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Science SARU Produces 'Heike Monogatari' TV Anime for Winter 2022

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Asmik Ace opened an official website for a television anime adaptation based of Hideo Furukawa's translation of the Heike Monogatari (The Heike Story) epic on Friday. The website revealed the staff, cast members, and first promotional video. The anime is scheduled to premiere on Fuji TV's +Ultra programming block in Winter 2022. The stations' FOD (Fuji TV on Demand) service will begin streaming the anime on September 16 ahead of the television broadcast. Funimation and bilibili will also stream the anime simultaneously this Fall.

Staff
Director: Naoko Yamada (Koe no Katachi)
Script: Reiko Yoshida (Violet Evergarden)
Original Character Design: Fumiko Takano (Kiiroi Hon: Jacques Thibault to Iu Na no Yuujin manga)
Character Design: Takashi Kojima (Flip Flappers)
Art Director: Tomotaka Kubo (Mary to Majo no Hana)
In-between Animation Director: Shoutarou Imai (Persona 5 the Animation)
Color Design: Satoshi Hashimoto (Beastars)
Director of Photography: Kazuto Izumida (Great Pretender)
Editing: Kiyoshi Hirose (Sakamichi no Apollon)
Sound Director: Eriko Kimura (Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na!)
Sound Effects: Hiromune Kurahashi (Otonarium) (Honzuki no Gekokujou)
Music: Kensuke Ushio (Ping Pong the Animation)
History Supervision: Yoshihiko Sata
Biwa Supervision: Yukihiro Gotou
Studio: Science SARU

Cast
Biwa: Aoi Yuuki (Sonny Boy)
Taira no Shigemori: Takahiro Sakurai (Shuumatsu no Walküre)
Taira no Tokuko: Saori Hayami (Akagami no Shirayuki-hime)
Taira no Kiyomori: Tesshou Genda (3-gatsu no Lion)

Other cast announced without a role yet are as follows:

Shigeru Chiba (Overlord)
Kikuko Inoue (Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari)
Miyu Irino (Mob Psycho 100)
Yumiko Kobayashi (Crayon Shin-chan)
Nobuhiko Okamoto (Kami no Tou)
Natsuki Hanae (Odd Taxi)
Ayumu Murase (Bishounen Tanteidan)
Koutarou Nishiyama (Re-Main)
Nobuyuki Hiyama (Highschool of the Dead)
Subaru Kimura (Akudama Drive)
Yuu Miyazaki (Little Witch Academia (TV))
Inori Minase (Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu)
Tomokazu Sugita (Gintama)
Yuki Kaji (Boku no Hero Academia)

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Official site: https://heike-anime.asmik-ace.co.jp/
Official Twitter: @heike_anime

Source: PR Times

Heike Monogatari on MAL
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Is this show related to the Monogatari series by studio SHAFT?
 
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sussyrem said:
Is this show related to the Monogatari series by studio SHAFT?


No. 'Monogatari' just means 'Story'. This one's got nothing to do with NISIOISIN.
 
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Insanely stacked staff.

Naoko Yamada as director, Reiko Yoshida as script writer, Takashi Kojima as character designer who could also bring in alot of freelancer animators from his connections from Flip Flappers
 
 
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Insanely stacked staff.


Even the cast is stacked. Those are some top names.
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Naoko Yamada is enuff for me to watch this.

So is this a movie or a series???

Really stacked staff though.
 
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Naoko Yamada is enuff for me to watch this.

So is this a movie or a series???

Really stacked staff though.
This one is a series, but there's also a movie based on the same setting that was announced some time ago
 
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the staff is insanely good, this can turn out to be like anime of the decade or something. what a stunning preview btw.
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I think through this adaptation Naoko Yamada is trying to challenge herself (Like she always did). Maybe that's the reason for adapting this in Science scaru not KyoAni.

This show have stacked staff to begin with. But i have no idea how this show would be since its very different from her previous works XD.
 
 
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Science SARU is really becoming a goated studio.
 
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seems like a must-watch

 
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Looks very intriguing, will watch this for sure
 
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Ah, A Silent Voice's director and scriptwriter? This should be interesting... the flower shots in the PV look great, too.
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Wtf with the cast yo! So many popular seiyuus there.
 
 
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Yuuki-san, leggo!
Soon
 
 
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Am I dreaming or what? What the fuck is up with staff list??? Naoko Yamada, Reiko Yoshida, Takashi Kojima, Kazuya Izumida, Satoshi Hashimoto and then none other than Kensuke Ushio. There's no way I am believing this is not anime of the season if not anime of the year.


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I think through this adaptation Naoko Yamada is trying to challenge herself (Like she always did). Maybe that's the reason for adapting this in Science scaru not KyoAni.


Correct me if I'm wrong but I feel like it's mostly because of KyoAni not trying to adapt anime outside a certain type of anime. Most of the anime they make are basically adaptations of novels that are published under them. There's obviously exceptions to this but after what happened 2 years ago, they would like to cut down on that for now atleast. Also, isn't this the same reason why Hiroko Utsumi left Kyoani because she wanted to work on more than just Free and do other adaptations and original anime?
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wtf the va cast looks insane many of them are top tier vas. the staff looks great as well
 
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Holy shit with that cast list it has to be good
 
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Only 1 word to say: hype
 
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Loaded cast with an interesting topic, beautiful PV with a great composer. Yeah this could be a highlight for next year.
 
 
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Samurai anime with this kind of staff? Sign me up.
 
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Wow got goosebumps. Science saru saving anime once again
 
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This looks amazing! Definitely gonna watch this.
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Damn, this is gonna be good.
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I'm not even going to bother looking at the PV, Cast or rest of the Staff, because the Director and Scriptwriter already make this an easy "don't-touch-with-a-ten-foot-pole."
 
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Etherius_ZS said:

Correct me if I'm wrong but I feel like it's mostly because of KyoAni not trying to adapt anime outside a certain type of anime. Most of the anime they make are basically adaptations of novels that are published under them. There's obviously exceptions to this but after what happened 2 years ago, they would like to cut down on that for now atleast. Also, isn't this the same reason why Hiroko Utsumi left Kyoani because she wanted to work more than just Free and do other adaptations and original anime?
. I don't know about Hiroko Utsumi. But almost agree with everything you said. And now with Yamada leave. There is a giant hole in kyoani that anyone can never be fill.
 
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yoo new Yamada Naoko anime? definitely going to have to check this out solely for her involvement
 
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Nako Yamada at science saru? I wonder if she is moving to a different studio or going freelance?


 
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This is gonna be a real gem....What a staff sheet, wow
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Yamada Naoko-kantoku over at Science Saru? I’m full of questions right now! Freelance or a new challenge, whatever the case, I’m darn excited.

Script writer from VE and Ushio Kensuke in particular out of that stacked staff list, has gotten me particularly interested in this!

And boy, the cast list isn’t bad at all either.

Crazy stuff, this. Can’t wait for this!
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One of my favorite directors and one of my favorite studios, looking forward to it

Someone pointed it out to me, but Yuuki Aoi is in this too, and that's even more exciting, since she's my favorite voice actress

Hype levels all tye way up
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If this is the The Tale of the Heike, and judging by the names in the cast it is sure this is, I am looking forward to it. This looks something worth the waiting. The article didn't mention it but this anime is most likely based on the classic epic that tells the story of the Genpei war (and the events that had led to it) at the end of the XII. century.
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I have absolutely no words for how stacked this staff and cast is! I’m insanely excited
 
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This is mildly bittersweet, yet super exciting. I'm glad Yamada took the choice of trying something new because honestly, this is a kind of show we probably wouldn't have been able to see at KyoAni, and she probably needed a fresh start anyway. I'm just incredibly glad she didn't stop directing altogether. And I wish her the best in her new endeavors :')
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Ishitateso said:
If this is the The Tale of the Heike, and judging by the names in the cast it is sure this is, I am looking forward to it. This looks something worth the waiting. The article didn't mention it but this anime is most likely based on the classic epic that tells the story of the Genpei war (and the events that had led to it) at the end of the XII. century.
Thanks for pointing this out, I'm even more excited to see this now
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idk if it is just me, but some hype like this comes out, but turns out to be a little mid lol.



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WOW this might be one of the cases where both staff and VA cast go hand-in-hand to be like a S-tier team, but time will tell if the source material's any good to begin with. Because even with such high calibre people working on this, the source material's gonna make or break the show.

Still though, advance streaming in less than 2 weeks, I'm excited.
 
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I couldn't be more excited that Naoko Yamada has created a new anime series that will be distributed to the world within two weeks.

And yet, I feel a bit of bittersweetness and sadness that from now on I won't be able to see any more of her works at KyoAni, especially the third season of Hibike the last episode of Kumiko Oumae.
 
 
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Damn… Yamada-Directed. Ushio-Scored. Holy shit. And very soon too O:
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Damn… Yamada-Directed. Ushio-Scored. Holy shit. And very soon too!


I haven't been this hyped for something for years, and to boot this completely came out of the blue . Not just the cast, the staff, but the story as well it is based on are extraordinary. I hope this will be something that finds its way into my favourites because that list hasn't seen anything new for years.
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I hope this will be something that finds its place into my favourites because that list haven't seen anything new for years.


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actually stacked wow im looking forward to this
 
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Looks like Naoko Yamada's out of Kyoani, huh? It's for the best, I guess.

Given her directorial talent, I'm interested in what she can do outside of Kyoani's limitations. After all, ex-Kyoani talent tends to deliver very well in other environments just like the ones who moved between Wit, MAPPA, and Lapin Track.

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KMSpico said:
Etherius_ZS said:

Correct me if I'm wrong but I feel like it's mostly because of KyoAni not trying to adapt anime outside a certain type of anime. Most of the anime they make are basically adaptations of novels that are published under them. There's obviously exceptions to this but after what happened 2 years ago, they would like to cut down on that for now atleast. Also, isn't this the same reason why Hiroko Utsumi left Kyoani because she wanted to work more than just Free and do other adaptations and original anime?
. I don't know about Hiroko Utsumi. But almost agree with everything you said. And now with Yamada leave. There is a giant hole in kyoani that anyone can never be fill.
Giant hole? Really? Like I get Naoko Yamada was without a doubt a valuable asset/KyoAni staff member, that's undeniable but saying "there's a hole in KyoAni that no one can ever fill" is a bit over-exaggerating.
 
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This looks insanely promising, the PV looks so great holy shit, can't wait!!
 
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Yamada? Ushio? Yoshida? WTFFF is that lineup holy shit

Super SUPER hyped for this, Science Saru has been hitting it off so well lately with the new Tatami Galaxy sequel and now this gorgeous freaking show. Beyond freaking hyped to see a new Yamada work.
 
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Yo the staff and cast line up is a gem. This gonna be fire!🔥