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Emon Unveils Original Anime 'To Be Hero' With Excel Saga's Shinichi Watanabe

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Anime about handsome but undisciplined father saving the world premieres October 5

Emon Animation Company announced its first original anime series To Be Hero under the Haoliners brand on Tuesday. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on October 5 at 6:30 p.m. Emon is airing its Cheating Craft anime in the same time slot. Cheating Craft will air a 10-minute episodes in the time slot, after which To Be Hero will air nine-minute episodes.

Emon describes the story:

Handsome, divorced and with a teen daughter living with him, our hero is a “bad father” who works has a toilet seat designer. One day, as he was in the toilet, he founds himself sucked into the toilet seat and he is given the important task to save the planet. The price for being a super hero is quite huge: This Good-looking guy is transformed into an Ugly Dude…with Super Power! To protect the Earth and his daughter Min, his fight is about to begin…

The cast includes:

Kenjiro Tsuda as Ossan (pictured before and after transformation below)

Kamen Joshi's Moa Tsukino as Min, Ossan's daughter

In addition, Takeshi Maeda will play Yamada.

The website shows the following character art, but does not specify the character names or voice actors.

Shinichi Watanabe (Excel Saga, Puni Puni Poemy, Nerima Daikon Brothers) is supervising the series. The anime's staff page lists other staff as "coming soon."

Emon was established in October 2015 as the Japanese branch of Haoliners, an animation brand based in Shanghai and a subsidiary of Shanghai Haoliners Cultures Media Co., Ltd. Gonzo co-founder Shouji Murahama works as an operating officer at the company. The company is collaborating on a new anime with Geno Studio, Twin Engine's newly established company that is finishing Manglobe's Genocidal Organ film.

Emon was involved in the production of last winter season's Reikenzan: Hoshikuzu-tachi no Utage anime. The company debuted the Hitori no Shita - the outcast anime on July 9, and Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japan. The company is also planning to debut the Chinese webcomic-based Bloodivores anime on October 1, the Cheating Craft anime on October 5, and the The Silver Guardian (Gin no Guardian) anime, based on another Chinese web comic, in 2017.

[Via Ota-suke]

Update: Added official English plot synopsis.

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