Now, from my exposure to Japanese culture, I have come to like shrine maidens a fair bit – I think Touhou‘s Reimu Hakurei may have been a catalyst for that, even if her regular clothes aren’t exactly typical shrine maiden apparel.
I’ve always liked swords, so discovering that there’s going to be an anime about sword-wielding shrine maidens has certainly captured my interest.The studio who brought us Seiren, Yuki Yuna is a Hero and Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn – Studio Gokumi – has opened a website which reveals a new anime original project called Toji no Miko. They have also launched a Twitter account for the project.
Since ancient times, sword-wielding shrine maidens known as ‘toji’ have protected the human world from supernatural phenomena. In the modern age, the toji belong to a special police organisation that allows them to carry their swords.
Toji no Miko focuses on one of the girls, who wants to prove herself at the annual tournament where toji from five different schools gather to compete.
The staff for Toji no Miko is as follows:
– Director: Koudai Kakimoto (Cyborg 009 Call of Justice, unit director for Haikyu!!, Psycho-Pass)
– Series composition: Tatsuya Takahashi (The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn, Eromanga Sensei)
– Original character design: Yoshinori Shizumu (Grimoire of Zero light novel illustrator)
The series is being produced GENCO.
There are some phrases that will instantly sell me on a show, and ‘sword-wielding shrine maidens’ happens to be one of them. At the moment, the anime’s format is unknown, but I certainly will be keeping an eye out for updates about it.