Ao Oni is based on a free horror game created by noprops. It was released on the internet in 2004, and Ao Oni-related videos posted on video sites such as NicoNico Douga have accumulated over 100 million views since 2009.
Writer Kenji Kuroda, known for the game Shin Kamaitachi no Yoru, and illustrator Karin Suzuragi of Higurashi no Naku koro ni novelized the game. It sold over 500 thousand copies.
Ao Oni the animation will feature a completely different story and cast of characters. Toshirou Hamamura will direct the 3D thriller. Takemaru Abiko, famous for his suspense novel series Hayami Sankyoudai, will write the screenplay. This will be his first script for an animation. Studio Deen will handle the production. The studio is no stranger to horror productions as it worked on Higurashi no Nakukoro ni and Hell Girl. The ending theme will be sang by Akiko Shikata (Umineko no Nakukoro ni.)
Five high school students live in a suburban city, close to mountains and forests. They are discussing the content of their presentation for their school’s cultural festival. They are members of a folklore study club at a school that is unique thanks to its western-style school building. They then find a book of folk tales that was created by their senior 40 years ago. They find out that the legend of a mysterious monster called ‘Kikyou Oni’ might be the origin of the popular free game Ao Oni. They decide to make their presentation on it.
Fortunately, the members are able to make an appointment with the creator of the free game Ao Oni, but soon the creator dies mysteriously.
The members think that something is off about the creator’s death and start investigating the incident by themselves but there is a secret they should not know about. There is a secret basement room in their school and something is confined in the underground prison.
Somehow a fire shutter closes and the members lose their way out of school. The new horror of Ao Oni starts here…
To be released in 2017
Original Work : noprops
Director : Toshirou Hamamura (3D director for Chaos Dragon Red Dragon, Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry)
Script : Takemaru Abiko (Kamaitachi no Yoru, Ningyo Series, Hayami Sankyodai Series)
Original Character : Kyuta Sakai (Higurashi no Naku koro ni, STEINS;GATE, Sankarea, Jinrui wa Suitaishimashita)
Character Design : Masaaki Sakurai
Art Board : Dagashi
Color Design : Chuo Higashiguchi
Title : Keita Amamiya
Music : Yanagida Shiyu
Music Production : Dax Production
Animation Production : Studio Deen (Higurashi no Nakukoro ni, Umineko no Nakukoro ni, Hakuouki, Jigoku Shoujo)
Ending Theme : Kakure Oni by Akiko Shikata ( PC game & TV anime Umineko no Nakukoro ni main theme, NHK drama Hanamoyu main theme & BGM)
Cast / Character
Kouji Manabe (CV: Ryouta Oosaka)
He is in his second year in high school and a member of the folklore study club. He is serious but a little clumsy. He is the manager of the club.
Junko Takashiro (CV: Eri Kitamura)
She is in her third year of high school. She is the head of the folklore study club. She is beautiful, wears glasses, and handles the members neatly.
Shouichirou Murakami (CV: Takahiro Mizushima)
He is in his second year in high school and is a member of the folklore club. He is Koji’s best friend. He is a casual, inspiring person.
Karin Minazuki (CV: Ayane Sakura)
She is in her first year of high school and she is a member of the folklore study club. She is an idol among members and loves monsters and ghosts.
Shou Konaka (CV: Shuta Morishima)
He is in his first year of high school and he is a member of the folklore study club. He is always quiet but he carries out all the missions he is entrusted with.
Fumihiko Tachibana (CV: Kenji Nojima)
He is a senior in high school. He is a handsome boy and attracts many girls. He is secretly studying the mysteries of chemistry.
Mifuyu Hatano (CV: Youko Hikasa)
She is a beautiful school nurse, liked by both boys and girls.
Kaoru Fujimoto (CV: Touchi Hiroki)
He is a history teacher and an advisor for the folklore study club. He lost his wife when he was young.