Studio DEEN Produces Reikenzan January TV Anime Series
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Studio DEEN announced on its website on Thursday that it is producing a new TV anime series titled Reikenzan: Hoshikuzu-tachi no Utage (Mt. Reiken: Stardust's Banquet or alternately, Sacred Sword Mountain: Stardust's Banquet). The anime will premiere in January on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, TV Aichi, and AT-X.
Studio DEEN's announcement features the following key visual:
The studio has also opened a teaser website for the anime with the following background image:
The anime is based on Guo Wang Bi Xia's (lit. His Majesty the King) popular Chinese online novel and comic titled Cong Qian You Zuo Ling Jian Shan (lit: There Was a Spiritual Sword Mountain). The online novel launched in August 2013, and Zhuhua and Junxiaomo's online comic launched in August 2014.
In the anime's story, a comet falling will bring about a great calamity, and in order to choose a child fated by the falling comet, the family of the "Reiken" clan with a long storied history is once again resuming its entrance examination process to find disciples. The protagonist Lu Wang, who possesses a special soul that is only available once in a thousand years, decides to take the exam, and he starts down the path toward becoming an exceptional sage. Studio DEEN notes that the anime will be full of gags.
Tsubasa Yonaga (Yowamushi Pedal's Sangaku Manami, Free!'s Nagisa Hazuki, Chihayafuru's Tsutomu Komano) stars as Lu Wang, a rare genius whose IQ and impudence are both unparalleled.
Iku Suzuki (Yumeiro Pâtissière, Maze, Kodocha, DearS) is directing the series at Studio DEEN. Makoto Iino (key animator for Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, Oreshura, Sword Art Online) is handling the character design, and Yumiko Ishii (Samurai Harem, animation director for Samurai Champloo, Space Brothers) is the chief animation director. Additionally, Hirofune Hane (Gifū Dōdō!! Kanetsugu to Keiji) is the art director, Kazuhisa Yamabu is handling the color key, Kazuya Tanaka (Mushishi, Actually, I Am…, Flowers of Evil) is the sound director, and Half HP Studio is producing the sound.
Soraru (Danganronpa The Animation) and Mafumafu will perform the opening theme song, and Niconico cover artist Kakichoco will perform the ending theme song. Mafumafu is writing and composing the opening theme song.
Chinese company Shenzhen Tencent Computer System Company Limited is producing the series alongside Studio DEEN. The companies plan to air the series simultaneously in Japan and China, and they plan to produce both Japanese-language version and a Mandarin Chinese-language version of the show.
Updated: Added romanizations of original Chinese novel title, novel's author, manga's authors, and protagonist's name. Thanks, Dormcat.
Images © Reikenzan Production Committee
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