Hiiro no Kakera is originally an otome game released in 2006 for PlayStation 2. It is an Idea Factory project that attracted not only new fans of for the genre, but also kept the old ones and became one of the most bought otome games in its time. Hence, it is no wonder we will be watching it as an anime adaptation this spring. The only question is – why did it take as long? March 6, 2012 is the date when Episode 1 will premiere in Japan. Anyway, Hiiro no Kakera is the third anime out of the 2012’s spring season that is reviewed by the Shinigami List.
The show tells us a story of adventure and supernatural events. We follow the young Tamaki Kasuga as she returns to her grandmother’s hometown where many of her family history lies. Little does she know of what awaits her there. One of the most surprising facts she learns is that there are five heroes, guardians of Tamayohime (Shinigami-sama note: it is mainly a common term used for a woman who acts as a wife to a Kami and gives birth to his children; also lives in with the Kami). The five guardians are very strict and respectful to their tradition and obligations. Each of them also has a different special power, abilities that make them unique and very important as a part of the team.
Here are the main characters and some additional information:
(from left to right)
Yuuichi Komura is a descendant of the Nine-tailed fox and a mesmeriser, meaning he controls the enemy’s mind through illusion. His pure power is the spirit fire.
Takura Onizaki is a descendant of the Oni (evil spirits, demons) and a very strong guardian. He has hard times controlling the oni power, especially when near the sealed magical sword Onikirimaru.
Mahiro Atori is a wind elementalist and a descendant of the Raven.
Tamaki Kasuga is the next Tamayorihime after her grandmother and she is now the one to be protected by the guardians.
Shinji Inukai is a healer and can use the power of words to control almost every situation (how smart of the creators, keeping in mind the meaning of his name – Shinji from Shinjitsu – truth).
Suguru Oomi is the unofficial leader of the guardians and a water elementalist who can work with seals and barriers. he is also a descendant of the Orochi (giant Snake)
Kousuke Okano as Mahiro Atori
Marie Miyake as Tamaki Kasuga
Tomokazu Sugita as Takuma Onizaki
Chihiro Aikawa as Mitsuru Kotokura
Daisuke Hirakawa as Suguru Oumi
Daisuke Namikawa as Yuuichi Komura
Hiroki Shimowada as Shinji Inukai
Hiroki Yasumoto as Eins
Kazunori Nomiya as Mysterious Boy
Rikako Yamaguchi as Osaki-ko
Sayaka Ohara as Vier
Suzuko Mimori as Kiyono Takara
Tamie Kubota as Shizuki Ugaya
Tomomi Isomura as Aria
Yoshihisa Kawahara as Zwei
Yoshikazu Nagano as Masataka Ashiya
Youji Ueda as Drei
Director: Bob Shirohata
Series Composition: Yoshiko Nakamura
Script: Yoshiko Nakamura
Music: Hikaru Nanase
Original Character Design: Yone Kazuki
Character Design: Naoyuki Onda
Animation Production: Studio DEEN
OP Song: “Nee” by Maiko Fujita
An older song of the same performer. Sorry, but the new songs are unfindable before the anime comes out. Officially, I mean.
ED Song: “Kono Te de Idaki Tomeru kara” by Shuhei Kita
Images: © IF・DF/「緋色の欠片」製作委員会