Written by: Gabriel Castillo
Published on: August 13, 2021 at 5:21 PM PHT (GMT+8)
Aniplex released the first full promotional video and key visual for the animated series adapted from Sosuke Toka's manga "Ranking of Kings" on Friday. The video teases the opening song “BOY” performed by King Gnu and reveals more cast members. The series is set to release in October 2021. Check out the freshly announced cast members:
Kenta Miyake as Boss, the father of Bojji and Daida, and the monarch of Boss Kingdom.
Takako Honda as Shiina, the former queen and late mother of Bojji.
Maaya Sakamoto as the Magic Mirror who acts as Daida’s advisor in the shadows.
Yoshimitsu Shimoyama as Death-har, king of the netherworld.
Takahiro Sakurai as Death-par, younger brother of Death-har.
More on the Series
The Ranking of Kings television anime is based on a Japanese comedy web manga series by Sōsuke Tōka. The title has been serialized online via Echoes’ user-submitted website Manga Hack since 2017. The anime adaptation by Wit Studio was first announced back in December 2019. Check out the official website to learn more about the animated series. Here is the series synopsis from My Anime List:
The web manga centers around Bojji, a deaf, powerless prince who cannot even wield a children's sword. As the firstborn son, he strives hard and dreams of becoming the world's greatest king. However, people mutter about him behind his back as "a good-for-nothing prince" and "no way he can be king."
Bojji is able to make his first ever friend, "Kage" (shadow)—a literal shadow on the ground who somehow understands Bojji well. (Kage is a survivor of the Kage assassin clan that was all but wiped out. No longer a killer, Kage now makes ends meet by stealing.) The story follows Bojji's coming-of-age as he meets various people in his life, starting with his fateful encounter with Kage.
Yousuke Hatta (known as an episode director for One Punch Man) serves as the director with Arfiumi Imai as assistant director. Taku Kishimoto (known for working on 91 Days, Fruits Basket, and others) leads the writing of scripts for the series. Atsuko Nozaki (known for work in Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky) is in charge of designing characters with Masaki Kawake as the sub-designer and both are chief animation directors. Makoto Fuchigami is chief line director. The main animators are Masaru Oshiro, Shin Ogasawara, and Nozomu Fujii. MASUKO is in charge of musical composition.
The series has Yuki Kaneko as art director with Kazushi Fujii in charge of art setting and Ken Hashimoto as the color key artist. Kiyoshi Hirose leads the editing. The compositing directors of photography are Kazuto Izumita and Noriyuki Ueda. Audio direction is headed by Yasunori Ebina with Yasunor Ogata working on sound effects. Maiko Okada is the animation producer.
More on King Gnu
King Gnu is a Japanese band formed in 2013 that performs a variety of genres including J-pop, alternative rock, indie pop, and others. The group saw major success starting 2019 with songs like