The broadcast’s start date of the TV anime “Woodpecker Detective’s Office” has been decided on Apr. 13, 2020, the death anniversary of the protagonist of this work, Ishikawa Takuboku. In addition, six additional voice actors will be joining the cast including Tsuda Kenjirou, Ono Kenshou, and Saitou Souma.
A key visual depicting the new characters, and a character PV footage have also been revealed.
“Woodpecker Detective’s Office” is originally a classic mystery novel by Ii Kei which won the 3rd Sogen Mystery Short Story Prize.
A genius poet named Ishikawa Takuboku suffers from a shortage of money and decides to start a business as a detective under the name of “Woodpecker Detective’s Office”, in the wake of a certain murder case. Takuboku takes a deep interest with his assistant, Kindaichi Kyousuke, in many mysterious incidents, such as “The ghost haunting at the Ryouunkaku skyscraper in Asakusa”, and “The cannibal doll wandering around the city on a snowy night”. With the involvement of literary fellows including Nomura Kodou, Yoshii Isamu, Hagiwara Sakutarou, Wakayama Bokusui, and others, the scam genius poet Ishikawa Takuboku runs through the westernized Tokyo.
The additional cast members that play the main characters have been announced.
Tsuda Kenjirou will be voicing Nomura Kodou, Kyousuke’s junior high school classmate and Takuboku’s senior, Ono Kenshou will be voicing Hirai Tarou (later known as Edogawa Ranpo), a literary boy with a great curiosity, Saitou Souma in the role of Yoshii Isamu, rival of Ishikawa Takuboku, Umehara Yuuichirou playing Hagiwara Sakutarou, later known as the father of modern poetry, Makoto Furukawa playing Wakayama Bokusui, an active poet and student of Waseda University, and Hayashi Yukiya in the role of Akutagawa Ryuunosuke, who strongly admires Natsume Souseki.
Furthermore, a key visual depicting the eight main characters drawn against the background of the townscape of Asakusa was revealed. In addition, a character PV footage introducing the main characters from the perspective of Kindaichi Kyousuke was also unveiled.
Information regarding the theme music have also been released. The opening theme song is titled “Honjitsu mo Makoto ni Hare Tenya” by Furukawa Makoto, who also plays the role of Wakayama Bokusui, and the ending theme song is “Gondola no Uta” by NOW ON AIR. In addition, the OP theme song can be listened ahead of the broadcast in the character PV.
TV anime “Woodpecker Detective’s Office” will be broadcast on TOKYO MX, BS Fuji, CS Family Gekijou, and other TV channels from Apr. 13, 2020.
Furthermore, the earli
est pre-broadcast screening with the seven main cast members on stage will be held on Mar. 21. Check out the entry process on the official website.
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[Role of Nomura Kodou: Tsuda Kenjirou]
I really enjoyed playing Nomura Kodou, one of the literary men hanging out in the milk bar. Please enjoy the atmosphere derived from the Meiji era and its literary figures.
[Role of Hirai Tarou: Ono Kenshou]
I am Ono Kenshou, the voice of Hirai Tarou. He is a man who takes a deep interest in intriguing cases, a trait that will give him later the pseudonym Edogawa Ranpo. I will do my best to portray his sharpness and personality so that you can catch a glimpse of his characteristics!
[Role of Yoshii Isamu: Saitou Souma]
I love literature and mystery, so I’m really happy to be part of this title! In addition to solving the mystery of the main story, the daily depictions of literary young men with their unique personalities are full of humor! Please watch it!
[Role of Hagiwara Sakutarou: Umehara Yuuichirou]
The character I play, Sakutarou is a sentimental and pure-hearted person. I want to do my best to stand out even in the great and unique figures that surround me. Please take a look at this delightful work which depicts the real life of literary masters.
[Role of Wakayama Bokusui: Furukawa Makoto]
Among the various poets, Bokusui is shown as a cheerful and calm person. While feeling the atmosphere of that era through the acting, I write poems, so I’d be really glad if you watch it. Enjoy!
[Role of Akutagawa Ryuunosuke: Hayashi Yukiya]
“Woodpecker Detective’s Office” will be my anime debut. I’m desperately trying to do my best among all that passion coming out from the cast veterans and the staff members. What kind of role will my character Akutagawa Ryuunosuke be playing in the story… I’d be happy if you enjoyed it!
[Person in charge of the OP theme song: Furukawa Makoto]
Besides the role of Wakayama Bokusui, I will be in charge of the OP theme song. You will feel a stylish and elegant atmosphere from it, so I would appreciate if you could enjoy it along with the anime. Look forward to it!
[Band in charge of the ED theme song: NOW ON AIR]
NOW ON AIR will be in charge of a TV anime’s ED theme song for the first time! From the moment we received this responsibility, all the group members took time to reflect on the atmosphere and historical background of the work, in order to create a song in a completely new way as NOW ON AIR. We hope most of the fans will enjoy our song, “Gondola no Uta” by NOW ON AIR specially made for “Woodpecker Detective’s Office”.
(C) 2020 Ii Kei / Tokyo Sogensha / “Woodpecker Detective’s Office” Production Committee