Funimation has announced a new title, The Heike Story, which will be a TV anime with Naoko Yamada as director at studio Science SARU. The anime adapts the story The Tale of the Heike, which was translated into modern Japanese by Hideo Furukawa. It will premiere on the platform on September 15, an entire season ahead of the broadcast in Japan, which is set for January2022. You can watch the trailer below:
Naoko Yamada became a legend at Kyoto Animation, and this will be her first time at a different studio. You can read a lot more about her history at KyoAni and links to Science SARU on the Sakuga Blog. They also revealed some more staff for the anime. Reiko Yoshida serves as the composer, while Kensuke Ushio is in charge of the music. Fumiko Takano did the character drafts, while Takashi Kojima adapted them for the anime. Ken Hashimoto is in charge of the color design, with Tomotaka Kubo as the art director. Shotaro Imai is the video director and Eriko Kimura as the sound director. Hiromune Kurahashi handles the sound effects. Yoshihiko Sata supervises the history aspect, while Yukihiro Gotou supervises the Biwa playing.
What is The Heike Story
The Tale of the Heike is originally an epic of medieval Japanese literature, and it covers the battles of the Taira and Minamoto clans for control of Japan during the Genpei War (1180 – 1185). It has been an inspiration for centuries, and has also received many translations and interpretations over the time. The TV anime will focus on Biwa, a storyteller girl, who meets Taira no Shigemori, heir to his clan, and eventually gives him a prophecy of his clan’s downfall.
Aoi Yuuki voices Biwa, with Takahiro Sakurai voicing Taira. Hayami Saori voices Tokuko, and Tesshō Genda voices Kiyomori. The rest of the cast includes Kikuko Inoue, Miyu Irino, Yumiko Kobayashi, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Natsuki Hanae, Ayumu Murase, Kioutaro Nishiyama, Nobuyuki Hiyama, Subaru Kimura, Miyazaki Yuu, Inori Minase, Tomokazu Sugita, and Yuki Kaji.
The trailer for The Heike Story TV anime seems interesting, so let’s wait for September 15!
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Source: Funimation Blog & YouTube, Mantan Web
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