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2020 Orphen Anime Gets New Theme Song Details


Orphen 2020 Anime VisualOn November 8, the official website for the 2020 Sorcerous Stabber Orphen anime updated with details on the show’s theme songs.

Showtaro Morikubo and the buzz★Vibes singing unit will perform opening theme song Calling U. Mai Fuchigami will perform closing theme Yoso Funo Days (Unpredictable Days).

Sorcerous Stabber Orphen will hit Japanese TV in January 2020.

Takayuki Hamana (The Prince of Tennis, Library War) will direct the project at Studio DEEN, with Takahiko Yoshida (Cells at Work!) providing character designs. Reiko Yoshida (Girls und Panzer, Violet Evergarden) is in charge of series composition.

The confirmed voice cast includes:

  • Orphen: Showtaro Morikubo
  • Dortin: Mai Fuchigami
  • Volkan: Marie Mizuno
  • Cleao Everlasting: Rumi Okubo
  • Majic Lin: Yūsuke Kobayashi
  • Childman: Daisuke Namikawa
  • Comicron: Rikuya Yasuda
  • Leticia: Shizuka Itou
  • Hartia: Taito Ban
  • Forte: Tomoaki Maeno
  • Azalie: Yōko Hikasa

Sorcerous Stabber Orphen VisualYoshinobu 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: Ota-suke

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