“Ikebukuro West Gate Park” Anime Reveals 2nd PV, Additional Cast and October 6 Premiere

The TV anime adaptation of Ira Ishida’s (石田 衣良) 1998 award-winning mystery novel “Ikebukuro West Gate Park” (池袋ウエストゲートパーク) reveals the 2nd PV, additional cast and theme song details. The series will premiere on 6th October 2020.

The video also previews the opening theme song and the character voices as the video’s narrators.

THE PINBALLS performs the opening song “Needle Knot” (ニードルノット), while INNOSENT in FORMAL performs the ending song “after song.”

The series will stream on Amazon Prime before it airs on television, premiering on October 6 at about 24:15 (effectively, on October 7 at 12:15 a.m.). It will then air on Tokyo MX on October 6 at 24:30, and it will also run the AT-XSun TVKBS Kyoto, and BS11 channels.


It is set in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro ward, in the eponymous “Ikebukuro West Gate Park”, where crime and gang fight frequently happens.

The series revolves around 20-year-old Makoto, known as “Troubleshooter of Ikebukuro”, who frequently gets involved in highly dangerous situations, usually against his own judgment. Along for the ride are his best buddies Shun, Masa, and Takashi, the enigmatic leader of a local gang in Ikebukuro.

Staff and Production

  • Original Work: Ira Ishida’s (石田 衣良) Ikebukuro West Gate Park series【Bunshun Bungo/ Bungei Shunju Books】
  • Director: Tomoaki Koshida (越田知明)
  • Series Composition: Fumihiko Shimo (志茂文彦)
  • Character Design: Junichirō Taniguchi (谷口淳一郎)
  • Animation Production: Doga Kobo


  • Makoto – CV: Kentaro Kumagai (熊谷健太郎)
  • Takashi – CV: Kōki Uchiyama (內山昂輝)
  • Kyōichi – CV: Reiou Tsuchida (土田玲央)
  • Hiroto (ヒロト) – CV: Subaru Kimura (木村昴)
  • Isogai (磯貝) – CV: Natsuki Hanae (花江夏樹)
  • Masaru Taniguchi(谷口マサル) – CV: Chiaki Kobayashi (小林千晃)
  • Mitsuki Fujimoto (藤本ミツキ) – CV: Ayumu Murase (村瀬歩)
  • Minoru Tamotsu (ミノル・タモツ) – CV: Tarusuke Shingaki (新垣樽助)
  • Kurō (クロウ) – CV: Kensho Ono (小野賢章)
  • Saru (サル) – CV: Ryohei Kimura (木村良平)
  • Zero-One (ゼロワン) – CV: Junichi Suwabe (諏訪部順一)
  • Shadow (シャドウ) – CV: Kenjiro Tsuda (津田健次郎)
  • Reiichirō Yokoyama (横山礼一郎) – CV: Takahiro Sakurai (櫻井孝宏)
  • Yoshioka (吉岡) – CV: Nobuyuki Hiyama (檜山修之)
  • Makoto’s mother – CV: (甲斐田裕子)

The anime’s premiere has been delayed to October due to the effects of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the production. The anime was previously scheduled to premiere in July.

Sources: Ikebukuro West Gate Park anime’s websiteComic Natalie

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