With a lot of dramas and live-action films produced for Shotaro Ikenami’s novel series Onihei Hankacho since it came out in 1967, it’s next year as part of the 50th anniversary of it that we’re finally going to see an anime project for it. The series is going to be called Onihei and will be directed by Shigeyuki Miya, who will also be doing the character designs, and it’ll be animated at Studio M2. TMS Entertainment is producing the project.
Plot concept: The title character is Hasegawa Heizō, who started as a chartered libertine before succeeding his father as an heir and was appointed the head of the special police who had jurisdiction over arson-robberies in Edo. Nicknamed by the villain “Onihei,” meaning “Heizō the demon,” he led a band of samurai police and cultivated reformed criminals as informants to solve difficult crimes. Later, he was titled “Hitsuke tōzoku aratamekata” (police force for arson and theft), and opened an office at his official resident.