Heike Monogatari

The Heike Story

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Alternative Titles

English: The Heike Story
Japanese: 平家物語


Type: TV
Episodes: Unknown
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Sep 16, 2021 to ?
Premiered: Fall 2021
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Science SARU
Source: Book
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 22 min.
Rating: None


Score: 7.691 (scored by 40094,009 users)
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Ranked: #10882
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Popularity: #3146
Members: 32,903
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The Taira clan, also known as the Heike, holds immense authority over Japan. When a young girl, gifted with an odd eye that allows her to see the future, foolishly disrespects the clan, her father pays the price of her crime with his life. Soon after, as fate would have it, Taira no Shigemori—the eldest son of the clan leader—stumbles upon the same unfortunate girl, who now calls herself "Biwa." Biwa informs him that the downfall of the Heike is imminent. After learning of the great injustice Biwa suffered at the Heike's hands, Shigemori vows to take her in and care for her rather than let her be killed.

In an era of rising military tension, the Heike are in the midst of a cunning struggle for power, and bloodstained war is on the horizon. Shigemori, whose eyes allow him to see spirits of the dead, is both anxious and hopeful to prevent his clan's demise. Biwa, however, is reluctant to reveal the future to him and must adapt to her new life filled with both happiness and sorrow in this pivotal chapter in Japanese history.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Yamada, Naoko
Kimura, Eriko
Sound Director
Yoshida, Reiko
Ushio, Kensuke
Theme Song Performance, Theme Song Arrangement, Theme Song Composition, Music


Opening Theme

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"Hikaru Toki (光るとき)" by Hitsuji Bungaku (羊文学)

Ending Theme

"unified perspective" by agraph feat. ANI (++SCHADARAPARR++ (スチャダラパー))

Oct 10, 2021
PowerUpOrDie (All reviews)
Naoko Yamada (K-ON, A Silent Voice) and Science Saru (Hands Off Eizouken!, Devilman Crybaby) team up to deliver an excellent adaptation of one of Japan's most famous pieces of literature.


For the record, the "Heike Monogatari" was written in the Middle Ages the is based on historical events preceding and during the Gempei War of late 12th century. The story is sometimes referred to as "Japan's Iliad", and just as how in the West everybody knows how the Trojan War ended, everybody in Japan knows the final fate of the Heike clan. All this to say, "spoilers" are a moot point given you can learn the read more
Oct 6, 2021
AstralBread (All reviews)
This review contains spoilers for the original Heike Monogatari epic poem.

The Heike Story anime simultaneously:
A) Paces and structures the story in a way that makes it impossible to understand without having read the source material.
B) Shifts the focus of the story to anime-original elements like the new female protagonist and eye-based superpowers.
The result is a mess that doesn’t work as a stand-alone series and doesn’t work as an adaptation.

More on point A:
This is just one example of the many. The second episode of the show tells (via a 30-second narration) the story of a dancer Gio. She used to be the Taira patriarch Kiyomori’s read more
Oct 18, 2021
My interest in this work is DISGUSTINGLY voyeuristic: a survivor of the KyoAni tragedy making a statement after two silent years. Could this anime offer me, the obscene voyeur, a peephole to one of my favorite minds? Before anything else, is Naoko Yamada alright? Will Heike Monogatari be art-as-therapy, a naked expression of the self and courageous confrontation of a fresh, gruesome wound?

For those who do not know, last July 19, 2019, Kyoto Animation's main studio was set on fire by a deranged arsonist, killing 36 and wounding 34 others. Victims include Yasuhiro Takemoto among other key people who worked with Yamada in her directorial read more
Oct 17, 2021
balasim (All reviews)
Well, this might be the worst thing I've seen in this period, I was in such a bad shape without the need for it
Heike Monogatari or "The Heike Story"
*The review may contain some spoilers*
Biwa is a little girl living in a period of Japanese wars and her father is killed in front of her simply and from the first minute of the first episode, which does not give any effect to the viewer. If the first episodes were used to build the character of Biwa and her father and explain the world of anime, the impact of Biwa's father's death would have been greater on read more

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