Funimation revealed earlier this year a new co-production they’re involved in that’s set for April 2021 with Yomiuri-TV Enterprise LTD called Mars Red. The series is based on a dramatic stage reading from the playwright and theatre director Bun-O FUJISAWA and now an update has been revealed. The latest comes in the form of a new promotional video you can see below, subtitled by Funimation, which reveals an April 5th, 2021 premiere for the show at 2:00 am, which is really April 6th. Funimation, a co-producer on the project, will be streaming it same-day.
The Japanese cast includes include:
- Junichi Suwabe as Yoshinobu Maeda
- Tasuku Hatanaka as Shutaro Kurusu
- Kenichi Suzumura as Suwa
- Akira Ishida as Takeuchi
- Tokuichi Yamagami
- Ayahi Takagaki as Misaki
- Makoto Furukawa as Rufus Glenn
- Fumiko Orikasa as Aoi Shirase
- Hiroshi Yanaka as Sōnosuke Nakajima
- Sachi Kokuryu as Shinnosuke Tenmaya
- Kōichi Yamadera as Tokuichi Yamagami
- Miyuki Sawashiro as Deffrot
The series will be directed by Kouhei Hatano, along with Junichi Fujisaku (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) as writer, Karakarakemuri (Laughing Under the Clouds) as original character designer, Yukari Takeuchi (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba) on character design and music from Toshiyuki Muranaka, who has worked with FUJISAWA for many years.
Plot Concept: The year is Taisho 12. They appear in Tokyo as night falls. Known as “Vampires,” they have lived there through the ages, hidden from the public eye, lurking in the shadows as they feed on the blood of the living. To oversee and regulate the vampires, the 16th Special Forces Unit, referred to as “Unit Zero,” was established within the army. It was founded by Lieutenant-General Nakajima to fight in the war of information against various remarkable major powers of the world. At present, however, Unit Zero serves to handle all vampire-related incidents occurring within the darkness of Tokyo.