Overlap announced on Thursday that Doufu Mayoi and Kurogin’s Black Summoner (Kuro no Shōkanshi) light novel series is inspiring a television anime series that will premiere this year.
J-Novel Club has licensed both the novels and the manga adaptation, and is releasing both in English digitally. The company describes the story:
Waking up in a strange new place with no memories of his past life, Kelvin learns that he traded those same memories in exchange for powerful new abilities during his recent transmigration. Head into a whole new world as a summoner – with his first disciple being the very goddess who brought him! — Kelvin begins his new life as an adventurer, and it’s not long before he discovers his hidden temperament as a combat junkie. From the Dark Knight of the Ancient Castle of Evil Spirits to the Demon of the Sage’s Hidden Cave, he revels in combat against one fearsome foe after another. Join this OP adventurer in an exhilarating and epic saga as he and his allies fight their way through the annals of history!
The anime cast includes:
- Kouki Uchiyama as Kelvin
- Manaka Iwami as Efil
- Reina Ueda as Melfina
Yoshimasa Hiraike (Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, Sketchbook ~full color’S~, AKB0048) is directing the anime at Satelight and is also supervising the scripts for the series. Miwa Oshima (Ao-chan Can’t Study!, My Next Life as a Villainess: All Roads Lead to Death!) is designing the characters for the animation.
Mayoi began serializing the original story on the Shōsetsuka ni Narō website in October 2014, where it is still ongoing. Overlap published the first printed volume with illustrations by Kurogin (DIGS) in June 2016, and it will publish the 16th volume on February 25.
Gin Ammo launched the manga adaptation of the novels on Overlap’s Comic Gardo website in January 2018, and Overlap will publish the manga’s 12th compiled book volume on February 25. J-Novel Club released the seventh novel volume on January 11 and the fifth manga volume on January 26.