On Tuesday, the official website for the anime adaptation of Yugo Aosaki’s thrilling Undead Girl Murder Farce novels unveiled an exciting update: Sōma Saitō has been cast as Jack, the infamous figure known as “Jack the Ripper.” At a tender age of 15, Jack orchestrated a flawless crime spree in the streets of London. Now, his relentless pursuit takes him to Imperial China, where he seeks out Moriarty in hopes of obtaining a formidable vessel that would grant him monstrous transformation.
The anime is set to premiere on Fuji TV’s +Ultra lineup in July. Crunchyroll will simultaneously stream the series worldwide, except for Asia, alongside its Japanese broadcast.
Mamoru Hatakeyama, known for directing “Kaguya-sama: Love is War,” takes the helm as the anime director at Lapin Track. Joining him is Noboru Takagi, renowned for his work on “Golden Kamuy,” who handles the series composition. Noriko Itou, acclaimed for her character designs in “Kakegurui,” brings her talent to create captivating characters based on the original designs by Zerogo Iwamoto. Assisting in the sub-character design and serving as the chief animation director is Naho Kozono, known for her contributions to “Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation.” Yuma Yamaguchi, the composer behind “I’M KODAMA KAWASHIRI,” creates a mesmerizing musical score. Completing the team is Kazuhiro Wakabayashi, the esteemed sound director of “Bungo Stray Dogs.”
The novel series by Aosaki debuted in 2015, immersing readers in a gripping tale set in the late 19th century. The murder of a vampire’s wife prompts the call for the enigmatic detective known as the “cage user” to uncover the truth. However, this detective carries more than just a mysterious birdcage, as he himself may possess hidden secrets. When confronted with a case involving monsters, it often takes one to understand another.
The manga adaptation, licensed by Kodansha USA Publishing, faithfully captures the essence of Aosaki’s narrative. Haruka Tomoyama launched the manga in Kodansha’s Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine in June 2016, later moving to Nemesis magazine in June 2017, and finally finding its home on the Comic Days website in September 2018.