Earlier today, the official website for the 2020 Sorcerous Stabber Orphen anime updated with a new trailer, a key visual, and three cast members.
We break the details down below.
The two-minute trailer introduces the main cast members, and the core story, with character dialogue driving the main plot beats. Opening theme Calling U by buzz★Vibes kicks in as a background track at the 55-second mark.
The image features Orphen standing, sword drawn as he faces the camera. The secondary cast can be seen posing behind him.
The series will add the following:
- Wall Kallen: Kenjiro Tsuda
- Hydrant: Hiroyuki Yoshino
- Swain: Nobuhiko Okamoto
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen will air on January 7. The full premiere schedule is as follows (All times JST):
- AT-X: 1/7/2020 at 23:00 (1/7/2020 at 11:00PM)
- BS Fuji: 1/7/2020 at 24:30 (1/8/2020 at 12:30AM)
- Tokyo MX: 1/8/2020 at 22:00 (1/8/2020 at 10:00PM)
- WOWOW: 1/8/2020 at 24:00 (1/9/2020 at Midnight)
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.
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).
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
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: Comic Natalie