Makai Ōji: Devils and Realist Anime's Ad Outlines Story
posted on by Egan Loo
Pony Canyon began streaming a 30-second television commercial for the Makai Ōji: Devils and Realist television anime on Tuesday. Takuya Eguchi (Inu X Boku Secret Service, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU) narrates the commercial as William Twining, an aristocratic family's progeny with rare intellect:
In the ad, William outlines the story (with unwanted assistance by Takuma Terashima as the demon Dantalion): One day, his uncle lost his possessions after his business failed. Fearing that his family's name has been tarnished, William returns home and searches with his family's butler for anything that can be converted into cash.
A search of the premises yields an underground room left by an ancestor. In the room is a magical seal, and William unintentionally summons a devil. The summoned devil tells William his name is Dantalion, and reveals that William is the "Elector" who can choose the next acting ruler of Hell.
Most of the characters are named after demons and famous figures in literature:
Takuya Eguchi (Inu X Boku Secret Service, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU) plays William Twining, the son of a famous aristocrat who went from riches to rags due to a mistake in his uncle's business. He doesn't believe in the existence of demons.
Takuma Terashima (The [email protected], Kokoro Connect) plays Dantalion, the first demon summoned by William. He decides to stay by William's side until the boy chooses an acting ruler of Hell due to William's lack of belief in demons. In the human world, he changes into one of William's classmates at the academy and enjoys the talk of the other students.
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (The [email protected], Sword Art Online) plays Sitori, a candidate for acting ruler and rival of Dantalion. He has a very female-like appearance, and becomes a princess-like figure within the academy.
Tetsuya Kakihara (Fairy Tail, Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live) plays Camio, another candidate for acting ruler who plays the role of a student prodigy at the academy. He is half human and half demon.
Jun Fukuyama (Working!!, Valvrave the Liberator) plays Kevin, a butler of the Twining house with a love of gambling. He had been chasing William's uncle after the incident in his business, but now works as a teacher at the academy. There may be more to him than there appears...
Motoki Takagi (ef: A Tale of Memories, Brave10) plays Isaac Morton, a friend of William at school. Due to his love for the occult, he has much knowledge on the subject of demons. He gets caught up in the battle between the demons over William.
- Motoki Takagi as Isaac Morton
- Kousuke Toriumi as Gilles de Rais
- Mitsuki Saiga as Solomon
- Yuuki Ono as Mycroft Swallow
- Hiroki Yasumoto as Baphomet
- Kazutomi Yamamoto as Amon
- Yuuto Suzuki as Mamon
Eguchi (William), Terashima (Dantalion), Matsuoka (Sitori), and Kakihara (Camio) are also performing both the “Believe My Dice” opening theme and “a shadow's love song” ending theme. Both songs will be released on the same single CD on July 24.
Chiaki Kon (Junjō Romantica, When They Cry - Higurashi, La storia della Arcana Famiglia) is directing the anime at Dogakobo, and Michiko Yokote (C³, Squid Girl, XXXHOLiC) is supervising the series scripts. Kikuko Sadakata (Corpse Princess, Shikabane Hime: Kuro) serves as both character designer and chief animation director.
The anime will premiere in Japan on July 7.
Seven Seas announced last month that it licensed Madoka Takadono and Utako Yukihiro's original manga. Takadono (Hakushakuke Goyōtashi) and Yukihiro (Uta no Prince-sama) launched the manga in Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero Sum magazine in 2009, and Ichijinsha published the seventh volume this month.
Images © Madoka Takadono, Utako Yukihiro/Ichijinsha, Dairiōkōho