We’ll take Anime Artwork That Belongs in a Gallery for $1,000, Alex. The Heike Story, a stunning partnership between studio Science SARU (Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!) and director Naoko Yamada, tells the intimate tale of Biwa, a prophetic orphan who finds herself caught between the peace of the present and the fury of the future.
So, to commemorate that pristine beauty and state of being, Funimation commissioned a special key visual in collaboration with Science SARU:
Biwa solemnly plays her namesake among sala flowers in full bloom—the short life of which represents the impending downfall of the Heike clan and dire times soon to come.
This enchanting character art of Biwa exhibiting her enlightened bard state was also unveiled:
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If you want to see more beautiful art like this, don’t miss The Heike Story, simulcasting now on Funimation!
Official synopsis: 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.
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