The brand new anime series from studio GoHands, Hand Shakers has revealed a brand new trailer as well as two new key visuals, all showcasing the main cast.
The official website of Hand Shakers, the new original anime project from animation studio GoHands (K Project, Coppelion), production company Frontier Works, and publisher Kadokawa began streaming the following new trailer for the anime. The anime is set to air in January 2017.
Two new key visuals were also revealed on the website, most notably showing the main cast on Osaka’s famous Dōtonboribashi bridge:
Introducing The Cast of Hand Shakers
The cast of characters shown in the trailer and visuals consist of:
Sōma Saitō as Tazuna (left) and Sumire Morohoshi as Koyori (right) of Team Gear
Ai Kayano as Riri (left) and Ayumu Murase as Masaru (right) of Team Card
Sumire Uesaka as Chizuru (left) and Kaito Ishikawa as Hayate (right) of Team Shadow
Mikako Komatsu as Kodama (left) and Tomokazu Sugita as Hibiki (right) of Team Sword
Jun Fukuyama as Break (left) and Yōko Hikasa as Bind (right) of Team Chain
And finally, Showtaro Morikubo as Makihara
Other cast members with as of yet announced roles include Shintarō Asanuma, Yūsuke Kobayashi, Satomi Satou, Daisuke Namikawa, Sora Amamiya, Kenjiro Tsuda, Ai Kakuma, and Saori Hayami.
Voice actress Risa Taneda was listed in previous trailers but this latest one no longer lists her due to her going on hiatus in August to focus on medical treatment for an unspecified illness.
The Crew of Hand Shakers
GoHands, Frontier Works, and Kadokawa are all credited with the original work and in addition GoHands is also in charge of the original planning whilst GOON TRAX is composing the music. Hand Shakers is also the series fronting the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the ANIMATE chain of anime character goods stores.
The series staff is made up of:
- Director: Shingo Suzuki
- Series Direction and Composition: Kanazawa Hiromichi
- Chief Animation Directors: Takayuki Uchida and Makoto Furuta
- Character Designer: Takayuki Uchida
- Mech Designer: Hiroshi Okubo
- Prop Designer: Takahiro Kishida
- CGI Director: Takanori Kikuchi
The Story of Hand Shakers
Hand Shakers takes place in Osaka in “AD20XX,” and revolves around the Hand Shakers — partners who can summon “Nimrodes,” weapons born from their deep psyche by joining hands. In order to grant the pair’s wish, the Hand Shakers compete with and fight other Hand Shaker pairs. The top pair will then meet and challenge “God.”
The English text on the anime’s logo reads:
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.
So what do you think? Are you interested to check this show out? Finding the overly bright colours a turn off? Or do you think it will just be more style over substance? Let us know below.