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‘High Card’ Anime Series Opening Theme and Characters Revealed

The new show from TMS Entertainment will kick off each episode with a tune from the band Five New Old.

High Card, an upcoming original anime series from TMS Entertainment Co., Ltd., has been slated for a January 2023 release, and now has its own opening theme song.

The series’ opening theme, entitled “Trickster,” is performed by Five New Old -- an international rock band known for its stage theatrics and the vocal stylings of its bilingual singer, Hiroshi. You can listen to it now in a newly-shared promotional video for High Card:

The story of High Card follows Finn Oldman (Gen Sato), an orphan who seeks to win a fortune at a casino and finds himself in a waking nightmare, caught up in a car chase and a bloody hail of bullets caused by one man’s “lucky” card. Finn soon learns why the shootout took place: The entire world order is controllable by a set of 52 X-Playing cards, which contain the power to bestow superhuman abilities to those who hold them. This discovery leads Finn to join a secret group of players called High Card, who work together to collect the cards that have been scattered throughout the kingdom of Fourland.

A new poster for High Card - highlighting the two-faced nature of the High Card members - was illustrated by the character designer and chief animation supervisor Nozomi Kawano. The promotional video also gives fans a taste of its art style, and shows Finn and his fellow High Card members at the center of some high-octane action.

Per TMS Entertainment, here’s some additional backstory on two characters from High Card, Bernard Symons and Theodore Constantine Pinochle:

Bernard Symons

CV: Kazuhiro Yamaji

High Card’s Handler and Administrative Staff at Pinochle’s Old Maid branch. He does everything from making tea, cleaning, performing car maintenance, and relaying information to and from the head office. He is also Leo’s caretaker.

Theodore Constantine Pinochle

CV: Daisuke Ono

The boss of High Card and the CEO of Pinochle, a company built upon tradition and formalities. His administrative skills are highly trusted by political and business establishments. Being a cool-headed man of few words, even his son Leo knows little about his past.”

High Card’s creative team includes director Junichi Wada and screenwriters Kenichi Yamashita, Kazuhiko Inukai, and Shingo Nagai. Haruna Nagata (Given) served as chief animation supervisor on the series, with Nozomi Kawano providing character designs.

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