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Heavenly Delusion is a sci-fi adventure manga written and illustrated by Masakazu Ishiguro (also known for Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru) and serialized via Kodansha’s “Afternoon”. The series became popular at an extraordinary pace once serialization started in 2018, and in December of that same year it ranked first in the male edition of “Kono Manga ga Sugoi! 2019”. The series has maintained its popularity to the present day and 8 volumes of the work have been published, and the animation production is being handled by Production I.G (known for other popular sci-fi anime including the PSYCHO-PASS series and Ghost in the Shell).
Heavenly Delusion is currently airing every Saturday on TOKYO MX/MBS and other networks, and the scene previews (6 in total) and synopsis for episode 4 have been released.
Episode 4: Kuku
Kuku takes Tokio to see the babies. They see strange adults and rooms, as well as faceless infants… A confused Tokio asks if this is what “outside the outside” means, but then their presence is detected and an alarm sounds.
Elsewhere on a ship, Maru and Kiruko face down a Hiruko in the form of a fish and the two of them have nowhere to run. Facing a foe that seems immune to her “Kiru-Beam” gun, Kiruko devises an alternate strategy.
[Episode 4 Staff]
Scenario: Makoto Fukami
Storyboard: Takashi Ohtsuka
Battle Scenes Storyboard: Asuka Suzuki
Unit Director: Takashi Ohtsuka
Animation Director: Asuka Suzuki, Minoru Ueda
Assistant Animation Director: Ai Watanabe, Sae Fukushima, Hana Okutani
TV Anime Heavenly Delusion
In 2024, the world was devastated.
Fifteen years have passed since this unprecedented catastrophe.
A devastated Japan is haunted by man-eating monsters known as “Hiruko”, and people live huddled together in groups.
Kiruko works odd jobs in Nakano, Tokyo, and one day she receives a mysterious request from a woman.
“Take this child to Heaven…” she says with her dying breath, entrusting the young boy Maru to her.
Maru tells Kiruko “There’s somebody in Heaven with the same face as me,” but without any additional information to go on, the two of them set off in search of Heaven.
Elsewhere, there are children living in a beautiful place isolated from the outside world. At this facility, the children are accompanied by the school’s director as well as kind teachers, and they live a serene life together within the walls. One day, however, Tokio receives a strange message that says “Do you want to go outside of the outside?”
“A world exists outside this place?” He wonders.
Tokio is puzzled by the question, and he eventually starts feeling uneasy about the everyday life he’s become accustomed to…
[Broadcast & Streaming Info]
TOKYO MX from April 1, airing every Saturday from 22:00
RKB Mainichi Broadcasting from April 1, airing every Saturday from 26:00
TV Aichi from April 1, airing every Saturday from 26:25
Hokkaido TV from April 1, airing every Saturday from 26:35 *First time only 26:00
MBS from April 1, airing every Saturday from 26:38
BS11 from April 1, airing every Saturday from 22:00
AT-X from April 3, airing every Monday from 23:00 *Reruns: Airing every wednesday from 11:00 / every Friday from 17:00
RKK Kumamoto Broadcasting from April 14, airing every Friday from 26:23
IBC Iwate Broadcasting from April 17, airing every Monday from 25:28
Available to stream worldwide exclusively via Disney+ (excluding mainland China)
Original Creator: Masakazu Ishiguro “Heavenly Delusion” (Serialized in Kodansha “Afternoon”)
Director: Hirotaka Mori
Series Composition: Makoto Fukami
Character Designer: Utsushita (Minakata Labo)
Hiruko Designer: Ryōta Furukawa
Prop Designer: Maho Tomisaka, Jōji Sawada
Firearms Designer: Akira Takata
Mechanical Designer: Shinobu Tsuneki
Color Design: Izumi Hirose
Art Director: Yūji Kaneko
Art Design: Brunet Stanislas / Osamu Ii, Mizuka Ueda, Akihiro Hirasawa, Takeyuki Takahashi
3D: directrain, IG3D, 5(five)
Motion Graphics: Hiromu Ohshiro
2DW: CAPSULE, Akiko Hamanaka
Camera Director: Kentarō Waki
Editor: Kumiko Sakamoto
Sound Director: Eriko Kimura
Music: Kensuke Ushio
Opening Theme: BiSH “innocent arrogance”
Ending Theme: ASOBI Doumei “Daremo Karemo Dokomo Nanimo Shiranai”
Animation Production: Production I.G
Production: Heavenly Delusion Production Committee
Maru: Gen Satō
Kiruko: Sayaka Senbongi
Robin Inazaki: Kazuya Nakai
Tokio: Hibiku Yamamura
Kona: Toshiyuki Toyonaga
Mimihime: Misato Fukuen
Shiro: Shunsuke Takeuchi
Kuku: Tomoyo Kurosawa
Anzu: Misato Matsuoka
Taka: Yūki Shin
Director: Masako Isobe
Sawatari: Tadashi Mutō
Aoshima: Atsumi Tanezaki
[Original Work Info]
Currently being serialized via Kodansha’s “Afternoon”! (released around the 25th each month)
Manga: Volumes 1~8 now available!
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(c) Masakazu Ishiguro・Kodansha / Heavenly Delusion Production Committee