The official website for Mini Toji, a television anime featuring mini versions of the characters from the previous Katana Maidens: Toji no Miko television anime and Toji no Miko: Kizamishi Issen no Tomoshibi smartphone game, began streaming the series’ second promotional video on Wednesday. The video previews the theme song “Kono Bangumi wa Ura Wakaki Kōmuin-tachi no Teikyō de Okuri Itashimasu” (This Program is Made Possible By Young Government Workers), performed by voice actresses Kaede Hondo (Kanami Etō) and Himika Akaneya (Mihono Asakura).
The anime will premiere on AT-X on January 5 at 25:55 (effectively January 6 at 1:55 a.m.). The anime will also air on Tokyo MX, BS11, and MBS. The series will get a single Blu-ray Disc release with a total of 11 episodes (episode 0-10). The Blu-ray Disc will ship on May 24 and will include a theme song CD.
Yuu Nobuta (High School Fleet) is directing the new anime at project No.9 (Angel’s 3Piece, Pastel Memories, Momo Kyun Sword), and Meme Meme’s Aoi Akashiro (Classroom of the Elite, Fuuka, Killing Bites) is in charge of the series scripts. Hiromi Ogata (Magic Kaito 1412) is serving as character designer and chief animation director.
The cast members reprising their roles from the previous Toji no Mikotelevision anime include:
- Kaede Hondo as Kanami Etō
- Saori Ōnishi as Hiyori Jūjō
- Azumi Waki as Mai Yanase
- Hina Kino as Sayaka Itomi
- Risae Matsuda as Kaoru Mashiko
- Eri Suzuki as Erin Kohagura
The cast members from the Toji no Miko: Kizamishi Issen no Tomoshibi game include:
- Himika Akaneya as Mihono Asakura
- Kaori Ishihara as Chie Setouchi
- Hiromi Igarashi as Kofuki Shichinosato
- Akane Fujita as Kiyoka Musumi
- Manami Numakura as Miruya Kitora
Studio Gokumi‘s original 24-episode television anime project Katana Maidens: Toji no Miko (The Shrine Maiden Swordwielders) premiered on January 5. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan, and Funimation debuted its English dub on January 21.
In the television anime’s story, since ancient times, shrine maidens who wield swords have been exorcising “aratama,” strange existences that threaten the human world. These young women who wear school uniforms and a sword are called “Toji,” and they serve as an official unit within the police force as a “special religious service police squad.” The government authorizes the Toji to wear swords and serve as government officials, and the government has set up five schools throughout the country for the girls to attend.
The girls live ordinary school lives, while occasionally performing their duties, wielding their swords and using various powers to fight and protect the people. In the spring, the five schools send their best Toji to compete in a tournament. As the tournament comes closer, all of the representatives rigorously train themselves in order to get stronger and improve their skills.
The Toji no Miko: Kizamishi Issen no Tomoshibi smartphone game launched for iOS and Android devices in Japan on March 19. Sakae Saito (Kantai Collection -KanColle- – Itsuka Shizuka na Umi de, Heavy Object S, Buddy Complex: Senjō no Coupling) launched a manga adaptation of the anime in Kadokawa‘s Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine on October 26.
A stage play featuring members of the idol group SKE48 ran in November.
Sources: Mini Toji anime’s website, Kadokawa Anime’s YouTube channel via Ota-Suke