The official website of the reality show series turned TV animation Run for the Money: The Great Mission (逃走中 グレートミッション) revealed a new key visual, main trailer, and additional cast members!
The opening theme song “Runaway World”, performed by the three-member pop band fhána was also previewed as the backing track to the new trailer. Though not heard in the trailer, the website also announced that Boys group AB6IX’s “Fly Away” will be used as the ending theme song.
Shown off alongside the trailer was a new key visual illustrated by manga artist Takeshi Okano who provided the original character design for the Run for the Money: The Great Mission anime. Okano is known best for his works on the Jigoku Sensei Nūbē manga series that ran from 1993 to 1999.
Run for the Money: Great Escape debuts in Japan on April 2.
▍Run for the Money: Great Mission 2nd Trailer
▍About Run for the Money Gameshow
For those not in the know, Run for the Money is a reality game show that has been broadcast irregularly on Fuji Television since 2004. The game is set as a survival escape game in which contestants can win prizes according to the time they elude the sunglass-wearing hunters in a limited area in the city, theme parks, shopping centers, and other locations.
Due to its thrilling storyline and popularity in Japan, the series has been broadcast on TV, adapted as a stage play, turned into a book, and produced and distributed as a Netflix series, among a wide range of other projects.
▍About Run for the Money: Great Mission
The ambitious anime take on the series was first announced in January and is set in the future, where humanity has migrated to the Moon due to Earth’s climate change. A major entertainment among the lunar colonies is the “On the Run” games produced by the all-powerful Chronos Corporation. It is said that those who complete the arduous tasks and escape unscathed by the pursuing android hunters will be rewarded handsomely, winning fame and riches.
A boy with outstanding physical ability, Souya Tomura, is led by fate to step into the survival game that he longs for. Transferred to an unprecedented and spectacular stage, Souya faces the threat of hunters and various other challenges as he and his fellow escapees, all of whom are full of eccentricities, begin to run for real to succeed in their escape.
▍Run for the Money: Great Mission Anime Staff & Production
Original Work: Run for the Money by Fuji Television Network
Director: Kōhei Kureta and Yukio Kaizawa
Series Composition: Tomohiro Nakayama
Original Character Design: Takeshi Okano
Character Design: Yōichi Ōnishi
Color Design: Kenji Fukuda
Art Director: Ayaka Kami and Kentaro Akiyama
3D Stage Design: Shōhei Tamura
Music: Kotaro Nakagawa
Animation Production: Toei Animation
Production: Fuji Television Network, Yomiko Advertising Inc., and Toei Animation
▍Run for the Money: Great Mission Anime Cast
*Note that English name romanizations are unconfirmed.
■ Sōya Tomura– CV: Shotaro Morikubo
■ Haru Tomura – CV: Yumiko Kobayashi
■ Luna Nishidōin – CV: Marina Inoue
■ Maurice Shoemaker – CV: Ryotaro Okiayu
■ Harvest – CV: Yu Shimamura
■ Satoshi Tsukimura – CV: Daisuke Namikawa