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Trailer: Science SARU’s Mysterious ‘Heike Story’ Unfolds on Funimation

Leading anime destination Funimation is bringing a beautiful and unique period piece to streaming this Fall. Blending stunning visuals, drama and mystery, The Heike Story premieres September 15 on the platform — an entire season ahead of its broadcast debut in Japan.

Produced by Science SARU (Japan Sinks: 2020, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!, Devilman Crybaby) and directed by Kyoto Animation alumna Naoko Yamada (A Silent Voice, Liz and the Blue Bird, K-On!), the series relates a “story of a prayer that transcends 800 years.” It is inspired by author Hideo Furukawa’s modern translation of The Tale of Heike, a medieval Japanese epic about Kiyomori of the Heike clan’s rise from a youth sunk in poverty to the Emperor’s chief councilor —  and the trail of bloodshed this otherwise enlightened man leaves in his wake.

The Heike Story

The Heike Story

The Heike Story is written by the celebrated Reiko Yoshida (Liz and the Blue Bird, A Silent Voice, The Cat Returns), and set to music by composer, rocker and EBM musician Kensuke Ushio, a.k.a. Agraph (Space Dandy,Devilman Crybaby, Japan Sinks: 2020).

The series stars voice actors Aoi Yūki (Madoka in Puella Magi Madoka Magica) as Biwa and Takashiro Sakurai (Metphies in the Godzilla animated trilogy) as Taira no Shigemori.

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