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)
Genre Adventure,[1] historical,[2] Japanese-style Western[3]
Manga
Written by Satoru Noda
Published by Shueisha
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Weekly Young Jump
Original run August 21, 2014 – present
Volumes 14 (List of volumes)
Other media

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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 in April 2018.

Plot[edit]

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.

Characters[edit]

Saichi Sugimoto (杉元 佐一, Sugimoto Saichi)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Private first class. 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)
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)
Kōhei Nikaidō (二階堂 浩平, Nikaidō Kōhei)
Toshizō Hijikata (土方 歳三, Hijikata Toshizō)
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)
Tatsuuma Ushiyama (牛山 辰馬, Ushiyama Tatsuuma)
Tetsuzō Nihei (二瓶 鉄造, Nihei Tetsuzō)
A famous bear hunter on Hokkaido.
Kazuo Henmi (辺見 和雄, Henmi Kazuo)
Kiroranke (Ainu: キロランケ)
Inkarmat (Ainu: インカㇻマッ)

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]

An anime television series adaptation produced by Geno Studio and directed by Hitoshi Nanba[7] premiered on April 9, 2018 on Japanese television airing for 12 episodes. [8][9] The show will air a second season starting in October 2018.[10] The series simulcasted on Crunchyroll, and an English dub streamed on Funimation starting on April 30, 2018. [11][12] The Sixth Lie performed "Hibana", the official ending for the anime.[13]

Reception[edit]

Golden Kamuy had 5 million copies in print as of April 2018.[14] It charted on the Oricon Japanese Comics Rankings for the week of April 18–24, 2016, with volume seven placing eighth place.[15]

The series won the ninth Manga Taishō award.[16] It was nominated for the 20th and 21st annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2016 and 2017,[17][18] and won the 22nd in 2018 in the Grand Prize category.[19] It was also nominated for the 40th Kodansha Manga Award in the general category,[20] and for an Eisner Award for best US edition of an Asian comic.[21] It was ranked second in the 2016 edition of the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! list for male readers.[22]

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. 
  4. ^ "ゴールデンカムイ/14" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved May 27, 2018. 
  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. 
  6. ^ "Golden Kamuy, Vol. 1". Viz Media. Retrieved October 14, 2017. 
  7. ^ "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. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Chapman, Paul (March 5, 2018). "Golden Kamuy TV schedule". Crunchyroll. Otter Media. Archived from the original on March 6, 2018. Retrieved March 6, 2018. 
  10. ^ https://twitter.com/kamuy_anime/status/1011254602514120705
  11. ^ "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. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ "Find Your Treasure at the TV Anime Golden Kamuy Fair and Only Shop - Manga Planet". Manga Planet. 2018-07-06. Retrieved 2018-07-09. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, April 18–24". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on May 1, 2016. Retrieved May 9, 2016. 
  16. ^ "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. 
  17. ^ "20th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Nominees Announced". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on April 30, 2016. Retrieved May 9, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-04-25. Retrieved 2018-04-25. 
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-04-25. Retrieved 2018-04-25. 
  20. ^ "40th Annual Kodansha Manga Awards' Nominees Announced". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on May 10, 2016. Retrieved May 9, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-04-26. Retrieved 2018-04-26. 
  22. ^ "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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