Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari Premieres January 9, Unveils New Key Visual & PV Trailer

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The upcoming Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari supernatural anime series is scheduled to premiere on January 9, 2022. The production team also released a new key visual and main PV trailer

The opening theme song for the anime will be “Koigoromo” by Japanese vocal group ARCANA PROJECT. Meanwhile, singer-songwriter TRUE (also known as Miho Karasawa) will be performing the ending theme “rebind.”

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The voice cast of Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari includes Takeo Ootsuka as protagonist Hyouma Kunato, Yuuki Takada as Botan Nagatsuki, Chikahiro Kobayashi as Nagi, Reina Ueda as Yuu, Aimi Tanaka as Kagami, Yoshiki Nakajima as Suzuri, and Miyuki Sawashiro as Haori.  

The production staff consists of Ryuuichi Kimura (Aikatsu Planet! chief director) as director, Takahiro Okawa (Aikatsu Planet! animation storyboarder) as assistant director, Keiichirou Oochi (The Demon Girl Next Door Season 2) as series screenwriter, Shiori Fujisawa (Aikatsu Planet! design works) as main character designer, and Yuuka Shiga (Cestvs: The Roman Fighter co-2D character designer) as sub-character designer.

Other staff members include Satoko Kimura (Tales of Crestoria: Toga Waga wo Shoite Kare wa Tatsu) as color designer, Youichi Oogami (Hula Fulla Dance, Aikatsu Planet! animation photography director) as photography director, and John Kanda and XELIK as music composers. BN Pictures is handling the animation production for the series.  

The original manga by Onigunsou was launched in Shueisha’s Miracle Jump magazine on April 15, 2014 and is published under the Young Jump Comics label. It was then transferred to Ultra Jump magazine on January 19, 2016 and has released 14 total tankoubon volumes as of May 2022. 

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Seven Seas Entertainment releases the Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari manga series in English. It describes the story as:

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?

Source: Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari Official Twitter

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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