Yun Kouga and Seiji Mizushima are reuniting again after working together on Mobile Suit Gundam 00 and Un-Go with the new TENKASOUL. The project is being touted as ‘sengoku rock action’ implying both historical and musical elements. It was announced at SACRA MUSIC’s 2019 festival as the record label behind a number of popular anison musicians is planning the project. Voice actors Shouta Aoi, Mamoru Miyano, and Hiroshi Kamiya will lend their talents to TENKASOUL. As of now, it’s not clear what form this project will take; TV Anime? Mobile or Console Game? Film? Nobody knows and at the time of the announcement both Kouga and Mizushima were purposefully vague only saying it’d be new territory for both of them.
Seiji Mizushima and Yun Kouga teaming up on Mobile Suit Gundam 00 was very much a product of its time. Mizushima had directed the outrageously popular original Full Metal Alchemist anime and its sequel film. Illustrator and character designer Yun Kouga has been working on the manga Loveless on and off since 2002, which enjoyed extreme popularity for its first few years. Working on Gundam 00 in 2007 was a match made in heaven and the pair worked together again on 2011’s Un-Go. Now, they’re doing TENKASOUL.
As we said, it’s unknown what exactly TENKASOUL will be. With some prominent voice actors and big name creators involved though, the potential of this project is high. It could very well be a multi-media project featuring more than just one show, movie, game, or album. Unfortunately, we’re not sure when more information will become available just yet but I’ve got to say Kouga’s art is looking as strong as ever.
In the meantime, you can keep up with TENKASOUL on its dedicated website.