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Hōzuki no Reitetsu Anime's New Promo Video Previews Opening Song

posted on 2013-11-22 03:25 EST
TV anime of Natsumi Eguchi's supernatural comedy manga to premiere in January

The website for the television anime of Natsumi Eguchi's supernatural manga Hōzuki no Reitetsu began streaming the third promotional video and first television commercial (in 15- and 30-second lengths) on Friday. The video features the opening theme song "Jigoku no Sata mo Kimi Shidai" (You Also Dictate Hell's Judgment) by Jigoku no Sata All Stars (Hell's Judgment All Stars), a group of the series' main cast members. (The song title is a parody of the Japanese saying "Jigoku no sata mo kane shidai" or "Money also dictates hell's judgment.")

The dark comedy revolves around Hōzuki, the fierce aide to the Great King Enma. Calm and super-sadistic, he tries to resolve problems that often occur in Hell.

The narrator intones, "This is a world no one has ever seen, with unforgettable memories and an indelible past. Amid the repeating tragedy, the time of judgment is coming. Any expectations you have will be completely…"

Hōzuki: "…not overturned."

The video then introduces the cast:

Takashi Nagasako as Enma Daiō

Hiroki Yasumoto as Hōzuki

Touko Aoyama as Nasubi

Tetsuya Kakihara as Karauri

Daisuke Hirakawa as Momotarō


Yumiko Kobayashi as Shiro

Hiroki Gotou as Kakisuke

Not shown in the video are:

Eri Kitamura as Okō

Koji Yusa as Hakutaku

Sumire Uesaka as Peach Maki (not pictured)

In addition to the first commercial, two previous promotional videos were also streamed:

Hiro Kaburaki (Kimi ni Todoke, My Little Monster) is directing the series (and its dialogue recording) at Wit Studio (Attack on Titan, Hal) with Norihiro Naganuma (Kimi ni Todoke, My Little Monster) as assistant director. Midori Gotou (Loups=Garous - The Motion Picture, Guilty Crown) is in charge of the series scripts and setting, while Hirotaka Katō (Hal) is serving as character designer and chief animation director. TOMISIRO (Lagrange - The Flower of Rin-ne) is composing music with Starchild Records, and Sound Team Don Juan is producing the sound. Sumire Uesaka (voice of Peach Maki) will sing the ending theme song.

The anime will premiere in Japan in January. The CD with the opening theme song will go on sale on February 19.

Eguchi began the manga in Kodansha's Morning magazine in 2011, and Kodansha published the 11th compiled volume on Friday. The manga was nominated for the fifth Manga Taisho Award last year, and was also chosen as a jury selection at the 16th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards last year.

Thanks to Maxim Firsov for the embedded commercial

Images © Natsumi Eguchi, Kodansha/Hōzuki no Reitetsu Production Committee


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