The official live-action film adaptation of Golden Kamuy, produced by Credeus, received praise for its “respect for the original anime” from fans who attended a pre-release viewing.
Those who attended the premiere left YouTube reviews on the official Toho MOVIE Channel. These were generally very positive, with most expressing pleasant surprise at how much they enjoyed the film after watching it with relatively low expectations. Golden Kamuy’s cult following is largely behind the manga, as the anime adaptation received mixed reviews for its animation quality and pacing issues. Between the positive reviews of the manga and the more mixed reviews of the anime, fans were uncertain about what to expect with the live-action adaptation.
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The general consensus is that the live-action version still sticks closely to the manga and has surprisingly high production quality. Audiences also praised the film’s comedic aspect, as well as its action sequences and cast, something many said they were skeptical of in the past, especially since the manga is extremely popular. in Japan. Originally written and illustrated by Satoru Noda, Golden Kamuy is a historical drama set after the Russo-Japanese War.
The story follows Saichi Sugimoto, a veteran known as “Immortal Sugimoto” for his absolute determination to survive. During the gold rush in Hokkaido, Sugimoto teams up with Asirpa, an Ainu girl, to search for hidden treasure using a legendary map consisting of tattoos divided among many criminals. As the pair embark on this dangerous journey, they encounter a diverse cast of characters, including treasure hunters, soldiers, and other members of the Ainu community. The series interweaves elements of history, adventure, and mystery, exploring Ainu culture, the consequences of war, and the pursuit of wealth in a harsh and unforgiving wilderness. The manga has received acclaim for its action, cultural themes, humor, and stunning art style.
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Manga Golden Kamuy was serialized in Weekly Young Jump from 2014-2022. As of March 2023, the work has sold more than 24 million copies, becoming one of the best-selling manga series in Japan. The anime adaptation produced by Studio Geno debuted in 2018. Despite mixed reviews, it has been renewed for each season, with a fifth and final season confirmed for June 2023.
The live-action adaptation will be released to the public on January 19, 2024 in Japanese theaters. An international theatrical release has yet to be announced. A streaming release date has also not been confirmed, although production studio Credeus has previously partnered with Netflix and Prime Video. The anime is currently available to stream on Crunchyroll, with the manga licensed by VIZ Media in North America.