As we found out yesterday, it’s going to be a while before we ever see Uzumaki, the adaption of Junji Ito’s classic horror manga, show up on Toonami. But there are plenty of other originals in development and one is coming very soon. Fena: Pirate Princess, an anime co-produced by Toonami and Crunchyroll, has been confirmed to be debuting sometime “this summer.”
Fena Houtman is described as a “positive, cheerful orphan…known for her pale skin and glowing silver hair.” She was raised as a servant in a brothel, but when she escapes to an island of pirates, she starts discovering secrets about her true origin she never knew. Now she finds herself in the unexpected position of captain for a ship full of samurai, including her bodygoard Yukimaru, the warrior Shitan, perky twins Kaede and Enju, their older sister Karin (who “geeks out over technology like her rifle”), and others.
Fena is well on her way to becoming a pirate, but is she a princess? That’s a secret none of the promotional materials are willing to divulge. As she finds out more about her past, so will we, but until then, here’s the trailer:
Fena: Pirate Princess is based on an original story by Kazuto Nakazawa, who is also serving as director of the anime. Asako Kuboyama wrote the screenplay and Yuki Kajiura is making the music score through FlyingDog. Production IG is handling the animation.
There are four original anime productions at the moment that Adult Swim is overseeing: Uzumaki, Fena: Pirate Princess, an adaption of Sega’s Shenmue games, and Blade Runner: Black Lotus, a prequel to the iconic pair of movies. Both Fena and Blade Runner were announced for a 2021 release, and since it appears Fena is going to make it, maybe we’ll be seeing Blade Runner soon as well.