The team behind Gekijōban Collar×Malice Deep Cover, a two-part theatrical anime based on Idea Factory’s Otomate brand’s game Collar x Malice, unveiled the trailer for the second installment of the film on Monday.
The second installment of the film is set to premiere in Japan on June 23rd. As an exclusive treat for viewers, a unique story booklet crafted by Reiko Shima will be given to moviegoers as the initial weekly bonus accompanying the second part. Additionally, each screening of the films will feature special bonus footage prior to the start and after the conclusion, commencing from the fifth week since the debut of the first part of the movie.
The initial installment of the movie premiered on May 26 and achieved the highest position in the mini-theater chart during its debut weekend.
Hiroshi Watanabe, known for his work on anime series such as Hetalia The Beautiful World, The Law of Ueki, and Hell Girl: Three Vessels, takes on the directorial role for the upcoming anime at Studio DEEN. Collaborating with him is Sayaka Harada, responsible for the composition of the series. Yukiko Ban, under the guidance of Mai Hanamura’s original designs, takes charge of character design. Masaru Yokoyama showcases his musical talent as the composer. The music production and distribution for the film are handled by Avex Pictures. Kizu, the talented band, lends their voices for the theme song titled “Ningen×Shikkaku” (No Longer×Human). Additionally, they also deliver the captivating ending tracks, “Nemuranai Machi” (City That Never Sleeps) for the first film, and “Jūhachi” (EIghteen) for the second film.
The films star a returning cast from the game:
- Yuuki Kaji as Kei Okazaki
- Daisuke Namikawa as Takeru Sasazuka
- Ryohei Kimura as Kageyuki Shiraishi
- Hirofumi Nojima as Masanobu Mochida
- Sōma Saitō as Mineo Enomoto
- Takuya Eguchi as Kazuki Hoshino
- Yūki Ono as Yuzuru Saeki
- Ayaka Fukuhara as Kotoho Sakuragawa
- Hiroshi Yoshimura as Seiji Minegishi
- Ryōta Takeuchi as Hajime Morioka
- Yū Nagase as Yoshinari Hideaki
- Masakazu Morita as Aiji Yanagi
- Naoko Komatsu as Eriko Mukai
- Kousuke Toriumi as Rei Mikuni
Kaede Hondo lends her voice to the protagonist Ichika Hoshino, who was previously unvoiced in the original game. Katsuyuki Konishi provides the voice for Mitsuru Sowa, an original character created for the films.
The movies present an original narrative, exploring “another incident” that unfolds on the “other side” of the X-Day Incident.
Collar×Malice, as described by localization company Aksys Games, plunges you into a harrowing ordeal caused by a merciless terrorist group. The aftermath of their brutal attack leaves you marked with a perilous keepsake—a lethal collar that threatens your life with every passing moment. As the situation veers out of control and time slips away, five enigmatic strangers emerge to assist you in unraveling the truth. Amidst the shadows of doubt, whom can you place your faith in? Can you rescue both yourself and the soul of Shinjuku from the clutches of oblivion? Within a city entangled in malevolence, you stand as the sole beacon of hope, the last chance for salvation!
Otomate first launched the otome mystery visual novel, Collar×Malice, in Japan during August 2016. Aksys Games later released the English version in July 2017. Following suit, the Collar×Malice Unlimited fan disc, containing an interlude, sequel story, and three side stories, became available for PlayStation Vita in Japan in July 2018.
In March 2020, the bundled release of both Collar×Malice and Collar×Malice Unlimited for the Nintendo Switch occurred in Japan. Notably, the English version of Collar×Malice Unlimited was released in North America in August of the same year.