Golden Kamuy Anime Delayed By Studio Staff Member’s Death

Golden Kamuy

Due to the death of a key staff member on the Golden Kamuy anime series production team, the fourth season will be delayed. The staffer, who died on November 1, 2022, was not named. However, they did play a “main” role in production. The announcement was delivered via the official website and Twitter account.

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On the website, the announcement expressed condolences to the departed staffer. The Golden Kamuy anime production committee and studio Brains Base, which is animating the series, discussed the immediate future of the project. From those discussions came the decision to postpone the broadcast of episodes 6-12 of the ongoing fourth season. (The affected episodes would be numbered 43-49 overall). The committee is also revisiting release plans for the fourth Blu-ray and DVD volume of the series. The committee thanked fans for their patience and understanding. New broadcast and release dates will be announced once determined.

Based on the manga by Satoru Noda, Golden Kamuy is set in the early 20th century following the Russo-Japanese War. Saichi Sugimoto, a veteran soldier nicknamed “Immortal,” is living a meager existence out in Japan’s frontier of Hokkaido. He finds a map to a gold cache hidden by the Ainu (a Japanese indigenous group) and sets off on a quest to claim it. Sugimoto and his allies form a bond with an Ainu girl named Asirpa to help survive the wilderness and handle rivals for the treasure.

Golden Kamuy is airing on Crunchyroll and other streaming services. The manga is published in English by Viz Media. The current fourth season of the anime is postponed until further notice. A live-action adaptation is in development.

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