The anime shows the war’s events through the perspective of Biwa, a young girl who makes a living as a traveling musician. Though blind, Biwa is gifted with the ability to see the future. She meets Taira no Shigemori, one of the patriarchs of the powerful Taira family, and tells him about the prophecy that may change the future of his clan. The Heike Story 2021 (Heike Monogatari, 平家物語) anime for free.
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The Heike Story 2021
Before Watching The Heike Story, Here is Everything You Need to Know:
A young orphan named Biwa is taken in by the powerful Taira Clan—also known as the Heike—after their leader witnesses her extraordinary psychic abilities. Unfortunately, what she predicts is a future of bloodshed, violence, and civil war. The Heike Story is based on Hideo Furukawa‘s Heike Monogatari novel.
To begin with, this main character doesn’t exist in the original story, which is actually a collection of oral tales told by the blind Biwa Houshi storyteller monks. They were compiled in written form in the 14th Century, and this series is loosely based on the translation by Furukawa Hideo (who also wrote the Heike-themed novel Yuasa Masaaki’s upcoming film Inu-oh is based on) – the first ever to present Heike Monogatari in modern Japanese.
In Japan, this is a very important series, where the source material is universally known and taught in schools. The two species of Japanese firefly are called the Heike and the Genji after the Taira and Minamoto clans (Heike and Genji are alternative Kanji readings). It must be said that this is “Heike Monogatari” – it’s the story of the Taira, not the Minamoto who battled them.
But the source material takes the form of a Buddhist parable, lessons on impermanence and arrogance and cruelty and forgiveness. It judges, but it doesn’t take sides. This anime can take many liberties (and already is) and still succeed, but that’s one element that it absolutely cannot twist around. That’s the third rail.
The director is Yamada Naoko, one of the great lions of Kyoto Animation. When one of those lions leaves KyoAni – especially now – that’s news. The writer is Yoshida Reiko, who should certainly need no introduction to anime fans as she’s one of the foremost writers in the industry.
The music (and ED) is by Ushio Kensuke, outside of anime known by the stage name of agraph, and one of the most respected composers in the medium. It’s a stellar group, and we know Science SARU is capable of great work. We also know they’ve been in the news for adverse working conditions, and the cratering of the Nihon Chinbotsu 2020 production is evidence it’s been happening for a while. In that sense, this show is a crapshoot.
The Heike Story Synopsis:
A young orphan named Biwa is taken in by the powerful Taira Clan—also known as the Heike—after their leader witnesses her extraordinary psychic abilities. Unfortunately, what she predicts is a future of bloodshed, violence, and civil war.
While I would obviously prefer it if Yoshida and Yamada had played it straight, they’ve chosen to recast the story around the original character of Biwa (Aoi Yuuki). She’s the daughter of a blind man, presumably a Biwa Houshi, who’s killed by the Kaburo – the roving band of Taira pageboys who roamed the capital searching for offenses against the clan.
She also has one blue eye which can see the future, something her father forbade her to do. That eye has seems the decline and fall of the Heike, which makes little sense given that they were at the height of power – dominating the imperial court, the military, and the provinces.
The Heike is centered around Taira no Kiyomori, the ambitious and fearless family head who shepherded the clan’s rise to power in the wake of their success suppressing the Hougen Rebellion. He’s planning to move to Fukuhara – present-day Kobe (about 30 minutes by Shinkansen but a day’s ride in the Heian Era) to build a deep-water port and expand the clan’s wealth and power through trade.
He’s also planning to build an audacious shrine on the water at Miyajima, which would become Itsukushima Jinja – now a hugely popular pilgrimage site and tourist attraction. He turns affairs in Kyoto over to eldest son Shigemori. He also has a roving blue eye – though there’s no historical record of that actually being the case.
Eventually, the orphaned Biwa turns up at the Taira estate in Kyoto – to gloat, perhaps – but Shigemori sees the bond between them and takes a shine to her. He takes her in as his ward alongside his four sons, the most important of which are the cultured eldest Koremori and second son Sukemori.
It’s he who sets off the event which many consider the start of the Heike’s declining fortunes by accidentally disrespecting the emperor’s regent, causing the regent to order him savagely beaten.
Shigemori is content to apologize and move on, but Kiyomori has other ideas and humiliates the regent and his men by surrounding their procession and forcing them to cut off their topknots. The emperor is unsurprisingly less than pleased.
Opening Theme of The Heike Story:
Ending Theme of The Heike Story:
Unified perspective by agraph feat. ANI (++SCHADARAPARR++ (スチャダラパー))
All Information about The Heike Story:
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Sep 16, 2021, to?
Duration: 22 min.
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A psychic orphan is taken in by the powerful Taira Clan. Unfortunately, what she predicts is a future filled with violence and civil war.
Hair Color: Black
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