Onihei Historical Anime Casts Junko Iwao, Sayaka Senbongi, Nobuhiko Okamoto
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
The official website for Onihei, the television anime of Shōtarō Ikenami's Onihei Crime Reports in Edo (Onihei Hankachō or Onihei, the Devilish Bureau Chief) novel series, announced nine more cast members on Tuesday.
Junko Iwao as Hisae, Heizō's wife
Sayaka Senbongi as Ojun, Heizō's daughter
Nobuhiko Okamoto as Chūgo Kimura, a dōshin in the police force for arson and robbery
Kiyomitsu Mizuuchi as Chūsuke Sajima, the head yoriki in the police force for arson and robbery
Kenji Hamada as Yūsuke Sakai, the head dōshin in the police force for arson and robbery
Hidenobu Kiuchi as Yasugorō Koyanagi, a dōshin in the police force for arson and robbery
Shōzō Iizuka as Hikojū, an old spy who serves Heizō
Yoshimasa Hosoya as Kumehachi, an ex-thief turned spy
Hideyuki Tanaka as Samanosuke Kishii, Heizō's close friend
The previously announced cast includes:
Kenyuu Horiuchi as Heizō "Onihei" Hasegawa
Romi Park as Omasa, a female spy who loves Heizō
Daisuke Namikawa as Tatsuzō, Heizō's son
Shigeyuki Miya (Buzzer Beater, Lupin the 3rd: Green vs Red, Blood Lad) is directing the television anime and also designing the characters. Studio M2, the new studio of Madhouse and MAPPA founder Masao Maruyama, is animating the project. Maruyama is producing, and TMS Entertainment is credited with production. Onihei is the first Ikenami work adapted into anime. Singer Saori Yuki (Kasumin) is performing the theme song "Soshite... Ikinasai" (And... You Must Live).
The historical novel series depicts Heizō Hasegawa, who metes justice on wrongdoers and supervises the crackdown on arsonists and robbers in Japan's Edo period (1603-1868). Maruyama commented that the anime will not just follow the original novel's story, but will show the unique appeal of anime.
The television episodes will adapt different stories from the novel series. The episode titles, along with the volumes from which the stories are drawn, are as follows:
- "Chigashira no Tanbei" (Volume 1)
- "Honjo - Sakurayashiki" (Volume 1)
- "Anken Hankubaikō" (Volume 1)
- "Kettō" (Volume 4)
- "Yanagai Iroha Jaya" (Volume 2)
- "Tōhō Hiden" (Volume 3)
- "Kamewari Kozō" (Volume 21)
- "Ōkawa no Inkyo" (Volume 6)
- "Wakare Michi" (Based on the first part of "Dojō no Wasuke Shimatsu" from volume 7)
- "Dojō no Wasuke Shimatsu" (Based on the second part of "Dojō no Wasuke Shimatsu" from volume 7)
- "Mukashi no Otoko" (Volume 3)
- "Akireta Yatsu" (Volume 8)
- "Kitsunebi" (Volume 6)
The television anime will premiere at night on Monday, January 9 at 2:05 a.m. (effectively Tuesday morning) on TV Tokyo, TV Aichi, and TV Hokkaido. It will also air on TV Q Kyūshū, TV Setouchi, TV Osaka, and the Jidaigeki Specialty Channel.
The 40-minute OVA was actually in production before the television anime, although the television anime will premiere first in January. The OVA sets up the character of Heizō, the man feared by thieves and miscreants as the "Demonic Heizō" during the Edo Period. A young man traces the stories about Heizō from Kumehachi, Hikojū, Omasa, and others who know and admire him. The young man learns about Heizō's early years and how he became a police operative.
Shigeyuki Miya is directing the OVA at Studio M2 and designing the characters, as he is also doing the same duties for television series. TMS Entertainment is producing both the OVA and the television series. The OVA's February 22 release will include a special compilation edition (pictured right) of the original novel series, as well as the project's pilot video.
Ikenami serialized the story in Bungeishunju's Ōru Yomimono novel magazine from 1967 to 1989, and Bungeishunju published 19 volumes for the main story. Later paperback reprints divide the story into 24 volumes. The serialized novels inspired the first live-action television adaptation in 1969, as well as three subsequent series and a 1995 live-action film.
Sentarō Kubota and Takao Saito launched a manga adaptation in LEED Publishing Co., Ltd.'s Comic Ran magazine in 1993. Bungeishunju published the manga's 98th compiled book volume on June 21. JManga once partially published the manga in North America.