The Heike Story Celebrates Premiere with New Teaser Visual, Commentary from Aoi Yuki and More

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A beautiful new tale is about to begin, because Episode 1 of The Heike Story arrives today on Funimation! To celebrate, we’re showcasing the latest teaser visual for the series, as well as a commentary video from Aoi Yuki and the series’ official synopsis.

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The new teaser visual gives us a better look at the mysterious teaser shared earlier this month, with the series’ main character in full profile in the new image. Previously, we had a close-up look at just a strand of her hair.

Next up is a commentary video from Aoi Yuki, with some quick detail on Biwa, the main character of the series, to get you excited for Episode 1 and the incredible cast and crew involved with The Heike Story.

Here’s the official synopsis for the series:

A young orphan named Biwa is taken in by the powerful Taira Clan—also known as the Heike—after their leader witnesses her extraordinary psychic abilities.

Unfortunately, what she predicts is a future of bloodshed, violence, and civil war. Inspired by the 12th-century epic tale Heike Monogatari.

The Heike Story Special Illustration Biwa

And we also have some special comments from the series’ staff as well!

Hideo Furukawa: Every Japanese person knows The Tale of the Heike, yet I believe the vast majority of people misunderstand it. I think that’s because they normally only interact with a very small percentage of the entire work, and only the exaggerated episodes at that. If you read through the whole thing, you see that it is filled with emotion that proclaims that waging war is sad and dreadful.

It is also filled with the heartfelt feeling that the souls of the war dead must be pacified, and that all dead must be mourned. You also see that besides the men who become the protagonists on the battlefield, the story also contains dramas of women who rarely stand on the battlefield. How many people realize that the women of The Tale of the Heike are also protagonists?

Let me declare here that this anime adaptation understands that. Vividly. Bitingly. This adaptation strikes at the decisive points hidden within The Tale of the Heike, and precisely because of that, it also strikes at the viewers’ emotions. The strings the main character Biwa plays will be those of your heart.

Reiko Yoshida: I was incredibly excited to be tackling this title with this team. The Tale of the Heike with Director Yamada. With Fumiko Takano doing the character creation (I can’t tell you how many times I read her short manga collection Bou Ga Ippon). Groups rise and fall, times change, and people’s lives end. But a story lives on, its spark never dimming. That gave me courage.

Fumiko Takano: First I drew Shigemori, and then I drew the Heike brothers, in order of age from youngest to oldest. They are all handsome, lovely men, of a kind that would never appear in my manga. Midway through, I had the director show me the storyboards.

A round-faced girl with eyes a little far apart appeared all over the pages, and when I realized that was Biwa, I was very happy. I had many new, fresh experiences on this project. I am grateful to everyone who gave me the opportunity.

Kensuke Ushio: Before I ever set about composing music for the show, I spent a long time considering what kind of show The Heike Story is. In confronting the many characters and the course of major historical events, I racked my brain over where to start and what the music should convey.

However, first and foremost, rather than a story of major historical events, this story is one of—to borrow the director’s words—”real people’s lives.” It is each of their stories. It is the story of each person’s joy, anger, sorrow, and laughter. I hope the music encompasses and complements all of that.

Takashi Kojima: It’s worth it, so definitely watch!

As announced earlier this month, episodes of The Heike Story will launch a full season ahead of its Japanese broadcast, right here on Funimation. You can catch Episode 1 today!

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