Based on the popular otome game Collar x Malice, the anime film Collar x Malice: Deep Cover started streaming the main trailer that highlights the film’s original character, Mitsuru Sowa (CV: Katsuyuki Konishi). It looks like one of the game’s love interests Aiji Yanagi (CV: Masakazu Morita) knows Mitsuru, and their relationship seems to be more complicated than simple acquaintances.
The trailer also teases an intriguing narrative involving the illegal circulation of firearms and a series of mysterious deaths among bureaucrats, a hint of another incident unfolding behind the scenes of the central X-Day Incident. As Aiji Yanagi and Enomoto Mineo find themselves trapped, they are joined in their investigation by Inspector Mitsuru Sowa, who has a past connection with Yanagi from their days as police officers.
The anime’s first part is scheduled for release on May 26, followed by the second part on June 23.
▍About Collar x Malice
Collar x Malice is an Otome visual novel released in 2016 available globally on PSVita and Nintendo Switch. The story takes place in Shinjuku in the year 20XX. A series of violent incidents by the mysterious organization “Adonis” occur one after another in the city of Shinjuku. These incidents are known as the X-Day Incidents.
The game follows a rookie police officer, Ichika Hoshino caught by an unknown group, with a poisonous collar placed around her neck. As she begins to uncover the machinations of the group “Adonis” that are behind the scenes, she is met by Aiji Yanagi, Kei Okazaki, Mineo Enomoto, Takeru Sasazuka, and Kageyuki Shiraishi, each from different branches of the police force or ex-officers, all looking to help you uncover the mystery behind the X-Day Incident.
While the film Deep Cover is still based on the Collar x Malice work, the film doesn’t depict the events of the visual novel, but rather events parallel to it as it tells an original story of “another incident” occurring during the X-Day Incident investigations.
▍Collar x Malice: Deep Cover Anime Film Staff & Production
Original Story: Collar x Malice developed by Otomate (Idea Factory/Design Factory)
Director: Hiroshi Watanabe
Series Composition: Sayaka Harada
Original Character Design: Mai Hanamura
Character Design: Yukiko Ban
Art Director: Masakazu Miyake
Color Designer: Imari Katsuragi
Director of Photography: Kanae Ito
Editing: Yuki Koike
Music: Masaru Yokoyama
Music Production: Avex Pictures
Sound Director: Ryosuke Naya
Sound Production: Studio MAUSU
Animation Production: Studio Deen
Distributor: Avex Pictures
Production: Collar x Malice the Movie Production Committee
▍Collar x Malice: Deep Cover Anime Film Cast
■ Ichika Hoshino – CV: Kaede Hondo
■ Aiji Yanagi – CV: Masakazu Morita
■ Kei Okazaki – CV: Yuuki Kaji
■ Enomoto Mineo – CV: Souma Saitou
■ Takeru Sasazuka – CV: Daisuke Namikawa
■ Kageyuki Shiraishi – CV: Ryouhei Kimura
■ Masanobu Mochida – CV: Hirofumi Nojima
■ Kotoho Sakuragawa – CV: Ayaka Fukuhara
■ Yuzuru Saeki – CV: Yuuki Ono
■ Hideaki Yoshinari – CV: Yuu Nagase
■ Eriko Mukai – CV: Naoko Komatsu
■ Hajime Morioka – CV: Ryouta Takeuchi
■ Seiji Minegishi – CV: Kazuhiro Yoshimura
■ Kazuki Hoshino – CV: Takuya Eguchi
■ Rei Mikuni – CV: Kousuke Toriumi
■ Mitsuru Sowa – CV: Katsuyuki Konishi