The action-fantasy anime ‘Helck’ has found a North American distributor with the HiDive streaming service. Starting on July 11th, 2023, the series will stream for fans to enjoy.
“If someone told you there was a job opening for “Demon Lord,” would you take it? We’d imagine the benefits would be phenomenal, but the job security sounds a little iffy. Think you have what it takes regardless,” HiDive said on their website.
Directed by Tatsuo Sato, the anime is being produced by Satelight, character designs are done by Yoshinori Deno, and the music is being composed by Yoshihisa Hirano. It will debut in Japan on Nippon TV and BS NTV.
Protagonist and titular character Helck is voiced by actor Katsuyuki Konishi (Full Metal Panic, Fairy Tail) with Mikako Komatsu (Gundam Build Fighters, Classroom of the Elite) voicing Vermilio.
The television show is based on a manga written and illustrated by Nanaki Nanao. It was published by Shogakukan from 2014 to 2017 and was serialized in their ‘Ura Sunday MangaONE’ magazine. Viz Media acquired the license to release the manga in the United States.
You can watch the trailer below:
AniList describes the synopsis as follows,
“A certain country in the demon world. The Demon King was defeated by the hands of one of the heroes, and a competition was held for the title of the New Demon King. The Imperial Four Heavenly Kings Vermilio, who is in charge of the tournament, is furious at the participation of the human hero Helck, who is supposed to be her enemy. After receiving news of the fall of the castle of Urum before the final, Vermilio sets out to retake Urum Castle with Helck and other finalists. With a smile, Helck says, “Let’s destroy humans.” Are those words true? The truth behind the smile is…”
Nanao has also written two spin-off manga including the 2018 release ‘Piwi: Fushigi na Ikimono’ and 2020’s ‘Völundio: Divergent Sword Saga.’
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