Japanese Title: 劇場版 HUNTER X HUNTER 緋色 の 幻影 （ファントム フージュ）
Romaji: Gekijouban Hunter x Hunter: Hiiro no Genei (Fantomu Fu-jyu)
Release Date: 12th Jnuary 2013 (Japan)
Running Time: N/A
Director: Yuzo Sato (Original Creator)
Writer: Yoshihiro Togashi
Starring: Yuki Kaida (Kurapika), Junko Takeuchi (Gon Freecss), Kanako Mitsuhashi (Killua Zoldyck), Hozumi Gouda (Leorio Paladiknight)
This is a trailer for the forthcoming Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge film. This is an anime series I have heard of but have never watched. It seems to be massively popular and has had numerous TV series made out of it… Not that I noticed. This shounen title is the work of Yuzo Sato who has created Yu Yu Hakusho, an old-school title I have heard of. The trailer is… typical shounen anime but the story focusses not on the main character of the franchise but one of the side characters.
Hunting is respected profession. You can hunt money, criminals, animals, recipe ingredients… yes. You can hunt whatever you want so long as you have the talent to become a hunter. While the TV series focussed on a pre-teen boy named Gon, this one focusses on Kurapika who wishes to track down and take revenge on a group of criminals known as the Phantom Troupe. Why? They massacred his clan for having eyes that can turn scarlet during moments of emotional stress. These eyes are considered treasures and Kurapika’s eyes are in danger but with the help of Gon, Killua and Leorio, he is determined to have his revenge.
The seiyuu involved include Yuki Kaida (Kouga in Zetman) and Junko Takeuchi (Naruto Uzumaki in Naruto).
The film is directed by Yuzo Sato who has worked on a variety of anime from medieval demon hunting adventure Claymore to the more sci-fi leaning Biohunter. The Character designer is Takahiro Yoshimatsu who has also had a wide variety of experiences such as being an animation director on Black Cat, character designer on Supernatural the Animation and even the director of Nyanpire The Animation. Music comes from Yoshihisa Hirano who scored the Death Note anime.