The official website for Bikkuri-Men, Japan-based confectionery maker Lotte‘s new anime based on its Bikkuri-Man line of wafer snacks, unveiled the anime’s promotional video for its 14 characters, new key visual, more staff members, and October 5 premiere on Thursday.
The newly announced staff are:
The anime will premiere on the Tokyo MX channel on October 5 at 11:30 p.m. JST (10:30 a.m. EDT), then on BS Asahi on October 6 at 11:00 p.m. JST.
The anime’s cast includes:
Lotte is credited for the original work, and Shaman King manga creator Hiroyuki Takei is drafting the original characters and mechanic design.
Tomohiro Tsukimisato (How Clumsy you are, Miss Ueno, Anime Kapibarasan) is directing the anime at Shinei Animation and Lesprit. Yuniko Ayana (BanG Dream!, The Idolm@ster SideM) is in charge of series scripts, Ayano Ōwada (How Clumsy you are, Miss Ueno) is designing the characters, and Yasuhiro Misawa (Hinamatsuri, How Clumsy you are, Miss Ueno) is in charge of music. Dannie May performs the opening theme song “Collection,” and the anime’s cast including Daishi Kajita, Shūta Morishima, and Tatsumaru Tachibana perform the ending theme song “Seishun☆Whatcha Gonna Do.”
The new anime will feature characters who appear on the collectable stickers packaged with the snacks. The story is set in a world where the value of Bikkuri-Man stickers are so high that they have to be transported in a cash transport vehicle. There was also the famous robbery case one year ago, called the “300 million Bikkuri-Man sticker case.” One day, a high-school delivery part-timer named Yamato gets involved in a battle over stickers between two competing convenience stores. The Angel Mart owned by the Phoenix store manager is famous for its easy-to-use glitter stickers. The Devil Store across the street also tries to attract Bikkuri-Man fans to their store. Former comrades are divided into allies and foes, and the battle of destiny begins.
The anime’s announcement coincided with “Bikkuri-Man Day” in Japan on April 1. Bikkuri-Man snacks became a huge success in Japan since their 1977 launch, and they have inspired various tie-ins, including five television anime and two films. The original Bikkuri-Man television anime premiered in 1987.
Sources: Bikkuri-Men anime’s website, Mainichi Shimbun’s Mantan Web