The Animate chain of anime character merch stores reaches its 30th anniversary this year, so to celebrate, K animation studio GoHands, Food Wars! production company Frontier Works and manga publishers Kadokawa are working on an original anime project called Hand Shakers. The show’s official website has now posted artwork displaying the designs for three key characters. At least four other teams of Hand Shakers like Tazuna and Koyori below, codenamed “Card”, “Shadow”, “Sword”, and “Chain”, will be revealed in the near future.
Tazuna (newly revealed as being voiced by Soma Saito, or HaruChika‘s Haruta) and Koyori (voiced by Sumire Morohoshi, or Tokyo Ghoul‘s Hinami Fueguchi) the Hand Shakers duo codenamed “Gear”
Makihara (voiced by Showtaro Morikubo, or Naruto / Shippuden‘s Shikamaru)
On July 16th, Frontier Works revealed the first promo video for the show, which lists its cast and January 2017 premiere. The official video below is region-locked and cannot be viewed in Australia, New Zealand or the US, but an alternative video is available for all regions.
The voice actors joining the project, with many returning to GoHands from the K anime and Missing Kings movie, stand as follows though in many cases their characters are still unnamed:
Shintaro Asanuma (Tokyo Ghoul‘s Nishiki Nishio)
Yusuke Kobayashi (SHIMONETA‘s Tanukichi Okuma)
Risa Taneda (Food Wars!‘ Erina Nakiri)
Jun Fukuyama (Code Geass‘ Lelouch Lamperouge)
Sora Amamiya (Tokyo Ghoul‘s Toka Kirishima / Rabbit)
Mikako Komatsu (K‘s Neko)
Kenjiro Tsuda (K‘s Mikoto Suoh)
Ayumu Murase (Haikyu!!‘s Shoyo Hinata)
Kaito Ishikawa (Haikyu!!‘s Tobio Kageyama)
Soma Saito (HaruChika‘s Haruta)
Daisuke Namikawa (K‘s Yashiro Isana)
Showtaro Morikubo (Naruto / Shippuden‘s Shikamaru)
Ai Kakuma (Food Wars!‘ Mayumi Kurase)
Satomi Satou (K‘s Kukuri Yukizome)
Saori Hayami (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?‘s Ryu Lyon)
Sumire Morohoshi (Tokyo Ghoul‘s Hinami Fueguchi)
Ai Kayano (No Game No Life‘s Shiro)
Tomokazu Sugita (K‘s Reisi Munakata)
Yoko Hikasa (K-ON!‘s Mio)
The video also reveals that GoHands is in charge of the original planning, with GOON TRAX is composing the music for the series. GoHands, Frontier Works and Kadokawa have all been credited with the original work.
The show’s official website also displays the above key visual depicting Osaka’s famous Dotonboribashi bridge. The tagline on the visual reads “protect it, with these hands”, and underneath the title is the following English summary of the show:
They, the receivers of the Revelation of Babel. They, the challengers to God. They, who inevitably throw themselves into battle with their partners. What does God want from them? And did they want powers exceeding that of Gods? The chosen ones, their souls linked, join hand and hand for the Ziggurat where the fighting shall ensue.