Japan Media Arts Festival Overseas Promotion

Creator's File - Animation

No. 55


Born in Hiroshima Prefecture. She made her debut as a scriptwriter in 1993 and is active in a wide range of animation works. Her major works include The Cat Returns (directed by MORITA Hiroyuki, 2002), K-ON! the Movie (directed by Naoko Yamada, 2011), A Silent Voice (directed by Naoko Yamada, 2016), Okko's Inn (directed by KOSAKA Kitaro, 2018), Ride Your Wave (directed by YUASA Masaaki, 2019), Violet Evergarden: the Movie (directed by ISHIDATE Taichi, 2020), and Sumikko Gurashi the Movie: The Magical Child of the Blue Moonlit Night (directed by OMORI Takahiro, 2020). In the Writers Category of the Tokyo Anime Award Festival’s Anime of the Year, she won the Best Screenplay/Original Story award in 2014, 2017, and 2021.
© The Heike Story Project
© The Heike Story Project
© The Heike Story Project
The Heike Story
2021 / TV Animation / 19:50 (total of 11eps)
Original Work: “The Heike Story” published by Kawade Shobo Shinsha
translated by FURUKAWA Hideo

Director: YAMADA Naoko
Scenario: YOSHIDA Reiko
Character Creation: TAKANO Fumiko
Music: USHIO Kensuke
Animation Production: Science SARU
Character Design: KOJIMA Takashi
Art Director: KUBO Tomotaka
Director of Inbetween Animation: IMAI Shotaro
Color Design: HASHIMOTO Satoshi
Composite Director: IZUMITA Kazuto
Editing: HIROSE Kiyoshi
Sound Director: KIMURA Eriko
Sound Effects: KURAHASHI Hiromune
History Supervisor: SATA Yoshihiko
Biwa Supervisor: GOTO Yukihiro
This is the first TV anime adaptation of the great classic The Tale of the Heike, which was handed down by Biwa Hoshi, the traveling storytellers and had a great influence on literature and theater in later years. Some of the best creators in the industry based this adaptation on the overwhelming narrative style of FURUKAWA Hideo’s modern translation. At the end of the Heian period, the Heike clan is about to achieve prosperity in every aspect of political, military, and financial power. Taira no Shigemori, a man who can see the dead, meets a Biwa Hoshi, a girl named Biwa, who can see the future. Biwa prophesies that his clan will perish soon. Fifteen years of dramatic change in Japan's history, affecting everyone from aristocratic to samurai society, begin. A story of prayer bridging 800 years, lyrically depicting a great epic poem through the eyes of a young girl.