Written by: Nicole Castro
Published on: December 6, 2021 at 17:36 PHT (GMT+8)
Action-fantasy anime Orient is officially scheduled to air on Jan. 5, 2022.
The promotional video (PV) features the opening theme Break out by Da-iCE and the ending theme 「ナニイロ」(Romaji: Naniiro, English: What Color) by Wataru Hatano.
The 'Orient' TV anime series is based on the Japanese manga series of the same title written by Shinobu Ohtaka. Ohtaka is known for creating the manga series Sumomomo Momomo and Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic. Orient was serialized from May 2018 to January 2021 in Kodansha's Weekly Shounen Magazine before transferring to Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in February 2021.
The story revolves around a 15-year-old boy named Musashi and takes place during Japan's Sengoku period. At the time, Japan is ruled by Demons. Musashi tries to confront the demons with a certain special power.
Yūma Uchida (内田雄馬) as Musashi
Sōma Saitō (斉藤壮馬) as Kojirou Kanemaki
Rie Takahashi (高橋李依) as Tsugumi Hattori
Satoshi Hino (日野 聡) as Naotora Takeda
Hiro Shimono (下野 紘) as Shirou Inukai
Azumi Waki (和氣あず未) as Nanao Inusaka
Wataru Hatano (羽多野渉) as Hideo Kosameda
Original work: Shinobu Ohtaka (serialized in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine / Kodansha)
Director: Tetsuya Yanagisawa
Series composition: Mariko Kunisawa
Character design: Takahiro Kishida
Music: Hideyuki Fukasawa
Animation production: A ・ C ・ G ・ T
Production: "Orient" production committee
Synopsis from MAL:
Five years ago, Musashi made a promise with his friend Kojirou Kanemaki that once they grew up, they would become samurai, form a league, and go on demon-slaying quests. But since then, things have changed. With demons now being praised and worshipped by society, the samurai are shunned and disgraced.
Afraid of revealing his dream of becoming a samurai, Musashi blends into the town's dogma by becoming a miner while secretly polishing his swordsmanship. Meanwhile, despite being a direct descendant of a samurai, Kojirou gives up on his promise to his old friend. However, after saving Musashi from a near-death experience, his perspective shifts. Although still conflicted, Kojirou embarks on a journey with Musashi in the hopes of figuring out his true feelings.
Fighting against all odds, the duo dives headfirst into the unknown world of beast-slaying, not knowing what life has in store for them. Now astride iron horses, the fifteen-year-old heroes plan to restore the tarnished reputation of the samurai and purge the world of demons.