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Blood Lad's Kodama, 428's Kitajima Preview Hamatora Anime in Video

posted on by Egan Loo
Persona 4's Seiji Kishi helms TV anime about detectives with genetic powers

The official website for the television anime segment of Hamatora, the "super-powered mystery x battle entertainment" mixed-media project, opened on Thursday and began streaming a promotional video:

The video begins with a definition of "Minimum" or "minor miracle"— special hereditary powers discovered only in an extremely limited number of humans. Those who possess such powers are known as "Minimum Holders."

Partners Nice and Murasaki form a detective agency called "Hamatora" in Yokohama in 2014 — but their "office" is a table at Cafe Nowhere where they and their friends wait for clients. An old acquaintance of theirs, a cop named Art, hires them for a serial murder case he is investigating, and they discover that the murder victims are all "Minimum Holders." As Minimum Holders themselves, Nice and Murasaki are drawn into this case, whether they like it or not.

The project is a collaboration between chief director Seiji Kishi (Danganronpa, Persona 4 The Animation, Angel Beats!), project composition writer Yukinori Kitajima (428 ~Fūsa Sareta Shibuya de~, Senran Kagura, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney) and original character designer Yūki Kodama (Blood Lad manga). Touko Machida (The [email protected]) and Jun Kumagai (Persona 4 scripts) are in charge of the anime series scripts, while Fantasista Utamaro is in charge of color art direction. Makoto Yoshimori (Durarara!!) is scoring the music at DIVE II Entertainment. Yū Wazu is adapting Kodama's designs at the relatively new anime studio NAZ (Take Your Way, assistance on Danganronpa and Devil Survivor 2). Hiroshi Kimura (Haitai Nanafa, Recorder and Randsell) is directing.

From left to right, the cast are:

Kiyono Yasuno (The Severing Crime Edge) plays Koneko, a go-between for the Hamatora detective agency.

Hiroshi Kamiya (Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei) plays Art, the cop who has known the Hamatora detectives from way back.

Ryota Ohsaka (Blood Lad) plays Nice, the independent-thinking partner in the "Hamatora" detective agency.

Wataru Hatano (The Unlimited - Hyōbu Kyōsuke) plays Murasaki, Hamatora's empathetic partner.

Emiri Katō (Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live) plays Hajime, the amnesiac girl who eats a lot and often.

In addition to the anime, Kitajima and Kodama will launch the manga in the 51st issue of Shueisha's Young Jump magazine on November 21. A video game "and more" will then follow.

Images © Cafe Nowhere/Hamatora Production Committee

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