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JAM Project, Sayaka Sasaki Return to Perform Garo: Guren no Tsuki's Theme Songs

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
JAM Project will provide 6 versions of opening theme with different singers

The official website of the Garo anime revealed the artists for the theme songs of the upcoming Garo -Guren no Tsuki- (Garo: Crimson Moon) television anime. JAM Project is returning to provide the anime's opening theme song "Guren no Tsuki ~Kakusareshi Yami Monogatari~" (Crimson Moon ~A Hidden Tale of Darkness~). Sayaka Sasaki is returning to contribute to the anime's ending theme song "Kamon" (Flower Crest). She joins Mayu Udono and Eriko Satō in forming the unit ”Sayaka Sasaki with Inaribayashi" specifically for this project and song.

JAM Project performed the first opening theme "Honō no Kokuin -Divine Flame-" for the first Garo TV anime series, and Sayaka Sasaki provided the first ending theme "CHIASTOLITE."

JAM Project will provide different versions of the opening theme song, with different singers. Hironobu Kageyama, Masaaki Endoh, Hiroshi Kitadani, Masami Okui, and Yoshiki Fukuyama will each sing a different version of the song. They will also provide a version of the song where all members of the band are singing together, for a total of six different versions of the opening theme.

In addition to their theme song, Sasaki, Udono, and Satō are voicing the three Inari spirits of the Watch Dogs in the anime itself. This will be Sasaki's first voice-acting role. The trio's CD single with the theme song will go on sale on November 25, and the project's website teases that the artists' version of the single will bundle a music video with the three singers dancing.

The official YouTube channel of the Garo anime project previously streamed a teaser video re-introducing the main cast of the anime.

Each character's image is presented with a line of text. They are:

  • Raikō: "I will definitely not forgive those who exploit the weakness of people's hearts"
  • Seimei: "The spirits (mononoke) are phantoms who reveal people's hearts"
  • Kintoki: "I will serve. Because I serve only one person."
  • Yasusuke: "I will follow the path I believed in when I was right."
  • Fujiwara Michinaga: "There will forever be glory under the reign of the emperor and light palace."
  • Ashiya Dōman: "I am darkness—darkness without light."

The cast members are Romi Park, Akiko Yajima, Daisuke Namikawa, Tomokazu Seki, and Kenyuu Horiuchi. Which characters that these voice cast members are playing will be revealed at a later date. A sixth cast member is listed as "???" in the video.

The anime will premiere on TV Tokyo on October 9 at 25:23 a.m. (effectively, October 10 at 1:23 a.m.) and run for two cours, or half a year.

Atsushi Wakabayashi (Guin Saga director, Rage of Bahamut Genesis episode director) is helming the new anime at MAPPA, with Shou Aikawa (Fullmetal Alchemist, EUREKA SEVEN AO script, story editor) and Toshiki Inoue (Ushio & Tora series composition) as series script supervisors. Takawo Yoshioka (Your Lie in April, High School DxD BorN series composition), Seishi Minakami (A Certain Scientific Railgun S series composition), Masaki Wachi (Kingdom script), Shinichi Inotsume (Gangsta. series composition), and Shigeru Murakoshi (Knights of Sidonia screenplay, Garo script) are writing the anime's scripts.

Masakazu Katsura is designing the main characters, and Masao Ebihara is adapting his designs for animation. Daisuke Niitsuma is designing the props, and Toru Kubo is credited for "horror design." Katsuhisa Takiguchi is the art director, and Maho Takahashi is in charge of art design.

Shigeteru Asakawa is the director of photography, and Chiho Nakamura is the color key artist. Katsuki Nanba is the CG director, while Kiyoshi Hirose is editing. monaca is composing the music, and Sōichirō Kubo is directing the sound at Tohokushinsha Film Corporation with sound effects by Naoto Yamatani. Tohokushinsha is presenting and producing the project with special thanks to Sansei R&D.

Producer Masao Maruyama announced at animation studio MAPPA's Otakon panel in July that the new series will be set in Japan's Heian period and will have a female protagonist.

The Garo Project began in 2005, with the first live-action series airing in 2006 with 25 episodes. The project has since inspired multiple television series, films, and specials. The most recent live-action entry, Garo -Gold Storm- Shō, debuted with a film in March, followed by a television series in April.

The first television anime, Garo: Honoo no Kokuin, premiered in October, and Funimation streamed the series as it aired in Japan.

Source: Anime! Anime!

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