Shin Chūka Ichiban! Anime's Video Reveals Cast, Theme Song, October 11 Premiere
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official website for the television anime of Etsushi Ogawa's Shin Chūka Ichiban! sequel manga series began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Monday. The video reveals the anime's cast and October 11 premiere. It also reveals and previews the opening theme song "Kōfukuron" (Theory of Blessed Light) by Qaijff.
The site also posted a new visual:
The cast includes:
Ai Kayano as Meili
Yukiyo Fujii as Shirou
Yūichi Nakamura as Shell
Tomokazu Sugita as Leon
Junya Enoki as Fei
Yoshimitsu Shimoyama as Chou Yu
Shinpachi Tsuji as Luo
Keiichi Nakagawa as Shou An
Yuko Kaida as Shan
Itsuro Kawasaki (The Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Arc the Lad, Chrome Shelled Regios, Shining Hearts) is directing the anime and overseeing the series scripts, and Saki Hasegawa (animation director for Flip Flappers, Seraph of the End: Battle in Nagoya, A.I.C.O. -Incarnation-) is designing the characters. Jun Ichikawa is composing the music. NAS is producing the anime with animation cooperation by Production I.G. JY Animation is credited with planning and production.
Brian the Sun is performing the ending theme song "Paradigm Shift."
The manga is set during a fictitious 19th century China, where chefs from all over China competed in culinary tests of ability, and being a master chef granted one respect and authority. The story centers on Liu Mao Xing, a young chef from Szechuan province who learns cooking from his mother. After saving his mother's restaurant, Mao goes on a journey to become a Super Chef, battling other chefs with other cooking styles along the way, and contending with the conspiracies of the Dark Cooking Society.
The Chūka Ichiban! manga ran in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine for five volumes from 1995 to 1997, and the Shin Chūka Ichiban! sequel manga ran for 12 volumes from 1997 to 1999. The manga inspired a 52-episode television anime in 1997-1998. A Chinese live-action drama adaptation aired in 2005.