Reikenzan 2nd Anime Season's Promo Video Reveals January 8 Debut
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Studio Deen posted the first full promotional video for the second season of the Reikenzan television anime on Friday. The video reveals that the season, titled Reikenzan: Eichi e no Shikaku (Sacred Sword Mountain: Qualification for Wisdom), will premiere on AT-X on January 8 at 12:00 a.m.
The series will also air on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and TV Aichi. Additionally, the series will also stream in Japan on d Anime Store, GYAO!, J:COM On Demand, U-NEXT, milplus, Anime Hōdai, Video Pass, Video Market, Niconico livestream, and Niconico Channel.
The second season features a mostly new main staff. Susumu Nishizawa (MAPS, Hikaru no Go, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed C.E.73: Stargazer) is directing and supervising the series scripts. Tatsuo Yanagino (Symphony in August) is designing the characters and is the chief animation director, and Chikako Shibata is the art director. Kayoko Nishi is the color key artist, while Katsuaki Kamada and Kouji Aoki are directors of photography. Rie Matsubara is editing. The first season's sound director Kazuya Tanaka and musical composer Ryō Kawasaki are returning for the second season.
The five-member all-girls idol unit Merry☆GO☆Lands is performing the anime's opening theme song "Genkai Ketobashite" (Kick Down the Barriers) and the ending theme song "Chikara ni Kaete" (Change Into Power).
The following cast members are also reprising their roles:
- Tsubasa Yonaga as Ōriku
- Yuriko Yamaguchi as Ōbu
- Eriko Nakamura as Rei
- Daichi Hayashi as Bunpou
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.
Studio DEEN produced the first anime series, Reikenzan: Hoshikuzu-tachi no Utage (Mt. Reiken: Stardust's Banquet or alternately, Sacred Sword Mountain: Stardust's Banquet), with Chinese company Shenzhen Tencent Computer System Company Limited and that season premiered in January. The anime aired simultaneously in Japan and China with both a Japanese-language version and a Mandarin Chinese-language version of the show.
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 Ōriku (Lu Wang in the original novel), 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.