Satelight's Helck anime is coming to HIDIVE.
HIDIVE has acquired exclusive rights from Nippon TV to simulcast Helck as it airs in Japan. The timing of this announcement closely follows the unveiling of the series' first trailer and the full staff and cast list. In addition to Helck, the company has several other anime series lined up for Summer 2023. According to the streaming company's President, John Ledford, Helck is "just the first of many exclusive simulcasts that our subscribers - especially shōnen fans - can look forward to watching on HIDIVE this summer."
Helck takes place in a universe where Demons and humans each inhabit their own respective realms. The King earns his title in the Demon World by besting other demons in a tournament. During one of these tournaments, Vermilio, one of the Four Heavenly Kings, becomes livid when they discover that a human named Helck has illegally entered. However, before they can punish Helck, the castle of Demon King Ulm falls to an unknown usurper. Vermilio sets out the retake the castle with assistance from Helck and the other contestants. Before the newly formed group can depart, Helck declares, "Let's destroy humans," a bizarre statement that causes Vermilio to wonder about the character's true identity and ambitions.
The Cast and Crew Behind Helck
Tatsuo Sato (Bodacious Space Pirates) is directing Helck at Studio Satelight (Fairy Tail, Aquarion). Toshizo Nemoto (Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan's Island) and Mitsutaka Hirota (Hunter x Hunter 2011, Edens Zero) are collaborating to write the script. Eiji Iwase (No Game, No Life) is in charge of Art Direction, while Yoshinori Deno (Cerberus) designs the characters. Yoshihisa Hirano (Hunter x Hunter 2011) is composing the music. Katsuyuki Konishi (Fairy Tail, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba) and Mikako Komatsu (Is It Wrong To Try to Pick Up Girls In a Dungeon?) star as Helck and Vermilio, respectively. Additional key cast members include Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Mob Psycho 100) as Azudra, Akira Ishida (Gintama) as Hon and Shiki Aoki (Edens Zero) as Asta.
Nanaki Nanao's original Helck manga debuted in 2014 and was serialized on Shogakukan's Ura Sunday website and via the company's MangaOne mobile app. The series ran for twelve volumes before concluding in 2017. Helck found an audience soon after its launch; in 2015, it was named one of the Top 10 Titles at Kadokawa's Next Manga Awards.
Helck will debut in July 2023. The manga is available in English from Right Stuf Anime.