Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman Opening, Ending Songs Previewed With Anime Footage
posted on by Karen Ressler
Japanese music publisher Lantis began streaming a video previewing the opening and ending songs for Cyborg 009 Vs. Devilman, the first crossover anime between Shotaro Ishinomori's Cyborg 009 and Go Nagai's Devilman characters. Jam Project performed both the opening theme song "Cyborg 009 ~Nine Cyborg Soldiers~" and the ending theme song "DEVILMIND ~Ai wa Chikara~" (Love is Power). The video also previews animated footage.
The two songs will go on sale together on November 6 for 1,200 yen (about US$10).
The Cyborg 009 cast includes:
Jun Fukuyama (Code Geass' Lelouch, Wagnaria!!'s Sōta Takanashi) as Joe Shimamura/009
Haruka Shiraishi (From Up on Poppy Hill's Sora Matsuzaki, Sanzoku no Musume Ronja's Ronja) as Ivan Whisky/001
Tomoaki Maeno (World Trigger's Reiji Kizaki, Death Parade's Decim) as Jet Link/002
M.A.O (Wakaba Girl's Mao Kurokawa, Durarara!!×2 Shō's Vorona) as Françoise Arnoul/003
Hiroki Touchi (Fairy Tail's Pantherlily, D.Gray-man's Cross Marian) as Albert Heinrich/004
Tsuyoshi Koyama (Turn A Gundam's Phil Ackman, Gangsta.'s Miles Meyer) as Geronimo Jr./005
Yuu Mizushima (Parasyte -the maxim-'s Takeshi Hirokawa, Legend of the Galactic Heroes' Neithardt Müller) as Chang Changku/006
Hozumi Gôda (Armored Trooper Votoms' Chirico Cuvie, original Hunter X Hunter's Leorio) as Great Britain/007
Ayumu Okamura as Pyunma/008
Akira Ishida (Naruto's Gaara, Neon Genesis Evangelion's Kaworu Nagisa) as Apollo
Youko Honna (Precure franchise's Nagisa Misumi, Whisper of the Heart's Shizuku) as Helena
Shigeru Ushiyama (One Piece's Dr. Hiluluk, Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū's Matsuda) as Professor Isaac Gilmore
The main Devilman cast includes:
Shintarō Asanuma (Accel World's Takumu/Cyan Pile, Phi-Brain's Kaito) as Devilman and Akira Fudō
Saori Hayami (Eden of the East's Saki, Sword Art Online's Sachi) as Miki Makimura
Satoshi Hino (Naruto Shippūden's Sai, Bakuman.'s Akito Takagi) as Ryō Asuka
Houchu Ohtsuka (Naruto's Jiraiya, Durarara!!×2 Shō's Haruya Shiki) as Jinmen and Atsuko Enomoto (Precure franchise's Mai Mishou, Steel Angel Kurumi's Kurumi) as Sacchan
The anime is also adding several new characters:
Mutsumi Tamura (Seitokai Yakuindomo's Sayaka Dejima, Overlord's Ninya) as Cyborg 0017/Abel
Hiro Shimono (The World God Only Knows' Keima Katsuragi, RahXephon's Ayato Kamina) as Cyborg 0018/Seth
Fumihiko Tachiki (Neon Genesis Evangelion's Gendou Ikari, Bleach's Zaraki Kenpachi) as Dr. Adams
Mie Sonozaki (Strike Witches' Gertrud, Comic Party's Aya Hasebe) as Lilith
The official website also lists Cyborg 0016, also known as Cain, and the demon Pazuzu, but cast members have not been announced.
Jun Kawagoe (Cyborg 009 The Cyborg Soldier, Mazinkaiser SKL, New Getter Robo) is directing the three-episode original video anime at Bee Media and Actas. Nagai acknowledged that he once thought that these characters are like "water and oil." Nevertheless, he commented that it is "an anime that displays excellent harmony without destroying the mood or sensibilities of each character as they clash."
The anime song unit Jam Project is performing both the opening theme song "Cyborg 009 ~Nine Cyborg Soldiers~" and the ending theme song "Devil Mind ~Ai wa Chikara~" (Love Is Power).
In the story of Cyborg 009, Joe Shimamura and others gained cyborg powers when they were involuntarily altered by an evil organization, and then they fight to protect the world against the organization. The story of Devilman follows Akira Fudō, who fights invading enemies to save humanity after being possessed by demon powers.
In the new anime, the two title characters will meet and battle because of a certain incident. The tagline reads, "Who will survive…?"
The anime's two-week theatrical engagement will start in 10 theaters in Japan on October 17. The project will then ship as a three-episode original video anime.
Nagai worked as an assistant to Ishinomori and drew backgrounds for Cyborg 009 before launching Devilman. According to Sankei Sports, Nagai has had thoughts on a collaboration with Ishinomori for a long time.
Tadashi Hayakawa (Mazinkaiser SKL, Galaxy Angel Rune, Kotetsushin Jeeg) wrote the novel prequel Cyborg 009 Vs. Devilman Treacheries ~Uragirimono-tachi (Cyborg 009 Vs. Devilman Treacheries: The Traitors), which shipped on September 25. Akihito Yoshitomi (Eat-Man, Blue Drop, Ray) will launch the manga in Kodansha and Niconico's web magazine Suiyōbi no Sirius (Wednesday Sirius) in October.
Ishinomori first launched the Cyborg 009 manga in the Weekly Shonen King magazine in 1964, and the series remained unfinished due to his death in 1998. Three Cyborg 009 television anime series adapting his manga premiered in 1968, 1979, and 2001. Four theatrical anime film adaptations also debuted in 1966, 1967, 1980, and 2012. Kenji Kamiyama directed the last film in the franchise, 009 Re:Cyborg, in 2012. Mamoru Oshii also directed his own 3D short of Cyborg 009 in 2010 with sponsor Panasonic.
Nagai launched the original Devilman manga in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 1972. The collected volumes of the manga have more than 10 million copies in print. A television anime adaptation of the manga aired simultaneously in 1972.