12 Kingdoms, Yu Yu Hakusho character designer Atsushi Wakabayashi to direct
The main staff of the anime adaptation of Kaoru Kurimoto's Guin Saga fantasy adventure novels has been revealed, including director Atsushi Wakabayashi and musical composer Nobuo Uematsu - the man most famous around the world for the Final Fantasy games. Guin Saga is the first anime for which Uematsu was directly in charge of composing the soundtrack; even the anime adaptations of his game projects such as Final Fantasy and Blue Dragon were composed by others. First-time director Wakabayashi created designs for The Twelve Kingdoms and Yu Yu Hakusho and oversaw the animation in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Naruto. Series script supervisor Shoji Yonemura previously wrote scripts for Berserk and Death Note, and the Satelight studio, which recently finished the Macross Frontier television series, will animate the project.
Kurimoto has written 123 volumes about the fantasy adventures of a leopard-masked hero partially inspired by Conan the Barbarian, and over 29 million copies have been published so far. Vertical is releasing both the original novels and Hajime Sawada's manga adaptation in North America.