Screenshot from 3D Promotional Video of "Sword Gai", produced by anime studio Digital Frontier.

The November issue of Shogakukan’s Monthly Hero Magazine, on sale this Saturday, has announced that the Dark fantasy manga Sword Gai is set to have an anime adaptation, which is set to premiere in Spring 2016.

The casts, staffs and other details will be announced on a later date, but the upcoming series will be produced by Flash anime studio DLE, which also worked on titles like Eagle Talon and Thermae Romae, in collaboration with entertainment content company Fields.


Sword Gai is a Japanese manga series written by Toshiki Inoue, who also handled scripts for Detective ConanDeath Note, as well as screenplay for several Kamen Rider series, while Osamu Kine handles manga illustrations and Garo: Honoo no Kokuin creator Keita Amemiya handles character designs.

The manga was first serialised on Shogakukan’s Monthly Hero Magazine since December 2012, which currently has four (4) volumes.

The story revolves around Gai, who was born beside a woman who met her death in a forest. He was adopted by the swordsmith Amon. A few years later, Gai becomes Amon’s apprentice, and during the forging of a sword, he loses his right arm. To help him, Amon crushes the demon sword Shiryū (lit. Death Dragon) to form it into Gai’s replacement right arm. Gai then is able to fuse with the weapon on his arm, and fights against his enemies. (Synopsis from Anime News Network)


Last year, the manga inspired a 3D promotional video last year by anime studio Digital Frontier, who also produced the anime movie Wolf’s Children.