The upcoming Heavenly Delusion anime adaptation will begin airing in Japan on April 1. Aside from the premiere date reveal, a main trailer that shows off more of the sci-fi post-apocalyptic show’s setting and visuals was released.
The new trailer also previews opening song “innocent arrogance” by BiSH, which was announced with the ending song “Dare mo Kare mo Doko mo Nani mo Shiranai” by ASOBI Doumei.
Aside from the theme song info, it was announced that Kazuya Nakai, Masako Isobe, Tadashi Mutou, and Atsumi Tanezaki will be part of Heavenly Delusion‘s cast as Robin Inazaki, the nursery director, Sawatari, and Aoshima, respectively.
Heavenly Delusion is based on the Kodansha-published manga by Masakazu Ishiguro, which began in 2018 and has eight tankoubon volumes as of November 2022. The anime will be streamed internationally at some point by Disney+.
The manga series, which placed first on the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! 2019 ranking (male category), is serialized in Monthly Afternoon and published under the Afternoon KC label. Denpa Books describes the plot as:
Within the safety of the walls, youths are raised in a nursery-style setting by robots. While life there may appear stale on the surface, the children are full of potential and curiosity. In many ways it is like a slice of heaven.
The outside world is a hell-scape. It is almost entirely void of anything mechanical and is now inhabited by bizarre, yet powerful super-natural beings.
Maru, with the aid of Kiruko, is out there crisscrossing what was once Tokyo for heaven. But after searching for so long, maybe heaven is more of an untenable dream than a potential reality.
Hirotaka Mori (Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale assistant director) is directing the show with Makoto Fukami (Blade of the Immortal) as series composer, Minakata Laboratory’s Utsushita (“Adventuring Party ~Heroes of Forest~” music video) as character designer, Ryouta Furukawa (Psycho Pass 3 co-main animator) as Hiruko designer, Shinobu Tsuneki (Fena: Pirate Princess) as mechanical designer, and Akira Takata (Moriarty the Patriot) as gun designer. Production I.G is the animation production company.
Other staff members include Yuuji Kaneko (Ranking of Kings) as art director, Izumi Hirose (Drifting Home) as color designer, Kentaro Waki (Sword Art Online -Alicization– War of Underworld) as photography director, and Kensuke Ushio (Chainsaw Man) as music composer.
Meanwhile, the cast includes Gen Satou as Maru, Sayaka Senbongi as Kiruko, Hibiku Yamamura as Tokio, Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Kona, Misato Fukuen as Mimihime, Shunsuke Takeuchi as Shiro, Tomoyo Kurosawa as Kuku, Misato Matsuoka as Anzu, and Yuuki Shin as Taka.