‘One Piece’ Actor Kazuya Nakai Voices Eiichiro Oda’s ‘Monsters’ Manga in Anime Adaptation
The official webpage for the Monsters: 103 Mercies Dragon Damnation anime series announced on Monday that Kazuya Nakai (known for his role as Roronoa Zoro in One Piece) will be lending his voice to the character Dragon and will also be narrating the series. This unexpected announcement was released on the day of the anime premiere in Japan, which was made available via the Netflix and Amazon Prime Video platforms. (The release dates may vary due to differences in time zones.)
Here’s how Ani-One Asia describes the anime:
In a world where tranquility is threatened by a force from the sky, Dragon. This world-shattering terror is central to a legendary one-shot manga created by a young 19-year-old Eiichiro Oda, before his acclaimed series “ONE PIECE”. This is the narrative of the Samurai Ryuma.
The voice actors for the series include:
- Yoshimasa Hosoya as Ryuma
- Kana Hanazawa as Flare
- Hiroki Tōchi as Cyrano
- Mitsuaki Madono as D.R.
- Katsuhito Nomura as Master
Hosoya is returning to voice his character from the previous voice-over drama adaptation.
Notable director Sunghoo Park of Jujutsu Kaisen and Jujutsu Kaisen 0, directed the anime and was assigned the task of composition. His newly formed studio, E&H Production, was responsible for animation. The anime is equivalent to the length of a single episode.
The original one-shot was included in Oda’s compilation of standalone mangas titled Wanted!. Published by Shueisha, Wanted! was released in Japan in 1998. The featured one-shot was initially published in 1994 in the Weekly Shonen Jump. The manga introduced the character Ryuma who later makes an appearance in Oda’s widely known One Piece manga.