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'Pet' Anime Reveals Opening Theme Song, January 6 Premiere (Update)

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TK from Ling Tosite Sigure performs opening song "Chō no Tobu Suisō"

The official website for the television anime adaptation of the Remaster Edition of Ranjō Miyake's Pet manga revealed the opening theme song and broadcast information on Monday. TK from Ling Tosite Sigure will perform the opening theme song "Chō no Tobu Suisō" (The Tank the Butterfly Flies in). The website began streaming a promotional video that previews the song.

The anime will debut on Tokyo MX on January 6 at 10:00 p.m., before airing on BS11 ant AT-X one hour later. Amazon will exclusively stream the anime in Japan and overseas. The first two episodes will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on January 5 at 24:00 (affectively January 6 at 12:00 a.m.). The anime was previously slated to premiere in fall 2019.

The anime stars:

  • Keisuke Ueda as Hiroki
  • Kishō Taniyama as Tsukasa
  • Yuuki Ono as Satoru
  • Yasuyuki Kase as Hayashi
  • Shunsuke Sakuya as Katsuragi
  • M.A.O as Jin
  • Koji Yusa as Ron
  • Nobuo Tobita as company president

Takahiro Ōmori (Durarara!!) is directing the anime at Geno Studio (Genocidal Organ, Kokkoku) for Twin Engine. Sadayuki Murai (Natsume's Book of Friends) is in charge of the series scripts, and Junichi Hayama (Votoms Finder) is the character designer.

The psychic suspense story revolves around people who possess the ability to infiltrate people's minds and manipulate memories. Their powers have been used in the underworld for covering up incidents, assassinations, and other deeds. These powers can not only destroy other people's spirits, but also corrupt the users' own hearts at the same time. The users had to protect their fragile and insecure hearts, as if chained to each other. They are called "pets" out of fear and hatred.

Miyake serialized the manga in Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine, and then Enterbrain (now Kadokawa) published a Remaster Edition in five volumes in 2009.

The anime and manga inspired a stage play adaptation. Ueda reprised his role from the anime as Hiroki. Yūsei Naruse served as executive producer on the stage play. Naohiro Ise directed and wrote the play's scripts. Office Invader produced the play. The anime was credited as collaborating on the project. The first stage play, pet: Kowareta Suisō (The Broken Water Tank), ran in Tokyo in December 2018. The second stage play, pet: Niji no Aru Basho (The Place Where the Rainbow Is), ran for nine performances at the Kanda Myojin Hall in Tokyo from July 29 through August 4.

Update: Video added. Thanks, DatRandomDude

Sources: Press release, Pet anime's website


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