“The Tale of the Heike” is the historical classic novel, which depicted from the rise to the fall of Heike clan. It was told by lute priests, and had a significant effect on various types of literature and stage plays up to this day, and now experiences consecutive TV anime series adaption.
The TV anime will be based on the translation by Furukawa Hideo, which was published from Kawade Shobou Shinsha in 2016.
The storyteller and the protagonist, a lute priest, will be a girl called Biwa, and the story of "The Tale of the Heike" revolves around the interaction between the people of the Taira clan, including the oldest son of Taira no Kiyomori named Shigemori and his sister Tokuko, and Japanese lutes, depicting not only the epic historical facts but also an ensemble cast of the people who survived through hardship in the era.
Casts for this anime are the following: Yuuki Aoi (Biwa), Sakurai Takahiro (Shigemori), Hayami Saori (Tokuko), Genda Tesshou (Taira no Kiyomori), Chiba Shigeru, Inoue Kikuko, Irino Miyu, Kobayashi Yumiko, Okamoto Nobuhiko, Hanae Natsuki, Murase Ayumu, Nishiyama Koutarou, Hiyama Nobuyuki, Kimura Subaru, Miyazaki Yuu, Minase Inori, Sugita Tomokazu, and Kaji Yuuki.
The staff information was revealed also at this time. The director is Yamada Naoko, known for “A Silent Voice” and “Keion!” series, scriptwriter is Yoshida Reiko (“A Silent Voice the Movie” and “Violet Evergarden”), the character designer is Takano Fumiko(a manga artist), music is composed by Ushio Kensuke (“A Silent Voice the Movie” and “DEVILMAN crybaby”), animation studio will be Science SARU of “Take Hands off of Eizou-ken!” and “DEVILMAN crybaby”.
“The Tale of the Heike” will be broadcast from January 2022 on “+Ultra” and other channels, and the advanced exclusive streaming will be held on “FOD” from midnight of September 15, 2021. The simultaneous streaming will be held overseas, through websites including “Funimation” and “bilibili”.
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Director Yamada Naoko
I wanted to face honestly with the important stories of those who lived their life.
I first thought “The Tale of the Heike” was a story with a limitless scale just as universe, but it was an emotional and colorful story. I hope this will soak into your heart. Please look forward to the release.
<The sound of the Gion Shouja bells echoes the impermanence of all things: the color of the sala flowers reveals the truth that the prosperous must decline>
It was the end of Heian Era. Heike clan dominated the world, through authority, military, and financial powers.
Taira no Shigemori, who can see the ghosts, one day meets a young lute priest called Biwa, who can see through the future, and receives a telling that “your family declines soon”.
The society gradually begins to change from aristocratic system to samurai’s control… 15 years of magnificent change in Japanese history now begins.
【Broadcast & Streaming Information】
Fuji TV “+Ultra”: From January 2022
FOD: Advanced Exclusive Streaming from Midnight of Wednesday, September 15, 2021
※Streaming and broadcast dates may change.
Original Work: “Ikezawa Natsuki Personal Edit Japanese Literature Volume 09 ‘The Tale of the Heike’” Translated by Furukawa Hideo and Published form Kawade Shobou Shinsha
Director: Yamada Naoko
Scriptwriter: Yoshida Reiko
Fundamental Character Design: Kouno Fumiko
Music: Ushio Norisuke
Anime Production: Science SARU
Character Design: Kojima Takashi
Art Director: Kubo Tomotaka (Deho Gallary)
Movie Director: Imai Shoutarou
Color Setting; Hashimoto Ken
Shooting Director: Izumida Kazuhito
Editor: Hirose Kiyoshi
Music Director; Kimura Rieko
Music Effects: Kurahashi Yuusuke (Otonarium)
History Checker: Sata Yoshihiko
Biwa(lute) Director: Gotou Sachihiro