It’s been 17 years since the manga ended and 18 years since the last anime was made but now, Hoshin Engi, the manga/anime that was inspired by the Chinese novel, Fengshen Yanyi, will be getting a new anime adaptation.
The news was revealed in the 36th and 37th issue of Young Jump magazine. According to what was published, it seems that the new anime adaptation will be a total remake instead of a sequel to the anime (which was also called Soul Hunter) that ran for 26 episodes in 1999.
On top of that, it has also been revealed who the main cast of the anime would be with Kensho Ono as Taikōbō, Tomoaki Maeno as Bunchū, and Takahiro Sakurai as Sūpūshan (Sibuxiang).
The 23 volume manga by Ryu Fujisaki originally ran from 1996 to 2000 and was roughly based of the chinese novel, Fengshen Yanyi. Set in legendary China, a beautiful female fox spirit named Dakki is controlling the emperor Chu-o and the ruling In dynasty while using her power over him to do evil in the nation. An immortal-in-training named Taikobo is chosen by the great immortal sages for the Houshin Project — to seal away or destroy the evil demons that infest the world. In the course of his adventures, Taikobo gathers other powerful companions and sets out to seal away the demons and eventually destroy the fox-spirit Dakki.
The original anime adaptation differed slightly from the manga and ended before the original manga itself ended its run. So far no other information other than the new adaptation and main cast have been announced. Even the release date for it has yet to be revealed. However, do stay tuned as we’re pretty sure a premiere date for the new anime will be announced pretty soon.