HiDive announced that they will release their first ever original anime co-production known as ‘Giant Beasts of Ars.’ They are developing the film alongside DMM with Asahi Production handling the animation. Sentai Filmworks will eventually develop an English dub.
They said on their website, “HIDIVE revealed a long list of announcements to fans during its industry panel event at this year’s Anime Weekend Atlanta. This included the action -adventure series GIANT BEASTS OF ARS, an original anime and HIDIVE’s first ever co-production, which will premiere in January during the company’s Winter 2023 simulcast season.”
The movie is directed by Akira Oguro, written by Norimitsu Kaihō, and Ashito Ōyari is handling the character designs along with Hiroshi Shimizu and Masato Kato.
Hina Yomiya of ‘My Dress-Up Darlin’ voices Kuumi. The rest of the cast includes Toshiyuki Morikawa (Ascendance of a Bookworm), Hiromu Mineta (Star Wars: Visions), Yōko Hikasa (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?), and Yū Serizawa (Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside).
HiDive celebrated the movie production on social media:
HiDive described the synopsis as follows,
“The great beasts created the land, but humans stole it. Angered, the beasts began eating humans, who in turn called upon the gods to fight the beasts. In the age of the sword, heroes and mythology, giant beasts are hunted by humans for profit. Jiro, who makes his living hunting beasts, encounters Kuumi, who is being chased by someone, and in that moment decides to save her. As rumors spread regarding humanity and a mysterious experiment, together they seek to discover the world’s secrets.”
The music is composed by Shūji Katayama and Akinari Suzuki.