News Jun Fukuyama, Yūichi Nakamura, Eri Kitamura Join Hamatora Cast
posted on 2013-10-22 12:02 EDT
The live-streamed Niconico Live special "Ohsaka, Hatano, Yasuno no TV Anime Hamatora Project Shidō Kinen Tokuban" unveiled a new promotional video and additional cast members for the Hamatora "super-powered mystery x battle entertainment" mixed-media project on Tuesday:
Jun Fukuyama plays Birthday, the carefree handyman in Yokohama
Yūichi Nakamura plays Ratio, the doctor who helps out on the handyman business
Eri Kitamura (announced last week) plays Honey, the brilliant scientist
Katsuki Murase plays Three, the kind "beast" who protects Honey
The story revolves around "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 previously announced cast members include:
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
Hiroshi Kamiya (Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei) plays Art, the cop who has known the Hamatora detectives from way back
Emiri Kato (Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live) plays Hajime, the amnesiac girl who eats a lot and often
Kiyono Yasuno (The Severing Crime Edge) plays Koneko, a go-between for the Hamatora detective agency
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 Yuki Kodama (Blood Lad manga). Touko Machida (The Idolm@ster) 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. Yuu 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.
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