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Original samurai TV anime 'Bucchigire!' releases first PV introducing main cast

The samurai anime features criminals acting as doubles for the Shinsengumi. It will air on July 8, 2022.

By: Nicole S. Castro on April 14, 2022 at 18:21 PHT

Production company Twin Engine has revealed the first promotional video for the original TV anime Bucchigire! (Alternative title: Shine On! Bakumatsu Bad Boys) scheduled to air on July 8, 2022.

The anime is directed and written by Tetsuo Hirakawa (Horimiya), with character concepts by Hiroyuki Takei (Shaman King). The series is animated by Geno Studio.

©︎Bucchigire PROJECT

The story is set during the age of samurai in Japan and tells the story of a group of criminals selected to serve as doubles for the special police force Shinsengumi. Only one of the original Shinsengumi survives, so the criminals must act as the Shinsengumi to maintain peace and order in feudal Kyoto.


  • Ichibanboshi (CV: Gen Satō)

  • Sakuya (CV: Shun'ichi Toki)

  • Heisuke Todo (CV: Toshiyuki Toyonaga)

  • Akira (CV: Sumire Uesaka)

  • Sogen (CV: Shin-ichiro Miki)

  • Suzuran (CV: Yūto Uemura)

  • Gyataro (CV: Wataru Takagi)

  • Bo (CV: Fukushi Ochiai)


  • Director and script writer: Tetsuo Hirakawa

  • Character concept: Hiroyuki Takei

  • Character design: Masafumi Yokota

  • Sub-character design: Toshie Kawamura, Naho Kozono

  • Art: Inspired

  • Art director: Sachiko Nishiguchi

  • Art advisor: Osamu Masuyama

  • Color design: Haruko Nobori

  • Cinematographer: Nozomi Shitara (T2studio)

  • 3DCG director: Hiroshi Akimoto (T2studio)

  • Editor: Hitomi Sudo (REAL-T)

  • Sound director: Satoshi Yano

  • Sound effects: Daisuke Jinbo

  • Sound production: Ai Addiction

  • Music: Yasuharu Takanashi

  • Planning: Twin Engine

  • Animation production: Geno Studio

Source: Bucchigire! official Twitter, official website




Nicole is based in the Philippines and works as a freelance Japanese Translator/Interpreter and copywriter (English). She is a JLPT N2 passer who watches anime to "study" for N1. She has a long career history on LinkedIn (with primary focus on media and translation), but her anime watchlist is much, much longer.

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