Get ready, because the underground is about to show its true colors tomorrow.
Earlier today, Crunchyroll announced the full première details regarding their Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens simulcast. The series will stream for subscribers in all regions outside of Asia starting January 12 at 8:00AM Pacific (11:00AM Eastern).
The series is based on Chiaki Kisaki and Hako Ichiiro’s light novel of the same name. Kenji Yasuda (Macross Delta, Shugo Chara!) will direct the series at Satelight, with Hidenori Inoue providing character designs. Shogo Yasukawa (Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, Terraformars) is in charge of series composition.
Kotaro Nakagawa (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Planetes) will score the show’s soundtrack. Kishida Kyōdan & The Akeboshi Rockets will perform opening theme song Stray, while jazz quintet TRI4TH tackles ending theme Dirty Bullet.
The confirmed voice cast includes:
- Zenji Banba: Daisuke Ono
- Lin Xianming: Yuuki Kaji
- Saitoh: Yūsuke Kobayashi
- Shunsuke Saruwatari: Yūichi Nakamura
- Jirō: Daisuke Namikawa
- Enokida: Kensho Ono
- Misaki: Aoi Yūki
- José Martínez: Tomoaki Maeno
- Yamato: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka
- Saeki: Daisuke Hirakawa
- Shigematsu: Kenji Hamada
- Genzō Gohda: Kousei Hirota
- Kyoya Nitta: Masaya Matsukaze
TRI4TH, a five-member male jazz band that formed in 2006, are performing the ending theme song “Dirty Bullet.”
Chiaki Kisaki and illustrator Hako Ichiiro’s Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens light novels made their début under Kadokawa Media Works Bunko imprint in February 2014. The ongoing series saw its seventh volume hit retailers on July 25. The title was awarded the top prize at the 20th Dengeki Novel Awards.
A manga adaptation by Kisara Akino launched in the pages of G Fantasy in July 26. The title ran through May 18, and spans two compiled volumes.
Crunchyroll describes Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens as:
At a glance, Fukuoka seems like a peaceful town, but crime runs rampant behind the scenes. It’s now a battleground for professional killers, with urban legends suggesting that there’s even one who specializes in killing professional killers. Assassins, detectives, revenge seekers, informants, torture specialists… When stories are told of these and other professionals of the underground, a “killer of professional killers” appears…
The winner of the 2013 Dengeki Novel Prize (Grand Prize) is now an anime!