It looks like the Tower of Fang beckons once again…
Earlier today, and official website opened its doors to announce that Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (Majutsushi Orphen) will get a new anime TV series. The show, which is being produced to celebrate the franchise’s 25th anniversary, hits Japanese TV in 2019.
Yoshinobu Akita’s Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Haguretabi light novels launched in Fujimi Shobo’s Dragon Magazine in May 1994. The series ran through September 2003, and spans 20 volumes. A second series, Majutsushi Orphen Mubouhen ran in Dragon Magazine from 1996 – 2003, spanning 13 volumes.
The project received two anime TV adaptations in the 1990s.
The first series, Orphen, premiered in the Fall 1998 broadcast season, and ran for 24 episodes. Hiroshi Watanabe (Slayers – The Motion Picture, Hell Girl: Three Vessels) directed the series at J.C. Staff, with Masahiro Aizawa (Digimon: The Movie, Slayers Gorgeous) providing character designs.
A sequel, titled Orphen: The Revenge, debuted in Fall 1999. Toru Takahashi () directed the new season at J.C. Staff, with Masahiro Aizawa returning to provide character designs.
ADV Films originally released both titles in North America. Sentai Filmworks has since acquired the title. They describe Orphen as:
When the most prestigious university of magic in the land loses Orphen, their most talented student, they’ll do anything to get him back. Unfortunately for them, Orphen has bigger plans than majoring in spell casting – namely tracking down a mysterious dragon, the Bloody August.
Together with his young apprentice, a spoiled heiress, and two cranky trolls, Orphen must battle both the Bloody August and his old teachers, advanced sorcerers who posses frightening power and even more dangerous secrets! Experience the magic, the adventure, and the excitement that spawned the hit video game of the same name.
Source: Twitter (pKjd)