The official website of Golden Kamuy announced on Nov 8, 2022, that a main staff member of season 4 of the anime had passed away on Tuesday, Nov 1, 2022. No info on the staff has been revealed yet.
“We would like to express our deepest condolences and our heartfelt prayers for the repose of his soul,” the rest of the staff wrote in response to the passing of the staff member.
As for the upcoming episodes of Golden Kamuy season 4, the production committee has decided to postpone the distribution of episodes 43 to 49 (i.e., 7 to 13).
More information on the resumption of the episodes and the release of the 4th Blu-ray disk will be revealed on the official website and Twitter handle soon.
“As the Golden Kamuy Production Committee, we will continue to produce better works so that we can deliver better works to the customers who are looking forward to the broadcast. We sincerely appreciate your understanding.
-Golden Kamuy Production Committee.”
Golden Kamuy season 4 premiered in Japan on Oct 3, 2022.
Hitoshi Nanba from Geno Studio passed on his role as chief director to Shizutaka Sugahara from Brain’s Base, with Takumi Yamakawa taking over as Character designer.
The opening theme of the anime, “NEVER SAY GOODBYE feat. Mummy-D” is performed by Japanese hiphop/funk band ALI. While the ending theme, “Subete ga Soko ni Arimasu yo ni,” is performed by Japanese rock band THE SPELLBOUND.
Golden Kamuy is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Satoru Noda. It was serialized in Shueisha’s seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Jump from August 2014 to April 2022, with its chapters collected in thirty-one tankōbon volumes.
The story follows Saichi Sugimoto, a veteran of the early twentieth-century Russo-Japanese War, and his quest to find a huge fortune of gold of the Ainu people, helped by a young Ainu girl named Asirpa.
The Ainu language in the story is supervised by Hiroshi Nakagawa, an Ainu language linguist from Chiba University.
As of June 2022, Golden Kamuy had over 22 million copies in circulation, making it one of the best-selling manga series. The manga won the 9th Manga Taishō in 2016 and the 22nd Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2018.
An anime television series adaptation produced by Geno Studio aired with two seasons from April to December 2018. A third season aired from October to December 2020.
Source: Official Website