Shuhei Morita Directing Anime Adaptation of Tokyo Ghoul Coming This Summer, Cast Includes Natsuki Hanae, Sora Amamiya, and Kana Hanazawa

© Sui Ishida / Shueisha Inc., Tokyo Ghoul Production Committee
© Sui Ishida / Shueisha Inc., Tokyo Ghoul Production Committee

A summer anime adaptation has been greelit for Sui Ishida’s dark fantasy manga Tokyo Ghoul which is currently serialized in Weekly Young Jump (Shueisha). Syncing up with this, the main staff and cast have been announced.

Gathering attention is the fact that Shuhei Morita is directing. Director Morita was recently nominated for the Best Animated Short Film award at the Academy Awards in America for his work “Possessions,” once piece of the omnibus film Short Peace. His works up until now include the OVA Freedom, but this will be his first time directing an anime. Likely to pick up attention is how this popular director will handle a TV anime.

Acting as series composer and writer is playwright and performer Chuji Mikasano. Kazuhiro Miwa, who was the chief animation director on Heroman and Eureka Seven AO, is taking up the role of animation director. This unique and talented staff is rounded out with Noboru Haraguchi of Gosick fame as sound director and Yutaka Yamada, whose work includes the TV drama Marumo no Okite, as music director. Producing the animation is Pierrot.

On the cast side, popular and young seiyū Natsuki Hanae is playing main character Ken Kaneki. Hanae’s experience includes playing main characters in the recent anime The Severing Crime Edge and Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea. Look forward to how he will portray this work’s world in which ghouls are running rampant eating humans. Playing the female lead, Touka Kirishima, is Sora Amamiya. Amamiya is also a seiyū whose popularity is exploding. In addition to this role, she is also playing a main character in the upcoming 2014 summer anime One Week Friends and Blade & Soul. A highlight of the anime will likely be her interactions with Hanae. Rize Kamishiro, a girl who holds the keys to the story, will be voiced by Kana Hanazawa. She will support the anime with her talent for playing a diverse variety of roles, which can be seen in The Garden of Words, Oniku Daisuki! Zeushi-kun, and others.

Even more information will likely be unveiled at AnimeJapan 2014 to be held at Tokyo Big Sight on March 22 and 23. A PV of Tokyo Ghoul will be shown for the first time at the MarvelousAQL booth. There will also be original novelties given out as presents at the booth.

A teaser illustration has also been released on the official site. It seems things will be accelerating from here on toward the summer broadcast.

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Story
“This world is a mistake”
I’m not the main character of a novel...but...if, for argument’s sake, a work was written starring me...it would definitely be…a “tragedy.”

Mysterious ghouls that devour humans are running rampant through Tokyo. Each day is survived by laying low, and humans begin to feel fear toward the threat of the “ghouls” whose real intentions are wrapped in mystery. Kaneki, an ordinary college student who enjoys reading, meets a girl named Rize who is reading a book by his favorite author, Sen Takatsuki, at the cafe he frequents. Little does he know how this will completely change his fate…

Snatching away the lives of humans, the existence of these mysterious beings who live eternally just to eat is wrapped in questions and complications. Meanwhile, the future of this young man groping for a way to return the world to the way it should be is––?!

This fresh, dark fantasy is becoming a long-awaited anime!

Source: animeanime
Source article written by Katsunori Takahashi

© Sui Ishida / Shueisha Inc., Tokyo Ghoul Production Committee

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