With a lot of dramas and live-action films produced for Shotaro Ikenami’s novel series Onihei Hankacho since it came out in 1967, the new anime project is now underway. The show is part of the Anime Strike channel for Amazon Prime viewers and now TMS Entertainment has brought out a look at the sixth episode from its February 14th, 2017 debut. The series is called Onihei and is directed by Shigeyuki Miya, who will also be doing the character designs, and it’s animated at Studio M2. TMS Entertainment is producing the project.
The Japanese cast includes Kenyuu Horiuchi as Nobutame Hasegawa (Onihei), Romi Park as Omasa and Daisuke Namikawa as Tatsuzou.
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.