With the simulcast run done for the fall 2016 anime series Matoi the Sacred Slayer, The Anime Network is looking to draw some people in who prefer to binge their shows with a new promo for it. Since it’s one that’s working for various programming platforms to work with, what we get is a fun thirty-second spot that has an English language narration that explores the concept and character. It doesn’t mean the show will get a dub when it’s released by Sentai Filmworks down the line, but one can certainly hope.
The show is notable as White Fox’s first original work as opposed to an adaptation. It was directed by Masayuki Sakoi based on the scripts by Yousuke Kuroda. Mai Toda served as both character designer and chief animation director.
The Japanese cast includes Ayaka Suwa as Matoi Sumeragi, Naomi Ōzora as Yuma Kusanagi and Haruka Tomatsu as Claris Tonitolus.
The opening theme song “Chōmusubi Amulet” is being performed by Mia REGINA while the ending theme song “My Only Place” is performed by Sphere.
Plot concept: It is 2016. Matoi Sumeragi, a second-year junior high school student, works part-time as a shrine maiden at Tenman Shrine in the city of Kamaya. Ever since being separated from her mother in early childhood, Matoi has been entrusted to her grandparents on her father’s side, but three months ago, she finally began to live with her father Shingo. In those circumstances, she only wishes for a peaceful, normal life.
Her close friend and part-time workmate Yuma Kusanagi is part of the family of the shrine’s chief priest, and is a candidate to be the successor shrine maiden. For generations, her family has performed exorcisms of evil spirits. She invites Matoi to one of these exorcism ceremonies, a so-called “Divine Possession” that she will attempt.
One day, Matoi and Yuma walk from the school to the shrine as usual, but when they arrive, they are greeted by the shrine’s now damaged grounds, and Yuma’s parents have both collapsed from their wounds. Matoi’s father Shingo, a police detective, launches an investigation, and he comes upon a man who does not seem entirely sane: his only witness. When he holds down the man, Yuma begins the ritual of Divine Possession.
Something strange then happens, not with Yuma, but with Matoi. Matoi Sumeragi, who had only wanted a normal, peaceful life, takes the role of a god, and gains the power to banish evil spirits! To get her precious everyday life back, Matoi must conduct exorcisms!