The production team behind the Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories series is back to work on Japanese monsters (kaiju).
By: Nicole S. Castro on May 06, 2022 at 18:01 PHT
An original TV anime featuring kaiju (or "monsters" in Japanese) called KJ File will be airing on TV Tokyo this July 2022.
KJ File is a new animation project by the same production team behind the Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories anime series. Below is the first teaser visual.
For KJ File, the story takes place in a world where kaiju (or "monsters" in Japanese) have begun to appear in various parts of the world. The members of the fictional Kaiju Watchers the League of Nations (KWLONs), whose mission is to monitor and analyze these monsters, are searching for a way for the kaiju and humans to co-exist.
The kaiju will be drawn in a Showa retro style with theme songs for each unique monster. The team is composed of several artists and illustrators for the kaiju character designs such as Shinji Nishikawa, Hideo Okamoto, Yuu Ebihara, Michiko Furutani, jimmy, and Norio Yamakawa (TV Tokyo).
For the monster-specific theme songs, they will be sung by Japanese idol Aozora Sorano, a member of music groups ARCANA PROJECT and Dempagumi.inc, as well as other Japanese singers and songwriters.
The show's ending theme song will be Kaiju Fire (Japanese: 怪獣ファイヤ) by kazukiyamamori.
As mentioned, majority of the cast and staff are composed of members who worked on the Yamishibai series. See below for the full list.
Planning: Norio Yamakawa (TV Tokyo), Takuya Iwasaki (ILCA)
Producers: Satoshi Umetsu (TV Tokyo), Akira Funada (yell)
Director: Akira Funada
Screenplay: Mitsuhi Sasagi, Takashi Iitsuka
Original work: Shinji Nishikawa, Hideo Okamoto, Yuu Ebihara, Michiko Furutani, jimmy, and Norio Yamakawa (TV Tokyo)
Insert song/Composition: Tomoki Kikuya
Insert song/Lyrics: Aozora Sorano (Dempagumi.inc /ARCANA PROJECT), Kana Hoshizaki, Nobuhiko Kashiwara, Kota Okamoto
Production cooperation: Studio Buckhorn, Wafu Animation
Produced by: ILCA, yell
Production: "KJ File" Production Committee
NICOLE S. CASTRO
Nicole is based in the Philippines and works as a freelance Japanese Translator/Interpreter and copywriter (English). She is a JLPT N2 passer who watches anime to "study" for N1. She has a long career history on LinkedIn (with primary focus on media and translation), but her anime watchlist is much, much longer.