flames.
Volume 1 cover, featuring Sugimoto
ゴールデンカムイ
(Gōruden Kamui)
GenreAdventure,[1] historical,[2] Japanese-style Western[3]
Manga
Written bySatoru Noda
Published byShueisha
English publisher
DemographicSeinen
MagazineWeekly Young Jump
Original runAugust 21, 2014 – present
Volumes17 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byHitoshi Nanba
Written byNoboru Takagi
Music byKenichirō Suehiro
StudioGeno Studio
Licensed by
Original networkTokyo MX, ytv, STV, BS11
Original run April 9, 2018 December 24, 2018
Episodes24 + 3 OVA (List of episodes)
Original net animation
Golden Dōga Gekijō
Directed byKenshirō Morii
Studio
  • DMM.futureworks
  • W-Toon Studio
Released April 16, 2018 December 18, 2018
Episodes22 + 1 OVA (List of episodes)
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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 from April to December 2018.

Plot[edit]

Saichi Sugimoto, a veteran of the Battle of 203 Hill in the Russo-Japanese War, works as a miner in Hokkaido in order to provide for the widow of his dead comrade. He hears a dubious story about a hidden trove of Ainu gold, the location of which is hidden in the tattoos of a group of convicts who escaped from Abashiri Prison. When he discovers that the story is true, and that multiple other groups are in pursuit of the gold, he decides to search for it with along with Asirpa, a young Ainu girl.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

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.[4] Viz Media announced that they licensed the manga at New York Comic Con 2016,[5] and they have been releasing volumes in North America since June 2017.[6]

Anime[edit]

The opening theme is performed by Man with a Mission.

The anime television series adaptation is produced by Geno Studio. It is directed by Hitoshi Nanba and written by Noboru Takagi,[7] with music by Kenichiro Suehiro, art direction by Atsushi Morikawa, and CG direction by Yuuko Okumura and Yasutaka Hamada.[8] Kenichi Ohnuki is adapting the character designs for animation,[7] while Koji Watanabe designs firearms, Shinya Anasuma designs the props, and Ryō Sumiyoshi designs the animals.[8] The series' opening theme, "Winding Road", is performed by Man with a Mission, and the ending theme, "Hibana" is performed by The Sixth Lie.[9] Like with the manga, Hiroshi Nakagawa, an Ainu language linguist from Chiba University, works on the anime as an Ainu language supervisor.[8]

The anime was announced in July 2017 in Weekly Young Jump,[10] and is planned to air for twelve episodes starting from April 9 to June 25, 2018 on Tokyo MX, ytv, STV, and BS11.[9][11] 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.[12]

At the conclusion of the first season broadcast, a second season was announced and aired from October 8 to December 24, 2018.[13][14] 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.[15][16]

The TV series is simulcast on Crunchyroll, and an English dub started streaming on Funimation starting on April 30, 2018.[17][18] 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.[19] 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.[20] A second OVA was released with the manga's 17th Japanese volume on March 19, 2019.[21] A third OVA based on the manga's "Monster" arc will be released with the manga's 19th Japanese volume on September 19, 2019.[22]

Reception[edit]

Golden Kamuy had 5 million copies in print as of April 2018.[23] It charted on the Oricon Japanese Comics Rankings for the week of April 18–24, 2016, with volume seven placing eighth place.[24]

The series won the ninth Manga Taishō award.[25] It was nominated for the 20th and 21st annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2016 and 2017,[26][27] and won the 22nd in 2018 in the Grand Prize category.[28] It was also nominated for the 40th Kodansha Manga Award in the general category,[29] and for an Eisner Award for best US edition of an Asian comic.[30] It was ranked second in the 2016 edition of the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! list for male readers.[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Official Website for Golden Kamuy". Viz Media. Archived from the original on August 15, 2017. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  2. ^ "Golden Kamuy Vol. 1 - The Spring 2017 Manga Guide". Anime News Network. June 3, 2017. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "マンガ大賞2016受賞『ゴールデンカムイ』は、8年ぶり2度めの"異変"だった". Livedoor News (in Japanese). Line Corporation. March 31, 2016. Archived from the original on September 17, 2017. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
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  5. ^ "Viz Licenses Tokyo Ghoul:re, Vampire Knight Memories, Golden Kamuy Manga". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on 2016-10-08. Retrieved 2016-10-08.
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  7. ^ a b "Fate/Grand Order's Hitoshi Nanba Directs Golden Kamuy Anime at Geno Studio". Anime News Network. October 16, 2017. Archived from the original on October 16, 2017. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  8. ^ a b c "Golden Kamuy Anime's 1st Promo Video Reveals April Premiere". Anime News Network. December 13, 2017. Archived from the original on December 15, 2017. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  9. ^ a b Hodkins, Crystalyn (April 2, 2018). "Golden Kamuy Anime Listed with 12 Episodes". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on April 2, 2018. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  10. ^ "Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy Manga Gets TV Anime". Anime News Network. July 31, 2017. Archived from the original on July 31, 2017. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  11. ^ Chapman, Paul (March 5, 2018). "Golden Kamuy TV schedule". Crunchyroll. Otter Media. Archived from the original on March 6, 2018. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  12. ^ Ressler, Karen (April 16, 2018). "Golden Kamuy Anime's Spinoff Short Streamed". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on April 16, 2018. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  13. ^ "Golden Kamuy Anime Gets 2nd Season in October". Anime News Network. June 25, 2018. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  14. ^ "Golden Kamuy Season 2 Anime Premieres on October 8". Anime News Network. August 29, 2018. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  15. ^ Ressler, Karen (August 5, 2018). "Sayuri, My First Story Perform Opening Song for Golden Kamuy Season 2". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  16. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (August 22, 2018). "eastern youth Perform Ending Song for Golden Kamuy Season 2". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  17. ^ "Funimation Announces 9 Titles for Spring Season Dub Lineup, Including Same-Day Tokyo Ghoul:re Dub". Anime News Network. March 28, 2018. Archived from the original on March 28, 2018. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  18. ^ Ressler, Karen (April 12, 2018). "Funimation Announces Spring SimulDub Premiere Dates". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on April 16, 2018. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  19. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (May 15, 2018). "Golden Kamuy Anime's BDs/DVDs Delayed by 1 Month Each". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on May 15, 2018. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  20. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (May 16, 2018). "Golden Kamuy Gets Original Anime DVD in September". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  21. ^ "Golden Kamuy Gets 2nd Original Video Anime With Manga's 17th Volume". AnimeNewsNetwork. November 21, 2018. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  22. ^ "Golden Kamuy Gets 3rd Original Video Anime With 19th Manga Volume". AnimeNewsNetwork. March 13, 2019. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  23. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (May 7, 2018). "Roundup of Newly Revealed Print Counts for Manga, Light Novel Series (March - May 2018)". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on May 7, 2018. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  24. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, April 18–24". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on May 1, 2016. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  25. ^ "Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy Wins 9th Manga Taisho Award". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on May 4, 2016. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  26. ^ "20th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Nominees Announced". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on April 30, 2016. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  27. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-04-25. Retrieved 2018-04-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  28. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-04-25. Retrieved 2018-04-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  29. ^ "40th Annual Kodansha Manga Awards' Nominees Announced". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on May 10, 2016. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  30. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-04-26. Retrieved 2018-04-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  31. ^ "Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Reveals 2016's Series Ranking for Male Readers". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on May 26, 2016. Retrieved May 9, 2016.

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