MAPPA Limbers Up for Original Gymnastics Anime Taiso Samurai

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To say that anime studio MAPPA is staying busy is the understatement of the year. Now they have yet another fall anime to add to their schedule, this time with the announcement of an original gymnastics-based series titled Taiso Samurai


Set in 2002, the story follows the 29-year-old former member of the Japanese mens' gymnastics team, Shotaro Aragaki, who can't quite compete like he used to. While he continues to train, his coach, Noriyuki Amakusa, urges him to retire. However, his devotion to gymnastics, continued training, and support from his daughter Rei push him in another direction. 


Taiso Samurai is set to premiere in Japan on October 10. Check out the debut trailer: 


2020 年 10 月10 日(土)放送開始のTVアニメ「体操ザムライ」の解禁PVが公開されました!


— TVアニメ「体操ザムライ」公式 (@taiso_samurai) August 13, 2020


Teaser visual: 



The main staff includes a bunch of the ZOMBIE LAND SAGA team:



Hisatoshi Shimizu (episodes of ZOMBIE LAND SAGA, Natsume Yujin-cho)


Series Composition

Shigeru Murakoshi (ZOMBIE LAND SAGA, to the abandoned Sacred Beasts)


Character Designer

Kasumi Fukagawa (ZOMBIE LAND SAGA)


Chief Animation Director

Fumihide Sai (ZOMBIE LAND SAGA, Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul)



Masaru Yokoyama (Your Lie in April, Fruits Basket


Animation Production



Cast members revealed thus far:


Shotaro Aragaki - Daisuke Namikawa (Yamato in Digimon Adventure:)

Leonardo - Kensho Ono (Kuroko in Kuroko's Basketball

Tetsuo Minamino - Yuuki Kaji (Eren in Attack on Titan)

Noriyuki Amakusa - Kenyu Horiuchi (Lotus in Black Clover)

Rei Aragaki - Rina Honnizumi (Sicily in Wise Man's Grandchild)


Via Comic Natalie




Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his webcomic, BIG DUMB FIGHTING IDIOTS at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox. 

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