Oni: Thunder God's Tale Oni: Thunder God's Tale

Netflix has revealed first footage of its upcoming four-part event series Oni: Thunder God’s Tale from Berkeley, California-based Tonko House Inc.

The world of Oni is a world filled with Japanese mythological oddball gods and monsters. One of those creatures’ free-spirited daughters, Onari, is determined to follow in the footsteps of the mighty heroes from her favorite stories, except unlike those heroes she doesn’t have any great powers… yet. Over four episodes the young protagonist will learn if she has what it takes to fight to protect her peaceful village from the encroaching threat of the gods’ mysterious enemies, the Oni.

Netflix also unveiled the full voice cast for the series, which features Momona Tamada (The Baby-Sitters Club), Archie Yates (Jojo Rabbit), Craig Robinson (The Office), Tantoo Cardinal (Wind River), Brittany Ishibashi (Runaways), Omar Miller (8 Mile), Seth Carr (Black Panther), Anna Akana (Jupiter’s Legacy), Charlet Takahashi Chung (Overwatch), Miyuki Sawashiro (Kamen Rider Decade), Yuki Matsuzaki (Letters from Iwo Jima), Tonko House co-founder Robert Kondo, and George Takei (Star Trek).

“The story of a brave girl caught between two worlds divided is, at its core, not only a very personal story for me, but one that’s become personal for everyone involved, including our absolute dream cast,” said Tsutsumi. “Every one of these incredible talents from our dream list accepted with such passion and empathy for the story and collaborating with them has been equally humbling and inspiring. They’ve given souls to our characters and unparalleled performances for our animators.”

Oni: Thunder God’s Tale was created and is showrun by Dice Tsutsumi, who executive produces with Robert Kondo and Kane Lee. Sara K. Sampson produces and co-executive produces with Megan Bartel. The show’s screenplays were written by Mari Okada.

Netflix and Tonko House will be at this year’s Annecy Festival to host a work-in-progress presentation on Friday, June 17.