High Card Anime Reveals More Cast Members, Opening Song Artist – News

Kadokawa revealed more cast members for the anime of the poker-themed High Card multimedia project on Friday. The staff also previously announced the opening theme song artist. The new cast members include (Note: Character name romanizations are not official.):

Toshihiko Seki as Norman Kingstadt, the CEO of Who’s Who Inc., a high-tech car manufacturer. His charisma leads him to make frequent media appearances in his striking high fashion, yet he is also a talented manager. While seen as vain and immature, his straightforward nature is admired by those under him. While he treats his childhood friend Theodore as a rival, Theodore does not share the sentiment.

Shunsuke Takeuchi as Brist Blitz Broadhurst, one of Norman’s private secretaries and bodyguards. He is straight-laced, serious, and pragmatic to the extreme, constantly nagging Norman about overtime pay, hazard pay, and work regulations. He assists Norman in collecting cards, but has no passion for the cards himself, considering it strictly business.

Mie Sonozaki as Brandy Blumenthal, one of Norman’s private secretaries and bodyguards. While seemingly calm to the point of nonchalance, she makes sure any job started is a job finished. She thinks Norman would be a good CEO if not for his obsession with the cards, and while this frustrates her, Norman nevertheless has her respect.

The band FIVE NEW OLD will perform the anime’s opening theme song “Trickster.”

Previously announced cast members include:

Kadokawa describes the story:

After discovering that his orphanage was on the brink of closing due to financial stress,
Finn, who was living freely on the streets, set out for a casino with the aim of making a fortune.
However, nothing could have prepared Finn for the nightmare that was awaiting him.
Once there, Finn encountered a car chase and bloody shootout caused by a man’s “lucky” card.

Finn will eventually learn what the shootout was about.
The world order can be controlled by a set of 52 X-Playing cards
with the power to bestow different superhuman powers and abilities to the ones that possess them.
With these cards, people can access the hidden power of the “buddy” that can be found within themselves.

There is a secret group of players called High Card, who have been directly ordered by the king of Fourland
to collect the cards that have been scattered throughout the kingdom,
while moonlighting as employees of the luxury car maker Pinochle.
Scouted to become the group’s fifth member, Finn soon joins the players on a dangerous mission to find these cards.

“All you need in life are manners, dignity, and the will to bet on your own life.”

However, Who’s Who, the rival car maker obsessed with defeating Pinochle,
and the Klondikes, the infamous Mafia family, stand in the way of the gang.

A frenzied battle amongst these card obsessed players, fueled by justice, desire, and revenge, is about to begin!

Are you ready?

It’s Showdown!!

Publisher TMS, author Homura Kawamoto (Kakegurui franchise), his younger brother Hikaru Muno (Kakegurui novel) are credited with the original work, and Ebimo is credited as the original character designer.

The anime’s staff members are:

The anime will premiere in January 2023.

The project will ship its first drama CD volume on December 3. Publisher Kadokawa, anime studio TMS Entertainment, and entertainment company Sammy Corporation are presenting the poker-themed project. The companies previously revealed that the project will include anime, manga, and novels.

The High Card -♢9 No Mercy manga launched on Square Enix‘s Manga UP! service on August 31. The project’s original character designer Ebimo draws the manga.

Kawamoto and Muno also worked on the Build Dive -#00000 (Code Black)- television anime together as part of the Build Divide multimedia project with media company Aniplex, card game design company Yūhodō, and animation studio LIDEN FILMS.

Source: Press release

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