Upcoming Summer 2018 anime Tsukumogami Kashimasu (We Rent Tsukumogami), based on Megumi Hatekenaka’s novel of the same name, has released a bunch of new information: a beautiful new key visual, additional cast members, and character introductions. It has also been revealed that famous kabuki actor Ainosuke Kataoka will be narrating the series.
The title will air in Japan on Mondays at 00:10 beginning on 23 July 2018.
Notetsu (VA: Toru Nara)
Notetsu is a bat-like netsuke tsukumogami (= miniature sculpture spirit). Notetsu has can fly at the Izumoya, moves around without Kiyoji and Obeni’s knowledge, and also gathers information. It’s difficult for humans to use for a certain reason.
Tsukuyomi (VA: Yutaka Nakano)
Tsukuyomi is a hanging scroll tsukumogami, whose full moon face glows through the dark night. Because he is proud of himself, he gives lectures and talks to others in a depressing way. Therefore, the other tsukumogami think he’s troublesome. There must be a reason for his high pride somewhere…
Goi (VA: Daisuke Hirakawa)
A tobacco pipe tsukumogami. When tsukumogami lively talk about rumors, Goi has the habit of trying to put these rumors together. However, there are many things that can’t be summarized. His previous owner, before coming to Izumoya, was a glamorous and beautiful geisha.
Ohime (VA: Satomi Akesaka)
Princess doll tsukumogami. Ohime is one of Izumoya’s highly priced items. She was stolen from her previous owner by a pirate and is said to have a history before finally reaching Izumoya.
Usagi (VA: Yuka Iguchi)
A bunny pattern comb tsukumogami. Usagi loves to talk and is the most talkative tsukumogami at Izumoya and unconsciously speaks about unnecessary things. Her feelings are straightforward, warm and passionate.
In addition to the above-mentioned information, we have also got hold of MIYAVI and Mai Kuraki’s comments.
Comment from MIYAVI
‘This anime has been made in consideration of how to portray Japan’s unique values like abjectness, modesty, and more. I think you can enjoy the used items that became spirits called tsukumogami and their worldview.’
Comment from Mai Kuraki
‘I am Mai Kuraki, the artist of the ending song. I have created the song to fit the story and imagined it to be a timeslip that takes place in Edo, which unfolds a story including love, tears, and youkai [laugh]. The time I wrote the lyrics, I wasn’t sure of which worldview I should use for them. So I seriously tried to listen carefully, in the hope the tsukumogami would whisper me a good phrase. I am excited to have the honor of seeing it every week!’
Summer 2018 | Anime Info
Official Website: http://tsukumogami.jp/
Official Twitter: @tsukumogamitv
The siblings Kiyoji and Obeni are the owners of Izumoya, a rental shop in Nakacho, Fukugawa in Edo. The rental shop rents from daily necessities and antiques to art objects. However, the handling tools in this Izumoya are slightly different from other shops. Among the items available to rent are Japanese spirits called ‘tsukumogami’, which are things which become sentient after 100 years of use. These spirits are lent to customers, listen to their stories and when they come back, they spread rumors. The kind and compassionate Obeni and Kiyoji are solving small and big problems with the help of the tsukumogami.
Toru Nara as Notetsu
Yutaka Nakano as Tsukuyomi
Daisuke Hirakawa as Goi
Satomi Akesaka as Ohime
Yuka Iguchi as Usagi
Ainosuke Kataoka as Narrator