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Adult Swim Announces Rick And Morty Anime Series

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Rick and Morty are turning Japanese! An official anime series using the characters has been approved for production through Telecom Animation Film. Ten episodes have been ordered, Takashi Sano (Tower of God) is directing, and the show will premiere in the US on Adult Swim and HBO Max.

If you’re thinking you heard this announcement already, that was for a slightly different kind of project. Adult Swim previously produced two Rick and Morty anime SHORTS — not full-fledged series, but shorts. They were directed by the same team that will be making this series, and if you’ve never seen either, they’re both watchable right now on AS’s YouTube channel.

If the anime series is anything like the shorts, it won’t be canon, nor will it resemble the Harmon and Roiland version in the least. Sano kinda just does whatever he wants.

As for where the series is bound for, it’s unknown at this time if it’s for Toonami or Sunday evening. It wouldn’t be out of character for Toonami to air this show, as they’ve aired both shorts before.

Getting to the second anime project announced today, it’s well-known by now that Toonami has never been able to land the rights to broadcast Jujutsu Kaisen. We guess they got fed up enough to make their own. Introducing a new shonen, Ninja Kamui, by the same man behind Jujutsu, Sunghoo Park.

The official description reads: “Joe Higan is a Nukenin – a former ninja who escaped his clan and is hiding from his violent past in rural America with his family. One night, he is ambushed by a team of assassins from his former organization who exact a bloody retribution on Joe and his family for betraying their ancient code. Rising from his seeming “death,” Joe will re-emerge as his former self – Ninja Kamui – to avenge his family and friends. Kamui is a 21st century ninja, a shadowy anachronism who pits his ancient skills against high-tech weaponry with brutal finesse. He must face off against trained assassins, combat cyborgs, and rival ninjas to bring down the very clan that made him.”

Sounds pretty cool, at least we hope. Adult Swim’s anime originals have a tendency to disappoint to some degree — but with Park behind the latest one, the tide could be changing. As for the Rick and Morty anime, we expect the regular series to be as weird as the shorts are.