The anime takes place in Osaka in “AD20XX,” and revolves around the Hand Shakers — partners who can summon “Nimrodes,” weapons born from their deep psyche by joining hands. In order to grant the pair’s wish, the Hand Shakers compete with and fight other Hand Shaker pairs. The top pair will then meet and challenge “God.”
The cast includes:
Team Gear: Sōma Saitō as Tazuna (left) and Sumire Morohoshi as Koyori (right)
Team Card: Ai Kayano as Riri (left) and Ayumu Murase as Masaru (right)
Team Shadow: Sumire Uesaka as Chizuru (left) and Kaito Ishikawa as Hayate (right)
Team Sword: Mikako Komatsu as Kodama (left) and Tomokazu Sugita as Hibiki (right)
Team Chain: Jun Fukuyama as Break (left) and Yōko Hikasa as Bind (right)
Showtaro Morikubo as Makihara
Sora Amamiya as Musubu Takatsuki
Shintarō Asanuma as Tazuna’s Father
Satomi Satou as Tazuna’s Mother
Yūsuke Kobayashi as Tomoki Tachibana
In addition, Daisuke Namikawa will play the Voice of God. Cast members with as-yet unannounced roles include Kenjiro Tsuda, Ai Kakuma, and Saori Hayami.
GoHands is in charge of the original planning, and GOON TRAX is composing the music. GoHands, Frontier Works, and Kadokawa are all credited with the original work.
OxT (Overlord) is performing the anime’s opening theme song “One Hand Message.” Masayoshi Ōishi is playing the accoustic guitar on the song, while [email protected] is playing the electric guitar. Akino Arai will perform the ending theme song “Yume Miru Ame” (Dreaming Rain). The CD single for “One Hand Message” will ship on January 25, while the single for “Yume Miru Ame” will ship on February 22.
The anime will premiere on January 10 at 24:30 (effectively January 11 at 12:30 a.m.) on Tokyo MX, and will also then air on MBS, TV Aichi, and BS11. A special advanced screening of the first four episodes titled “A Road to Be Hand Shakers” premiered in Osaka on Sunday, with subsequent screenings in select theaters in Japan.
The tagline on the key visual on the show’s website reads, “protect it, with these hands.” The key visual depicts Osaka’s famous Dōtonboribashi bridge.
The English text on the anime title logo reads:
They, the receivers of the Revelation of Babel. They, the challengers to God.
They, who inevitably throw themselves into battle with their partners. What does God want from them?
And did they want powers exceeding that of Gods? The chosen ones, their souls linked,
join hand and hand for the Ziggurat where the fighting shall ensue.
The anime is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the ANIMATE chain of anime character goods stores.