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

by DatRandomDude
Sep 2, 2021 7:37 PM | 46 Comments

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.

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

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)


Official site:
Official Twitter: @heike_anime

Source: PR Times

Heike Monogatari on MAL

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Yo the staff and cast line up is a gem. This gonna be fire!🔥

Oct 14, 2021 3:02 AM by nico0820

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.

Sep 12, 2021 12:36 AM by minhhuy525

This looks insanely promising, the PV looks so great holy shit, can't wait!!

Sep 11, 2021 5:56 PM by charlieman999

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.

Sep 8, 2021 11:07 AM by Blue_Flame18

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.

Sep 5, 2021 2:57 PM by Znra

actually stacked wow im looking forward to this

Sep 4, 2021 5:37 AM by dompsterfire

I hope this will be something that finds its place into my favourites because that list haven't seen anything new for years.


Sep 4, 2021 2:00 AM by IljaKorhonen

IljaKorhonen said:
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.

Sep 4, 2021 1:47 AM by Ishitateso

Damn… Yamada-Directed. Ushio-Scored. Holy shit. And very soon too O:

Sep 4, 2021 1:22 AM by IljaKorhonen

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.

Sep 3, 2021 11:19 PM by kaniashi

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.

Sep 3, 2021 12:32 PM by KANLen09

idk if it is just me, but some hype like this comes out, but turns out to be a little mid lol.

Sep 3, 2021 10:13 AM by NextUniverse

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

Sep 3, 2021 9:16 AM by Tokoya

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 :')

Sep 3, 2021 7:19 AM by R0rack

I have absolutely no words for how stacked this staff and cast is! I’m insanely excited

Sep 3, 2021 6:55 AM by mrs-jaegerjaquez

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.

Sep 3, 2021 6:54 AM by Ishitateso

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

Sep 3, 2021 6:53 AM by NG_Chloe

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!

Sep 3, 2021 6:38 AM by _MushiRock11_

This is gonna be a real gem....What a staff sheet, wow

Sep 3, 2021 6:04 AM by Tokoya

Nako Yamada at science saru? I wonder if she is moving to a different studio or going freelance?

Sep 3, 2021 4:47 AM by Atlos

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