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Garo: Guren no Tsuki's Teaser Previews Masei Nakayama's Voice

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Nakayama starred in live-action season 4; other cast members' roles revealed

The staff of the upcoming Garo -Guren no Tsuki- (Garo: Crimson Moon) television anime announced on Wednesday that Masei Nakayama will play the main character Raikō. Nakayama previously starred in the main role for the 2014 Garo: Makai no Hana series, the fourth season of the Garo tokusatsu (special effects) series. This will be his debut voice acting role.

A new teaser promotional video previews his voice role, as well as animation footage and music:

Text: A blossoming capital of aristocratic culture replete with dazzling beauty: Heian-kyō
Text: But on the dark side of that majesty.
Text: There lurk creatures called "Hora" (Horrors) that feed on people's Inga.
Seimei: The mononoke are phantoms who reveal people's hearts, but when mixed with phantoms, they become creatures that eat humans.
Voice: Are you saying it's because of the Horrors?
Text: One who destroys horrors in the world of darkness: Makai Knights.
Raikō: There is an armor made to hunt those in the darkness. The ones who wear that armor and fight are called Makai Knights.
Raikō: I will definitely not forgive those who exploit the weakness of people's hearts.
Text: Only the one who can summon the golden armor from within him...
Text: ...earn the title of "Garo."
Raikō: I will cut off your Inga.
Text: Original creator: Keita Amemiya
Text: Director: Atsushi Wakabayashi
Text: Character designer: Masakazu Katsura
Text: Production: MAPPA, Tohoku Shinsha
Logo and Narrator: Garo -Guren no Tsuki-
Raikō: I was once dwelled in the darkness. That is why I seek out the light, fiercer than anyone.

In addition, the official website of the Garo anime project unveiled a new visual for Raikō on Friday, and also describes the character:

A young man who has inherited the title of Golden Knight Garo. Raised under the tutelage of Seimei to become a Makai Knight, he patrols Heian-kyō (Kyoto's former name) for Horrors alongside Kintoki.

The website also revealed the other cast members' roles:

Romi Park as Seimei
A Makai Priest who boasts great power. Her past is wrapped in mystery. She has a love for strange things, to the point that she will delay the slaying Horrors for that purpose.

Akiko Yajima as Kintoki
Raikō's only subordinate. However, he also happily takes the orders of Seimei.

Daisuke Namikawa as Fujiwarano Yasusuke
The young scion of a noble family. He serves the emperor by keeping the peace in Heian-kyō as a member of the Keibiishi-chō.

Kenyuu Horiuchi as Fujiwarano Michinaga
The most influential person in Heian-kyō. He rose to power within his family by throwing down everyone above him in the power struggle.

Tomokazu Seki as Ashiya Douman
A mysterious priest who loathes the "light."

Sayaka Sasaki, Mayu Udono, and Eriko Satō as three Inari (not pictured

The official Youtube channel of the Garo anime project previously streamed an earlier 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 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.

JAM Project and Sayaka Sasaki are returning to provide the theme songs for the anime. Hironobu Kageyama, Masaaki Endoh, Hiroshi Kitadani, Masami Okui, and Yoshiki Fukuyama will each sing a different version of the opening theme song "Guren no Tsuki ~Kakusareshi Yami Monogatari~" (Crimson Moon ~A Hidden Tale of Darkness~). 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. Sayaka Sasaki will sing 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.

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: MoCa News

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