Taboo Tattoo

  • The next anime on the must watch list for the Summer 2016 Simulcast Season is based on "an ongoing Japanese action adventure seinen manga series" that began in 2009 under Kadokawa's Media Factory imprint. Taboo Tattoo is often praised as being a "stylish super-powered battle action manga." The manga is written and illustrated by Shinjirō. Yen Press publishes the manga in the US, and there are currently two volumes released in English.

    By all accounts, middle schooler Seigi is pretty unremarkable except for his martial arts prowess and a desire to protect the weak. But when his good intentions are put to the test by saving an old homeless man from some street thugs, the mysterious man shows his gratitude by…burning a tattoo onto Seigi's palm?!
    It turns out, the tattoo is a powerful secret weapon that everyone--including a formidable girl with a tattoo of her own--is after. With his life on the line and his martial arts skills alone no match against super-powered foes, will Seigi be able to unlock the latent potential of his tattoo and live to fight another day?!


    "Takashi Watanabe (The Slayers, Shakugan no Shana, Freezing, Heavy Object) is directing the 'stylish action epic' series at the anime studio J.C. Staff. Shinya Hasegawa (Golden Time, Revolutionary Girl Utena) will design the characters and Mayori Sekijima (Skip Beat!, Pandora Hearts) and Masateru Ohtake will handle series composition and scripts. Shinji Hosoe is composing the music. May'n (Macross Frontier, Accel World, Aquarion Logos) will perform the anime's opening theme song 'Belief.' TRIGGER, a unit composed of Furukawa, Anzai, and Komatsu as their respective characters, will perform the anime's ending theme song 'Egoistic Emotion.'"

    Character profiles for the main cast were also released:

    Justice Akatsuka (nickname Seigi)

    A boy who had a strange rune engraved on his hand after saving a mysterious man. A user of Akatsuka-style Jujitsu, he is trained by his vigorous grandfather. His nickname is the Japanese word for Justice.

    Tōko Ichinose

    Justice's childhood friend and classmate.

    Bluesy Fluesy (nickname Easy)

    A girl who suddenly appeared in front of Justice. She has the physical strength to overpower him.

    Aryabahta (Ariya)

    The princess of the Kingdom of Celistan. She strikes a beautiful figure, and comports herself with dignity, but her love of games is unequaled.


    A girl who has pledged her allegiance to Ariya.

    R.R. Lurker

    A man who works under Ariya. A sadistic whip-wielder.

    Kar Shekar

    A loyal servant to her sovereign, and a close aide to the princess Arya.

    Lisa Lovelock

    The commander of the Curse Unit of the U.S. Army, and good friends with Easy.

    Brad Blackstone

    A highly skilled combatant whose motives are unclear.

    Taboo Tattoo is going to be an awesome action show that will be one of the most exciting anime this upcoming season. Having the director from Heavy Object working on this project is going to ensure that it is done right. If it's anything like his previous work, then Taboo Tattoo is going to be crazy!

    Taboo Tattoo premieres on July 4 and will simulcast on Crunchyroll.

    To check out the first volume of the manga, head over to Yen Press:

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  • The official website for Taboo-Tattoo released a new preview video debuting the opening theme song, "Belief," by May'n.

    In addition to the video, the website also revealed an additional character profile:

    Tom Shredfield

    Tom is an otaku who loves moe characters, and he works with Easy.

    Taboo Tattoo premieres on July 4 and will simulcast on Crunchyroll.

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  • Two more character profiles were added to the site:

    Professor Wiseman

    A mysterious man that Seigi saves from being involved.

    Colonel Sanders

    A U.S. Army colonel. He is a patriot who is one of those responsible for the tattoos.

    This guy's name is Colonel Sanders. Wow, I'm not sure how to feel about this. Haha Taboo Tattoo premieres on Crunchyroll on July 4.

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