Written by: Nicole Castro
Published on: December 3, 2021 at 12:36 PHT (GMT+8)
The official Twitter account for Aya Kanno's Requiem of the Rose King has released a promotional video (PV), key visual (KV), and additional cast information in anticipation of the anime which airs on Jan. 9, 2022.
According to the PV, the TV anime adaptation will air in two consecutive cours.
Below is the key visual.
Requiem of the Rose King (Japanese: 薔薇王の葬列, Romaji: Bara-Ō no Sōretsu) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Aya Kanno. It is loosely based on the Shakespearean plays Henry VI, Part 3 and Richard III. The series follows the character of Richard III during the tumultuous Wars of the Roses (1455–1487) period in English history.
The manga has been serialized in Akita Shoten's Monthly Princess magazine since October 2013 and collected into 15 volumes as of March 2021. It is licensed in English by Viz Media.
Mitsuki Saiga (斎賀みつき) as Richard III
Hikaru Midorikawa (緑川 光) as Henry
Hayami Shou (速水奨) as Richard, Duke of York
Kōsuke Toriumi (鳥海浩輔) as Edward
Yasuaki Takumi (内匠靖明) as George
Satoshi Mikami (三上哲) as Earl of Warwick
Satoshi Hino (日野 聡) as Catesby
Sayaka Ohara (大原 さやか) as Princess Margaret
Kōhei Amasaki (天崎滉平) as Prince Edward
Sayumi Suzushiro (鈴代紗弓) as Anne
Ayumi Mano (真野あゆみ) as Isabelle
Shizuka Ito (伊藤 静) as Elizabeth
Aya Hisakawa (久川 綾) as Cecily
Riho Sugiyama (杉山里穂) as Buckingham
Aoi Yuki (悠木碧) as Joan of Arc
Hōchū Ōtsuka (大塚芳忠) as Narrator
Original work: Aya Kanno "Requiem of the Rose King" (serialized in "Monthly Princess" by Akita Shoten)
Original source: William Shakespeare's "Henry VI" and "Richard III"
Director: Kentaro Suzuki
Series composition, Screenplay: Hiroki Uchida
Character design: Chikara Hashizume
Art director: Kentaro Izumi
Color design: Mayumi Tanahashi
Cinematography: Akihiro Takahashi
Sound director: Yoshikazu Iwanami
Music: Kou Otani
Music production: Lantis
Animation production: J.C.STAFF
Synopsis by MAL:
The crown of England has been hotly contested throughout history, and in the Middle Ages, a series of great civil wars became known as the War of the Roses. Claiming a right to the throne, the Duke of York seeks to unseat King Henry VI and his heir in order to become king himself.
On a dark day filled with many ill omens, the Duke gains a son: Richard Plantagenet, third of his name. Neither male nor female, but instead possessing characteristics of both sexes, Richard III is immediately reviled by his mother. Her hatred defines his childhood, leading to a deep disgust toward his own body and an adverse reaction to being called a demon.
Richard grows up troubled by visions of England's former foe, Joan of Arc, who taunts that he will bring ruin to all who know him. He believes that he can attain salvation by helping his father achieve his destiny of becoming the king. However, cursed by the expectations of both his mother and Joan, will Richard's actions instead drag his family down into darkness?