The official website for the anime adaptation of Kanehito Yamada and Tsukasa Abe’s manga “Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End” (Sōsō no Frieren) has revealed an exciting new promotional video. This video, released on Friday, provides a sneak peek at the opening theme song titled “Yūsha” (Hero) by YOASOBI, as well as the ending theme song “Anytime Anywhere” performed by milet.
Mark your calendars for the grand premiere of the anime on September 29 at 9:00 p.m. JST (8:00 a.m. EDT), featuring a two-hour special. What makes this even more remarkable is that it will be the very first television anime series to debut within NTV’s “Kinyō Roadshow,” a Friday evening slot typically reserved for feature films. Following this extraordinary start, the subsequent episodes are set to air in October as part of NTV’s fresh anime timeslot.
The manga, licensed by Viz Media, lays out a captivating tale: While the adventure may have concluded, life’s journey continues for Frieren, an elf mage who is only just beginning to comprehend the essence of existence. Having triumphed over the Demon King alongside her valiant comrades, they’ve ushered in an era of peace. Yet, Frieren is destined to outlast her fellow adventurers by many years.
This story delves into her quest to grasp the meaning of life through the eyes of those around her. Several decades after their victorious feat, the funeral of a dear friend compels Frieren to confront her own near-immortality. Driven by this revelation, she embarks on a new quest—to fulfill the last wishes of her companions, thus embarking on a fresh adventure.
Taking on the role of the lead character and protagonist, Frieren, is the talented Atsumi Tanezaki, who is poised to breathe life into this remarkable journey.
The other cast members include:
- Nobuhiko Okamoto as Himmel
- Hiroki Touchi as Heiter
- Kana Ichinose as Fern
- Chiaki Kobayashi as Stark
- Yōji Ueda as Eisen
Keiichirō Saitō (Bocchi the Rock!) is directing the anime at Madhouse. Tomohiro Suzuki (ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept., One-Punch Man, Boogiepop and Others) is in charge of series scripts. Reiko Nagasawa (takt op. Destiny) is designing the characters. Evan Call (Violet Evergarden, Josee, The Tiger and the Fish, Muv-Luv Alternative) is composing the music.
Yamada and Abe launched the manga in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine in April 2020. The 11th volume will ship on September 15. Viz Media published the eighth volume on June 20, and it will publish its ninth volume on October 17. The manga went on hiatus from January 18 and resumed serialization on March 22.
The manga has won several awards, including the New Creator Prize for the 25th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2021 and the 14th Manga Taisho Award in 2021. In addition, the manga was nominated for Best Shōnen Manga for Kodansha’s 45th annual Manga Awards in 2021 and the 46th awards in May 2022. The American Library Association’s Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) included the manga in its top 10 list of 2022 Best Graphic Novels for Adults Reading List.
Source | Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End anime’s website