Requiem of the Rose King TV Anime Crowns Its OP / ED Artists

The Rose King rises in January 2022

A banner image advertising the TV anime announcement for the Requiem of the Rose King manga, as illustrated by Aya Kanno. The banner features a close up of the main character, Richard, a willowy intersex man.


The TV anime adaptation of Aya Kanno's dark fantasy Shakespeare-inspired Requiem of the Rose King manga revealed its opening and ending themes today alongside the artists that will carry the ballads. The series will see Makoto Furukawa perform the opening theme song "Ware, Bara ni Insu (I lust after the rose)," while ZAQ performs the ending theme "Akumu (Paroniria)."


Key visual for Requiem of the Rose King

Requiem of the Rose King


Requiem of the Rose King is loosely based on Shakespeare's Richard III and Henry VI: Part III, re-imagining the villainous Richard III as an intersex individual who feels alone in society due to this. The original manga runs in the Monthly Princess magazine and has so far been collected into 15 volumes. An English version of the manga is published by Viz Media, which describes the story of the series as follows:


Richard, the ambitious third son of the House of York, believes he is cursed, damned from birth to eternal darkness. But is it truly fate that sets him on the path to personal destruction? Or his own tormented longings? Based on an early draft of Shakespeare’s Richard III, Aya Kanno’s dark fantasy finds the man who could be king standing between worlds, between classes, between good and evil.


The TV anime adaptation of Requiem of the Rose King will be directed by Kentaro Suzuki at J.C. Staff and premieres in January 2022.


Source: Comic Natalie


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Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram

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