In 2001, Capcom developed a fixed-camera action title called Onimusha: Warlords for PS2 and Xbox. Right off the bat, the title achieved high popularity for its time, managing to sell over one million units on PS2. Over the years, the series would see numerous sequels. Unfortunately, it went dormant after the release of Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams in 2006.
Years later, Capcom tried resurrecting the series with a remaster of Onimusha: Warlords for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2019. While it received a mixed reception from the fanbase, it seems they haven’t given up on the series yet. Earlier today, Netflix unveiled the first look at a new Onimusha project in anime form.
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Posted by Netflix Anime Twitter, we get a look at five different images from the upcoming series. Information is pretty scarce about the anime. However, we know that famed Japanese movie director Takashi Miike is creating it for Netflix. Apart from Miike, Shinya Sugai from Sublimation is also involved in making the anime. Sublimation previously worked on Dragons Dogma anime, another video game series by Capcom.
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Finally, Musashi Miyamoto, who seems to be the protagonist of the anime is modelled after the famed Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune. The protagonist in Onimusha changes from game to game, so it makes sense for Musashi to be the next protagonist in the series.
Many love and adore Mifune for his roles in Akira Kurosawa movies such as Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress and more. In one of the images, we see Musashi wearing the demon gauntlet from the video game.
It seems this is one way through which Capcom is trying to revitalize the interest in the older titles. Earlier, the Dragons Dogma anime helped in increasing interest in the title and the series. Hopefully, the Onimusha anime will do the same for the classic series.