Kinnikuman, the classic boxing juggernaut of the 1980s is back with a fresh new look and even more muscle .
In the world of anime, revivals are nothing new, with several major productions and shows picking up older media and reviving them to either give them a new life or reintroduce them to a larger audience later in the future. There have been pretty successful attempts at a revival including Fullmetal Alchemist which was later revived as Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood.
With 2024, right around the corner, we have another revival on the way with Kinnikuman coming back with a fresher and sharper look but with the same outlandish action and heart that made the original such a staple in the world of anime.
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The original Kinnikuman Anime
Kinnikuman, otherwise known as Muscle Man, is a boxing anime for the ages. Earning its classic status not only in Japan but all over the world. It started out as a manga series that was first published in 1979 for Shonen Jump and was later adapted into an anime that lasted 137 episodes. The manga was created by the manga duo, Yudetamago.
The story of Kinnikuman follows the titular character who happens to be a clumsy, foolish, comical superhero. He discovers that he is the missing prince of the planet Kinniku and must now prove himself as a worthy heir to the throne. He must do so by going through a series of battles against a legion of supervillains and opponents much more stronger than him through tournaments as they stand between him and the throne. The story is campy, outlandish, and a beautiful display of muscle, masculinity, and power. And through it all, it maintains its charm of being a light-hearted anime.
The revival of Kinnikuman
The original anime was revived for the first time in 1991 with a 46-episode series directed by Takeshi Shirato and Atsutoshi Umezawa. This revival was called Kinnikuman: Scramble for the Throne which continued the arch of the struggle to prove himself worthy of the throne and continued on with its cast of colorful characters and outlandish fight scenes. in the early 2000s, the first series was packaged as a series collection.
The 2024 revival of the anime will follow the manga revival arc of 2011. The title of this series is going to be called Kinnikuman Kanpeki Chojin Shiso-hen, otherwise simply known as Kinnikuman. The revival comes alongside the 40th anniversary of the original anime television series and is directed by Akira Sato. You might know Akira Sato from some of his famous works which include Magical Circle Guru-Guru, Deadman Wonderland, and even the World Only God Knows franchise.
The revival has also brought about a lot of stylistic changes, naturally the line work is much sharper, the action scenes are more defined, and the campiness is traded in for a more dark aesthetic fitting with most action anime. Consider it a very One Punch Man Season 1 to One Punch Man Season 2 stylistic change.
The trailer and release date of Kinnikuman
The trailer for the Kinnikuman revival showcases what seems to be the origin story of Kinnikuman. The series will focus heavily on the life, training, and battle for the throne that play a central focus in the series as a whole. There is definitely a shift in style as compared to the original series because of improvements in animation technology and a shift in what is considered standard in animation.
There is a lot to be desired in terms of something that makes the series stand out but overall it is a revival that has managed to stay true to its themes and message.
While there is no official release date yet for the series, it is definitely in production as it is constantly being updated on X and the show’s website. But one thing is for sure, it will see its release in 2024.
What can we expect?
Fans of the series can expect a new outlook on the series and an attempt to bring back to life an IP that has left its mark in the minds and hearts of the people. For newer viewers tuning in, it will give you a great opportunity to look at the show with fresh eyes and appreciate the classic nature of the show itself.
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