The first episode arrives on Funimation today
A few hours before the release of the first episode of The Heike Story around the world, the first full visual of the anime was released giving us a full look at the main character Biwa. Alongside the visual, Funimation shared the full synopsis for the series.
Furthermore, it was also announced that Aoi Yuuki will be voicing the main character of Biwa, with Takahiro Sakurai, Saori Hayami, Tessho Genda、Shigeru Chiba, Kikuko Inoue, Miyu Irino, Yumiko Kobayashi, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Natsuki Hanae, Ayumu Murase, Koutaro Nishiyama, Nobuyuki Hiyama, Subaru Kimura, Yu Miyazaki, Inori Minase Tomokazu Sugita, and Yuki Kaji voicing additional characters.
The character designer, Takashi Kojima (FLIP FLAPPERS), released a celebratory visual:
Naoko Yamada directs The Heike Story at Science SARU (Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken), with longtime collaborator Reiko Yoshida penning the scripts, and Kensuke Ushio doing the music. All three creators worked together on the award-winning A Silent Voice together at Kyoto Animation. Funimation describes the series as such:
A young orphan named Biwa is taken in by the powerful Taira Clan—also known as the Heike—after their leader witnesses her extraordinary psychic abilities.
Unfortunately, what she predicts is a future of bloodshed, violence, and civil war. Inspired by the 12th-century epic tale Heike Monogatari.
The Tale of Heike premieres its first episode on September 15 on the Fuji on Demand service and on Funimation the same day ahead of the TV premiere in January 2022.
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs the YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.