Kadokawa, TMS Entertainment, and Sammy Corporation have all teamed up for the High Card multimedia project, which is meant to include an anime, manga, novels, and drama CDs. The first drama CD will be released in December, and the anime, which will debut next year, has released an English-subtitled teaser trailer.
The teaser trailer tells us a little bit of what it’s about, but Kadokawa has also supplied this lengthier description:
“After discovering that his orphanage was on the brink of closing due to financial stress, Finn, who was living freely on the streets, set out for a casino with the aim of making a fortune. However, nothing could have prepared Finn for the nightmare that was awaiting him. Once there, Finn encountered a car chase and bloody shootout caused by a man’s ‘lucky’ card.
Finn will eventually learn what the shootout was about. The world order can be controlled by a set of 52 X-Playing cards with the power to bestow different superhuman powers and abilities to the ones that possess them. With these cards, people can access the hidden power of the ‘buddy’ that can be found within themselves.
There is a secret group of players called High Card, who have been directly ordered by the king of Fourland to collect the cards that have been scattered throughout the kingdom, while moonlighting as employees of the luxury car maker Pinochle. Scouted to become the group’s fifth member, Finn soon joins the players on a dangerous mission to find these cards.
‘All you need in life are manners, dignity, and the will to bet on your own life.’
However, Who’s Who, the rival car maker obsessed with defeating Pinochle, and the Klondikes, the infamous Mafia family, stand in the way of the gang.
A frenzied battle amongst these card obsessed players, fueled by justice, desire, and revenge, is about to begin!”
The anime is being directed by Junichi Wada of The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan, and the scripts are being written by Kenichi Yamashita, Kazuhiko Inukai, and Shingo Nagai.
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