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Toei Animation Shares Trailer for Game Show-Based Tosochu: The Great Mission Anime

The Japanese game show run for money Tōsōchū (also referred to as Run for the Money in English) started in 2004 and has proven itself quite popular. As a result, it is getting its own anime adaptation with the title Tōsōchū: The Great Mission. Ahead of its April 2 debut a trailer has dropped, and in it you can hear the opening theme song “Runaway World” being performed by fhána (along with over-the-top narration consistent with a Japanese game show).

You don’t hear it in this trailer, but the ending theme song is called “Fly Away” and performed by AB6IX.

It’s being made at top studio Toei Animation, with both Yukio Kaizawa and Kōhei Kureta working as directors. Kaizawa has a background working on Digimon Tamers and Kureta is known for working on One Piece. The music is being composed by Kotaro Nakagawa of Code Geass. The task of art setting goes to Kenji Fukuda.

The anime takes place sometime in the future with humans living on the moon since Earth has become inhospitable because of global warming. It’s been described as a “human drama of survival” and it has different nations and time periods mixed together, so you’ll see some references to London as well as Shibuya in Tokyo and the Edo period (1603 to 1867) in Japan.

The original game show, run for money Tōsōchū, has people running around places like shopping centers and theme parks, while “hunters” chase them. Though it hasn’t aired consistently, it has enough of an audience that the game show has also received such things as a Netflix release, publications and stage shows.

Here is what we know about the cast: Showtaro Morikubo plays Sōya Tomura, Yumiko Kobayashi plays Haru Tomura, Marina Inoue plays Luna Nishidōin, Ryotaro Okiayu plays Maurice Shoemaker, Yu Shimamura plays Harvest, and Daisuke Namikawa plays Satoshi Tsukimura.

Source: ANN


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