The staff of the television anime adaptation of Kanehito Yamada and Tsukasa Abe’s manga “Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End” (Sōsō no Frieren) announced two additional cast members on Saturday.
The anime is scheduled to debut with a special two-hour episode on September 29th at 9:00 p.m. JST (8:00 a.m. EDT). Remarkably, this marks the first-ever television anime series to premiere in NTV’s “Kinyō Roadshow,” a Friday evening programming slot typically reserved for feature films. Subsequent episodes of the anime will air in October as part of NTV’s new anime timeslot.
Viz Media holds the license for the manga and provides the following synopsis:
“The adventure has concluded, yet life continues for an elf mage who is just embarking on the journey of understanding what living truly entails. Frieren, the elf mage, and her valiant companions have vanquished the Demon King, bestowing peace upon the realm. Nevertheless, Frieren will endure long after her former comrades have passed on.
Hiroki Yasumoto as Qual
Atsuko Tanaka as Flamme
How will she grapple with the meaning of life as perceived by those around her? Many decades after their triumphant feat, the passing of a dear friend’s funeral compels Frieren to confront her own quasi-immortality. Thus, she embarks on a mission to fulfill her comrades’ final wishes, initiating a brand-new adventure…”
Taking on the role of the main character and titular figure, Frieren, is Atsumi Tanezaki.
The other cast members include:
- Chiaki Kobayashi as Stark
- Nobuhiko Okamoto as Himmel
- Hiroki Touchi as Heiter
- Kana Ichinose as Fern
- Yōji Ueda as Eisen
Keiichirō Saitō, known for “Bocchi the Rock!”, helms the anime at Madhouse. Tomohiro Suzuki, credited for works like “ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.” and “One-Punch Man,” takes charge of the series scripts. Reiko Nagasawa, recognized for “takt op. Destiny,” lends her talent to character design. Evan Call, celebrated for compositions in “Violet Evergarden” and “Josee, The Tiger and the Fish,” handles the music.
Opening with the powerful anthem “Yūsha” (Hero) is YOASOBI, while milet closes the show with the melodious “Anytime Anywhere.”
This manga boasts an impressive collection of accolades, including the New Creator Prize at the 25th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2021 and the 14th Manga Taisho Award in the same year.
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Furthermore, it garnered nominations for Best Shōnen Manga at Kodansha’s 45th annual Manga Awards in 2021 and the 46th awards in May 2022. Recognized for its excellence, the manga secured a spot on the American Library Association’s Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) top 10 list for the 2022 Best Graphic Novels for Adults Reading List.
Source | Comic Natalie