Hatena Illusion Anime's Staff, Cast, Theme Song Artists Announced

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Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Aina Suzuki star in anime based on late author Tomohiro Matsu's novels

This year's 35th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed more details on Monday for the anime adaptation of late author Tomohiro Matsu's Hatena Illusion light novel series. The anime adaptation was originally announced in March 2017.

The anime will star:

Shin Matsuo (episode director for Eureka Seven, Ouran High School Host Club, Tokyo Ghoul) is directing the anime at Children's Playground Entertainment. Tatsuya Takahashi (Katana Maidens: Toji no Miko, Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles) is overseeing the series scripts, Ruizu Nakano is adapting Kentaro Yabuki's character designs for animation, Masakatsu Oomuro (My First Girlfriend is a Gal, Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san) is the sound director, and Kenichi Kuroda (insert songs for Liz and the Blue Bird, Sound! Euphonium The Movie - Our Promise: A Brand New Day) is composing the music.

Liyuu will perform the opening theme song "Magic Words," and Aina Suzuki will perform the ending theme song "Hikari Iro no Uta" (Light-Colored Song). The song will be Suzuki's debut as a solo artist.

The series centers on Makoto Shiranui, a boy who travels to Tokyo seeking to become the apprentice of Mamoru Hoshisato, a world-famous magician and friend of his parents. Ever since he had watched a show by Mamoru and his wife Maive, he had dreamed of being a magician. Their daughter Kana (nicknamed Hatena) has been Makoto's friend since childhood. Even though Tokyo has had a rash of burglaries by a beautiful woman thief, Makoto can rest easy as long as Hatena is there. When he arrives at the Hoshisato residence, a haunted mansion, the family butler Jeeves and the maid Emma greet him, and he is reunited with Hatena, only to find out that they don't really get along now.

Matsu launched the series with the first novel in November 2014, with illustrations by Kentaro Yabuki (To Love-Ru -Trouble-). The series remains unfinished due to Matsu's death in May 2016. The last volume he wrote was the fourth, which Shueisha shipped in November 2015. A new entry in the series titled Hatena Illusion R will ship on September 25. Pochi Edoya's manga adaptation is running on the Niconico Manga site, and the first volume will ship on September 19.

Matsu's Märchen Mädchen light novel series also inspired an anime adaptation posthumously. The 10-episode series premiered in January 2018. Two additional final episodes aired on on April 25, after a year-long delay. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired.

Visual via Comic Natalie

Sources: Weekly Shonen Jump issue 35, MoCa News, Music Natalie

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