We’re heading back to the Meiji era, in search of romance.
Earlier today, the official Meiji Tokyo Renka anime website updatd with a new key visual and trailer. We break the details down below.
The 100-second promo introduces the major characters and cast members, which character dialogue driving the main story beats. Theme song Tsukiakari no Rhapsodia plays as a background track.
The image features Mei Ayazuki, Shunsō Hishida, and Ōgai Mori dancing beneath the blood-red full moon.
Meiji Tokyo Renka hits Japanese TV on January 9. The full premiere schedule is as follows (all times JST):
- Tokyo MX: 1/9/2018 at 23:30 (1/9/2018 at 11:30PM)
- TV Aichi: 1/9/2018 at 26:05 (1/10/2018 at 2:05AM)
- Sun TV: 1/12/2018 at 25:00 (1/13/2018 at 1:00AM)
- KBS Kyoto: 1/13/2018 at 23:00 (1/13/2018 at 11:00PM)
- BS Fuji: 1/13/2018 at 24:30 (1/14/2018 at 12:30AM)
Akitaro Daichi (Animation Runner Kuromi, Ninja Girl & Samurai Master) will direct the project at TMS Entertainment, with Junko Yamanaka (Aoharu x Machinegun, ReLIFE) filling the dual role of character designer and animation director.
The core cast members from the original original game will return to reprise their roles. This includes:
- Kyōka Izumi: Nobuhiko Okamoto
- Mei Ayazuki: Sumire Morohoshi
- Ōgai Mori: Daisuke Namikawa
- Gorō Fujita: Jun Fukuyama
- Shunsō Hishida: Kenn
- Otojirō Kawakami: Kousuke Toriumi
- Yakumo Koizumi: Shinnosuke Tachibana
- Charlie: Toshiyuki Morikawa
- Tōsuke Iwasaki: Yoshimasa Hosoya
Meiji Tokyo Renka is based on Broccoli’s visual novel of the same name. The game first hit Sony’s PSP handheld in 2013. Sequel title Meiji Tokyo Renka Full Moon debuted on the Vita in 2016.
Visual Novel resource “The Visual Novel Database” describes the title as:
The protagonist, a quite normal high school girl named Ayazuki Mei, meets the self proclaimed illusionist Charlie on a night with a red full moon. Due to his hand she travels through time to the Meiji era of Japan. There, where Mononoke had been observed, was a sort of mysterious Meiji Era “Tokyo”.
Following Charlie’s lead, she arrives at the Rokumeikan building.
Waiting at the party the protagonist sneaks into are an assemblege of historic personages. Ogai Mori, Shunsou Hishida, Otojirou Kawakami, Kyoka Izumi, Fujita Goro, and Yakumo Koizumi.
During the protagonists interaction with those men, the prized Meiji Era ability to see Mononoke “Tamayori” is awakened within her. Because she holds this power, her relationship with those men evolves…
In an unfamilier era, an awakening of love blooms by living among these handsome men and interacting with them.
Will the protagonist return to her original time? Or…?
A love that crosses space-time… What could the conclusion be?