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Kyoshin to Hyōka no Shiro Short TV Anime Delayed Due to COVID-19

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Mecha-Ude team's anime set & partly produced in Nagasaki's historical Minami Shimabara city

The official website for the short anime Kyoshin to Hyōka no Shiro (The Giant Gods and the Ice Flower Castle) announced on Friday that the first episode has been delayed from this month due to the effects of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The website and the anime's social media accounts will announce the new release date as soon as it is decided.

The story is set in Nagasaki prefecture in Minami Shimabara city, the fabled origin of the Shimabara Rebellion that sent shockwaves through all of Japan in the early Edo period. It is also where a third-year junior high school student named Shirō spends his days with his school friends.

One summer day, Shirō's older childhood friend Akane returns to Minami Shimabara from Tokyo. Shirō and Akane take a stroll around Minami Shimabara with another longtime friend, Tokiya. While these friends are dealing with nostalgia and more complex feelings, a mysterious creature named Goron suddenly appears before them. This encounter with a mere little creature causes great events to unfold once more in this city ….

The anime would have premiered on television and on YouTube this month to promote the city of Minami Shimabara. People from the city worked on the voice cast, the chorus, and the background art. It is the first anime that Nagasaki Culture Telecasting has produced since its founding in 1990.

The cast includes:

Yūki Ōtani as Shirō

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Goron

Ayumu Murase as Tokiya

Minami Takahashi as Akane

Sae Okamoto (Mecha-Ude) is directing the anime at TriF Studio and designing the characters. The TriF creative team is also credited for the scripts. Nurikabe (Mecha-Ude) designs the Kyoshin (Giant Gods), and also handles the background art with Sugar. Shōta Kawamura is working on the CG and photography (compositing). The animators include Shōko Miyano, Sugar, Sally Yukie Nakamura, and Ryō Matsumoto.

Takeshi Takadera is directing the sound at Half HP Studio, and Cyber Connect 2's Chikayo Fukuda composes the music. LieN is contributing the theme song.

Sources: Kyoshin to Hyōka no Shiro anime's website, Comic Natalie

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