Sadly, I don’t think our heroes will be singing karaoke or bowling for chickens this time.
Earlier today, Hinamatsuri fans tuned in for a streaming event, titled Kyō wa Tanoshii Hinamatsuri. During the show, a new trailer and key visual for the Hinamatsuri anime, as well as details on the show’s theme songs were unveiled.
We break the details down below.
The two-minute trailer introduces the show’s major story concepts, as well as the major characters. A jaunty guitar riff plays in the background.
The new visual features lead characters Hina and Nitta dressed in traditional attire. The image ties in with today’s “Hinamatsuri” (Doll Festival) holiday in Japan.
Rie Murakawa will perform opening theme song Distance. Yoshiki Nakajima will handle closing theme Sake to Ikura to 893 to Musume (Salted Salmon, Salmon Roe, 893, and the Girl). Both songs will receive CD singles, with Distance hitting stores on May 9, while Sake to Ikura to 893 to Musume ships to stores on May 23.
Hinamatsuri will hit Japanese TV on April 6. The full broadcast schedule is as follows:
- AT-X: 4/6/2018 at 21:00 (4/6/2018 at 9:00PM)
- KBS Kyoto: 4/6/2018 at 25:40 (4/7/2018 at 1:40AM)
- Tokyo MX: 4/6/2018 at 25:40 (4/7/2018 at 1:40AM)
- TV Aichi: 4/7/2018 at 25:50 (4/8/2018 at 1:50AM)
- BS11: 4/7/2018 at 27:00 (4/8/2018 at 3:00AM)
- Sun TV: 4/8/2018 at 24:30 (4/9/2018 at 12:30AM)
- TVQ Kyushu: 4/8/2018 at 26:35 (4/9/2018 at 2:35AM)
The series is based on Masao Ohtake’s manga of the same name. Kei Oikawa (Outbreak Company, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!) was tapped to direct the series at studio feel., with Kanetoshi Kamimoto (Dagashi Kashi, So I Can’t Play H) providing character designs. Keiichirō Ōchi (La Corda d’Oro Blue Sky) is in charge of series composition for the project.
Other confirmed crew members include:
- Music: Yasuhiro Misawa
- Art Director: Shunichiro Yoshihara
- Chief Animation Director: Kanetoshi Kamimoto
- Sound Director: Satoshi Motoyama
- Director of Photography: Yuuta Nakamura
- Art Setting: Kaoru Aoki
- Assistant Director: Katsura Matsubara
- Color design: You Iwaida
- Editing: Daisuke Hiraki
- Key Animation: Kuniaki Masuda
- Key Animation: Ryō Araki
- Key Animation: Tetsuya Takeuchi
The confirmed voice cast includes:
- Hina: Takako Tanaka
- Yoshifumi Nitta: Yoshiki Nakajima
- Anzu: Rie Murakawa
- Hitomi Mishima: Kaede Hondo
- Utako: Yōko Hikasa
- Mao: Ari Ozawa
- Kashira (“Boss”): Tsuyoshi Koyama
- Sabu: Kengo Kawanishi
The Hinamatsuri manga launched in Enterbrain’s Fellows! magazine in 2009. After Fellows! ended publication, the title moved to successor publication Harta. To date, twelve collected volumes have been published, with the thirteenth book set to hit bookstores on Friday.
Manga resource Baka-Updates describes Hinamatsuri as:
One night, a strange object falls on the head of Nitta, a member of the yakuza. Inside the box is a strange young girl named Hina. She has tremendous supernatural powers, and Nitta finds himself reluctantly taking her in. Her powers can come in handy for his yakuza business, but he also runs the risk of her using them on him! Not to mention, if she doesn’t use her powers, she will eventually go berserk and destroy everything around her. Nitta and Hina’s strange life together is just beginning…
Source: Animate Times