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After being announced back in November, the TV anime adaptation of Onigunsou’s supernatural action manga Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari got its first trailer and visual tonight, revealing the lead staff and cast members for the series centered around Hyoma Kunato as he is forced to go to Kyoto by his clan to learn from Botan Nagatsuki how to live with tsukumogami, a type of spirit.



Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari


Voicing the lead character Hyoma Kunato will be Takeo Otsuka (Takeo in Noblesse), with Botan Nagatsuki being voiced by Yuki Takada (Aoba Suzukaze in NEW GAME!). The staff of Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari includes:


  1. Director – Ryuichi Kimura
  2. Series Composition – Keiichiro Ochi
  3. Assistant Director – Takahiro Okawa
  4. Main Character Design – Shiori Fujisawa
  5. Sub Character Design – Yuka Shiga
  6. Prop/Action Design – Satomi Watabe, Tetsuro Nireki, Jyushi Ohgi
  7. Color Design – Satoko Kimura
  8. Director of Photography – Yoichi Ogami
  9. Editing – Kazuhiro Nii
  10. Sound Director – Hiromi Kikuta
  11. Music – John Kanda, XELIK
  12. Production – BN Pictures


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Onigunsou’s supernatural action manga Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari runs in Ultra Jump, with 13 volumes currently released in Japan. Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed the series, with the first English volume set to be released in January 2023. Seven Seas describes the series as such: 


When spirits cross over into the human world, they can possess old objects and gain a physical form: a tsukumogami. Tsukumogami can be gentle, violent, or somewhere in-between, so the Saenome clan peacefully helps send them back to the spirit world to avoid destruction.


Kunato Hyouma is a member of the clan, but is…less than peaceful, since he holds a grudge from when a tsukumogami robbed him of something important. Afraid that Hyouma’s brash anger in dealing with these spirits will lead to supernatural catastrophes, Hyouma’s grandfather sends him to live in Kyoto with Nagatsuki Botan, an unusual young woman who actually lives with tsukumogami like family! Can Hyouma learn to control his emotions when dealing with tsukumogami, or is his own spirit doomed to be possessed with rage forever?


No date has been confirmed for the Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari TV anime as of yet.


Source: Press Release


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Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.