'My First Story' Perform Kengan Ashura Anime's Theme Song
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The official website for the anime adaptation of Yabako Sandrovich's Kengan Ashura manga revealed on Saturday that four-member band MY FIRST STORY will perform the show's opening theme song "King & Ashley." The band have previously performed theme songs for Arpeggio of Blue Steel - Ars Nova, Golden Kamuy, and Nobunaga Concerto.
The anime will stream globally only on Netflix later this year, and is also slated to air on television in Japan. The anime will have its Japanese premiere screening on January 27. The anime had its world premiere at Anime Expo in July. The manga won a fan voting contest in 2015 to receive the adaptation.
The show stars:
- Yumi Uchiyama as Kaede Akiyama
- Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Ōma Tokita
- Chō as Kazuo Yamashita
- Jouji Nakata as Hideki Nogi
- Hayato Kaneko as Rihito
- Tetsu Inada as Jun Sekibayashi
- Junya Enoki as Cosmo Imai
- Daisuke Namikawa as Setsuna Kiryū
Seiji Kishi (Danganronpa The Animation, Yuki Yuna Is a Hero) is directing the anime at Larx Entertainment. Makoto Uezu (Akame ga KILL!, The Heroic Legend of Arslan) is in charge of series composition, and Kazuaki Morita (Tsuki ga Kirei, Assassination Classroom) is designing the characters. Team-MAX's Yasuharu Takanashi (Fairy Tail, Naruto Shippūden) is composing the music.
In the manga's story, businesses and merchants wager large sums of money to hire combatants for unarmed hand-to-hand fighting matches. The winner takes all in these Kengan competitions that originated during the Edo period. Merchants use the fights as a means to resolve disputes with each other. The strong and mysterious Ōma Tokita, whose nickname is Ashura, enters these matches. Nogi Group president Hideki Nogi keeps his ambitions to himself when he meets Ashura. Events begin to swirl around the Kengan fights as Ashura enters the fray.
The manga is also inspiring a smartphone game this spring.