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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 11 have been released.
In addition, the inner jacket illustrations for the Blu-ray Box volumes 1 & 2 have also been revealed.
Episode 11: The Test Begins
Getting a van from Juichi, Maru and Kiruko continue their journey to the facility in Ibaraki. Meanwhile, the Academy welcomes in wave of new elementary-age students. Mimihime notices that one of these students, a young girl named Ohma, is all alone. Mimihime calls out to her, but Ohma declares, “I cause nothing but trouble for others.” Elsewhere, Sawatari is troubled by what the Director has in mind.
[Episode 11 Staff]
Scenario: Ikumi Nomura
Storyboard: Yūjirō Moriyama
Unit Director: Yūjirō Moriyama
Animation Directors: Ema Suzuki, Yūjirō Moriyama, Izumi Yū, Haruo Okuno, Kazuchika Kise, Ryōta Niino, Mayu Gushiken, Akio Kawamura, Yasutaka Kubota, Mariko Komatsu
[Featuring character designs by utsushita_mina, newly-drawn illustrations that will be featured on the inner jackets of volumes 1 and 2 of the Blu-ray Box have been revealed!]
[First Volume Inner Jacket]
[Second Volume Inner Jacket]
[First Volume Outer Case]
With the first volume on sale August 30 (Wed) and the second volume on sale September 27 (Wed), newly-drawn illustrations with character designs by utsushita_mina will be featured on the inner jackets of each volume’s Blu-ray Box. In addition to the anime art decorating the jackets, a 100-page booklet featuring a newly-produced manga by Masakazu Ishiguro will also be included, as well as cast and staff audio commentary for each episode, among other extras. Please see the anime’s official site for more details (please note the website is in Japanese):
▶TV Anime Heavenly Delusion Official Site Blu-ray Info Page
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
UHF Television Yamanashi from May 21, airing every Sunday from 24:50
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!