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Woodpecker Detective's Office Anime's Teaser Video, Voice Actor Comment Videos Streamed

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Crunchyroll to stream spring 2020 series worldwide outside of Asia

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kei Ii's Woodpecker Detective's Office (Kitsutsuki Tantei-Dokoro) mystery novel began streaming the show's teaser promotional video on Saturday.

The site is also streaming comment videos from voice actors Shintarō Asanuma and Takahiro Sakurai.

The anime will premiere in spring 2020 and will air on Tokyo MX, BS-Fuji, and CS Family Gekijō. Crunchyroll will stream the series as it airs, and the streaming service revealed on Friday that it will stream the series worldwide outside of Asia.

The anime will star Shintarō Asanuma as Takuboku Ishikawa and Takahiro Sakurai as Kyōsuke Kindaichi. The anime will also star Kenjirō Tsuda, Rikiya Hayashi, and Hayato Furusawa. Hayashi and Furusawa won the second audition round for male voice actors for the Kimikoe Project in January.

Shinpei Ezaki (Monster Strike The Movie, Hanebad!, Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation) is chief director of the anime at LIDEN FILMS. Tomoe Makino (episode director for Tsuredure Children, Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū, Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto) is directing the series. LIDEN FILMS is also credited with production alongside Tôhoku Shinsha. Taku Kishimoto (91 Days, Silver Spoon, Haikyu!! three seasons) is overseeing the series scripts, and manga creator Kaoru Saki is credited with the original character designs. Shuichi Hara (Lost Song, Alice in the Country of Hearts: Wonderful Wonder World) is adapting those character designs for animation, and MONACA is composing the music.

The novel's story is set in 1909 during Japan's Meiji era, and centers on fictional versions of real-life poet Takuboku Ishikawa and real-life linguist Kyōsuke Kindaichi, who were acquaintances in real life. In the novel, Takuboku runs a private detective agency to support his family. Both begin to investigate a case of supposed ghost appearances at the Asakusa Jūnikai building, also known as the Ryōunkai.

Kei Ii published the novel's first edition in the regular tankōbon format through Tokyo Sogensha in 1999. Tokyo Sogensha re-released the novel in the smaller bunko format in 2008.

Sources: Woodpecker Detective's Office anime's website, Comic Natalie, Crunchyroll

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