Feature film adaptation of “Blood-C” to hit cinemas next summer

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

A much-anticipated feature film adaptation of “Blood-C” will hit cinemas nationwide on June 2, 2012.

Leading anime studio Production I.G Inc. is working on the feature adaptation of the popular anime series.

Based on original story ideas developed by all-female manga artist group Clamp and Production I.G, the “Blood-C” movie will feature singer and voice actress Nana Mizuki and voice actor Kenji Nojima, who will reprise their roles as vampire killer Saya Kisaragi and Fumito Nanahara, respectively.

Shochiku Co. will distribute the feature adaptation. The leading film studio has released a series of smash hits since summer, including “Sengoku Basara: The Last Party” and feature film adaptations of “Fullmetal Alchemist” and “The Prince of Tennis” anime series.

“Blood-C” is the latest installment in Production I.G’s popular vampire series. The first one, “Blood: The Last Vampire” feature film released in 2000, sent shock waves across the anime industry with its high-quality imagery.

The series has spawned the 2005 “Blood+” animated TV series and a live-action adaptation titled “Last Blood,” which was released in 2009.

Each title revolves around a girl named Saya who wields a samurai sword to destroy vampires.

“Blood-C” attracted attention for its collaboration with Clamp, who have produced many popular manga series including “Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle” and “xxxHolic.”

Visit the anime’s official website at (http://www.blood-c.jp/index.html).

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