King's Game Anime Reveals Ending Theme Artist, October 5 Debut
posted on by Karen Ressler
This year's 18th issue of Futabasha's Manga Action magazine announced on Tuesday the ending theme song artist and premiere date for King's Game The Animation, the television anime adaptation of Nobuaki Kanazawa's Ōsama Game (King's Game) cellphone novel, on Tuesday. Pile, the voice of Ria Iwamura in the show, is performing the ending theme song "Lost Paradise." The magazine also revealed an updated key visual with more characters.
Noriyoshi Sasaki (Ojisan to Marshmallow) is directing the anime at Seven. Kenji Konuta (Library War, Haitai Nanafa, Ace of Diamond) is in charge of series composition. Kan Soramoto (High School DxD, Hybrid x Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia animation director) and Yōsuke Itō (The Testament of Sister New Devil BURST, Hybrid x Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia animation director) are in charge of character designs, and Soramoto is also credited as the chief animation director.
The show stars:
Yui Horie as Natsuko Honda
M.A.O as Chiemi Honda
Pile as Ria Iwamura
Yusuke Sasaki as Kenta Akamatsu
Shinnosuke Tachibana as Naoya Hashimoto
Akari Uehara as Riona Matsumoto
The original novel's story begins when an entire high school class of 32 people receive a message on their cellphones from a person known only as the "King." The messages contain orders that the students must obey, or they risk the punishment of death. With their lives on the line, the students soon find out that the orders are getting more and more extreme as time goes on.
Futabasha published the original cellphone novel in tankōbon format in 12 volumes from 2009 to 2015, and also in larger bunkoban format in the same number of volumes from 2011 to February 19 earlier this year. Futabasha is also releasing a new edition of the novels (seen left) with its Futabasha Junior Bunko label, with illustrations by Chiba. The sixth and latest volume in that re-release shipped on March 15.
The story has also inspired four manga adaptations. The first manga by Hitori Renda ran on Futabasha's Everystar Premium online service from 2011 to 2012, and received five volumes. The second manga by Renji Kuriyama, titled Ousama Game: Shūkyoku, ran on Everystar Premium from 2012 to 2014, and received four volumes. The third manga by J-ta Yamada, titled Ousama Game: Kigen, ran in Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine from 2014 to 2016, and received six volumes. Crunchyroll released chapters of the manga online under the title King's Game: Origin. The fourth manga, again by Kuriyama, is titled Ousama Game: Rinjō, and it ran from 2015 to last November. Futabasha published the manga's fourth and final volume last November.
The game inspired a live-action film adaptation that opened in Japan in December 2011. A smartphone social game adaptation and tie-in to the film was also released in November 2011.