Date A Bullet 1st Anime Film Opens in Hong Kong on September 24
Hong Kong film distributor Neofilms announced last week that it will screen Date A Bullet: Dead or Bullet, the first film in the two-part theatrical anime adaptation of Yuichiro Higashide‘s Date A Live Fragment: Date A Bullet spinoff novels. The film will open in Hong Kong on September 24. Neofilms did not reveal if it has also licensed Date A Bullet: Nightmare or Queen, the second film.
Date A Bullet: Dead or Bullet opened theatrically in Japan on August 14. Date A Bullet: Nightmare or Queen will open in Japan on November 13.
Go Sakabe (Date A Live, Digimon Adventure tri.) is composing the instrumental song “Infermata” as the opening theme for the project. Luiza is performing the ending theme song “Only wish” for Date A Bullet: Dead or Bullet, and Sakabe is also composing and arranging the song.
The theatrical anime’s cast includes:
- Asami Sanada as Kurumi Tokisaki
- Saori Ōnishi as White Queen
- Kaede Hondo as Hibiki Higoromo
- Mariya Ise as Tsuan
- Rina Hidaka as Panie Ibusuki
- Asami Seto as Yui Sagakure
- Natsumi Fujiwara as Isami Hijikata
Jun Nakagawa (episode director for Killing Bites, Saki Episode of Side A) is directing the anime at Geek Toys (Plunderer, RErideD). Novel author Higashide (School-Live!, Fate/Apocrypha) is writing the script, and Naoto Nakamura (High School Fleet) is designing the characters. NOCO is credited with the original character designs.
Kadokawa published the first Date A Live Fragment: Date A Bullet novel volume in March 2017, and Kadokawa shipped the sixth volume on March 19. NOCO illustrates the novels.
Koushi Tachibana launched the main Date A Live light novel series in March 2011 with illustrations by Tsunako. Kadokawa‘s Fantasia Bunko imprint published the 22nd and final volume of the novels on March 19. The series has 6 million copies in print worldwide.
The first season of the Date A Live television anime adaptation aired 12 episodes and premiered in 2013. The second season aired 10 episodes and premiered in 2014. The Gekijōban Date A Live: Mayuri Judgment anime film opened in Japan in August 2015. The third season premiered in January 2019 and aired for 12 episodes. A fourth season is in the works.