Hand Shakers Anime's New Promo Video Introduces Teams

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
2 new key visuals revealed for original anime premiering in January

The official website of Hand Shakers — the original anime project with animation studio GoHands, production company Frontier Works, and publisher Kadokawa — began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Friday.

The first video below is region-locked and can't be viewed in the U.S., Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand.

The official website also revealed two new key visuals on Friday.

The show's cast includes:

Team Gear: Soma Saito as Tazuna (left) and Sumire Morohoshi as Koyori (right)

Team Card: Ai Kayano as Riri (left) and Ayumu Murase as Masaru (right)

Team Shadow: Sumire Uesaka as Chizuru (left) and Kaito Ishikawa as Hayate (right)

Team Sword: Mikako Komatsu as Kodama (left) and Tomokazu Sugita as Hibiki (right)

Team Chain: Jun Fukuyama as Break (left) and Yōko Hikasa as Bind (right)

Showtaro Morikubo as Makihara

Other cast members with as-yet unannounced roles include Shintarō Asanuma, Yūsuke Kobayashi, Satomi Satou, Daisuke Namikawa, Sora Amamiya, Kenjiro Tsuda, Ai Kakuma, and Saori Hayami.

While Risa Taneda was listed as being in the show in previous promotional videos, the latest video no longer lists her in the cast. Taneda went on hiatus from voice acting in August to focus on medical treatment for an unspecified illness.

The anime will premiere in January 2017. GoHands is in charge of the original planning, and GOON TRAX is composing the music. GoHands, Frontier Works, and Kadokawa are all credited with the original work.

The tagline on the key visual on the show's website reads, "protect it, with these hands." The key visual depicts Osaka's famous Dōtonboribashi bridge.

The anime takes place in Osaka in "AD20XX," and revolves around the Hand Shakers — partners who can summon "Nimrodes," weapons born from their deep psyche by joining hands. In order to grant the pair's wish, the Hand Shakers compete with and fight other Hand Shaker pairs. The top pair will then meet and challenge "God."

The English text on the anime title logo reads:

They, the receivers of the Revelation of Babel. They, the challengers to God.
They, who inevitably throw themselves into battle with their partners. What does God want from them?
And did they want powers exceeding that of Gods? The chosen ones, their souls linked,
join hand and hand for the Ziggurat where the fighting shall ensue.

The anime is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the ANIMATE chain of anime character goods stores.

Thanks to Dennis R. for the second embedded video.

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