Anime Spotlight - Lord Marksman and Vanadis

by Anthony Foronda,

Broadcast Begins October 2014 (JST)

Introduction

This is a story leading to a hero –.

Introduction: Series total surpassed 800,000 copies in print! The leading authentic war story fantasy in MF Bunko J's lineup finally turns into a TV anime!

Tigrevurmud Vorn, the young lord of a remote region far from the kingdom's center, is commanded by the king to go fight the war against a neighboring country. The leader of the enemy is Eleonora Viltaria, one of the seven Vanadis given supernatural arms from a dragon. The moment when an archer boy and the silver-haired beautiful war maiden meet, it is the beginning for the legend of a that will be told for generations to come.

Story

The quibbles between the kingdoms of Brune and Zhcted was petty at first, but escalated into full-fledged war. Brune decides to send 25,000 troops into Zhcted, led by Prince Legnas. Zhcted had to counter this invasion with 5,000 troops, led by Eleonora Viltaria, one of the seven Vanadis ruling over the principality of Leitmeritz that neighbors Brune. Looking at the 25,000 from Brune against the 5,000 of Zhcted, the outcome should have been more obvious than staring at fire.

However, Count Tigrevurmud Vorn, who entered the ranks to fulfill his duty as a nobleman of Brune, witnesses something truly horrific at Dinant Plains where the two armies met. It was the immense power that the Vanadies wield with supernatural arms given to them from a dragon.

This is the beginning of the legendary tale where one boy is guided into a hero, starting when Tigrevurmud Vorn, the young lord of a remote area of Brune named Alsace, meets a war maiden that is the pride of Zhcted.

Characters

Tigrevurmud Vorn
VA:Kaito Ishikawa

“I will win against you! In order to protect my people!”

The young earl that resides over Alsace, a remote region located in the north end of the kingdom of Brune. He spent all his time hunting from when he was young, as Alsace was full of nature, resulting in his supreme skills when wielding a bow and arrow. His skills allow him to precisely shoot something 300 alsins(where 1 alsin is roughly 1 meter) away when most people's archery limits are said to be 250 alsins. He cannot wield any weapon other than bow-and-arrow, and naturally always has strategies ready to make full use of his archery skills. However, in the kingdom of Brune, archers are often looked upon with disdain and mocked that bows are weapons only for cowards, thus not allowing him to be recognized for his skills. His feelings for his homeland and governing territory Alsace and the citizens of the territory are very high. On the other hand, he claims his hobbies to be napping and hunting, and has no ambition whatsoever.

Titta
VA:Sumire Uesaka

“Lord Tigre, you are the commander, so please make sure to get some rest.”

A servant girl in charge of assisting Tigre at the Vorn estate. A childhood friend of Tigre, she has lived with him as if she was family, and their ties go beyond master and servant into something more like siblings. Originally, she was the daughter of a priestess, and had been training to become a priestess herself, but because she had visited her aunt often while she was working at the region lord's estate, she had become well-acquainted with Tigre. She is the only servant to be working at Tigre's mansion 24/7, and she is in charge of everything about him.

Eleonora Viltaria
VA:Haruka Tomatsu

“All right. From right now, you are mine.”

One of the seven Vanadis that is the pride of Zhcted. She became a Vanadis after being chosen by Arifal, the long-sword that controls the wind, and soon after the lord of Leitmeritz. From her figure that dances across the battlefield like the wind, her alias is Silvfrah(Wind Princess of Silver Light). As she used to be a mercenary, she is not too particular about positions and social status, and has people close to her call her “Elen”. That did not chage for Tigre who came after her own life during the battle of Dinant Plains; she tried to bring Tigre in as her vassal after being charmed by his absolutely amazing archery skills.

Limalisha
VA:Yuka Iguchi

“Really... how can you sleep so soundly as a captive?”

Elen's most trusted confidante and aide. Nicknamed “Lim”. She has known Elen from before she was chosen as a Vanadis. Having a strict, serious personality, she never calls Tigre – even Elen – by their nicknames. Always supporting Elen as her right-hand woman both in the palace and on the battlefield, yet never can find enough lectures to give to the freewheeling Elen. She loves plush bears such that she names and takes good care of them; but keeps that adoration a secret out of embarrassment.

Sofya Obertas
VA: Ai Kayano

“This is the first time a man has embraced me; it was rather surprising.”

One of the seven Vanadis that is the pride of Zhcted. Lord of the principality of Polesia. Wielder of Zaht, the staff that controls light, and her alias is Bresuvet(Gleaming Princess of Light Flowers). A beautiful and bright woman, she normally has a soft demeanor and a calm air around her. As the older one, it is not uncommon for her to come mediate between Elen and Mila as they quarrel often. She often heads out to various nations as a special envoy, and is knowledged in all sorts of information. She loves dragons, and cherishes the baby dragon Lunie that Elen is raising. Her nickname is “Sofy”.

Ludmila Lourie
VA:Mariya Ise

“I want you to satisfy me with the method you find fit.”

One of the seven Vanadis that is the pride of Zhcted. Lord of the principality of Olmutz, located south of Leitmeritz. Wields Lavias, a spear that controls ice, and her alias is Michelia(Snow Princess of Repeated Freeze). The position of Vanadis is normally not hereditary, but the Lourie clan is an uncommon family in that they have held onto the position for three generations. As a result, she has grown up receiving education fit to become a Vanadis, which makes her irreconcilable against Elen who suddenly became a Vanadis from a mercenary. Likes tea (chai) with jam, and it is her hobby to brew her own tea. Her nickname is “Mila”.

Cast

Tigrevurmud Vorn
Kaito Ishikawa
Eleonora Viltaria
Haruka Tomatsu
Titta
Sumire Uesaka
Limalisha
Yuka Iguchi
Ludmila Lourie
Mariya Ise
Sofya Obertas
Ai Kayano
Alexandra Alshavin
Mikako Komatsu
Elizaveta Fomina
Yu Kobayashi
Valentina Glinka Estes
Hitomi Harada
narrator
Jurota Kosugi
and others

Staff

Original story
Tsukasa Kawaguchi (MF Bunko J “Madan no Oh to Vanadis / published by KADOKAWA Media Factory)
Original character ideas
Yoshi☆wo
Nobuhiko Yanai
Hinata Katagiri
Director,series supervisor,screenplay
Tatsuo Sato
Character design, chief animation director
Yosuke Kabashima
Sub character design
Mariko Ito
Prop design
Sachiko O-hashi
Hiyori Denforword Akishino
Design works
Hiroyuki Taiga
Hirotsugu Ishikawa
CG Producer
Tomisaburo Hashimoto
CG Director
Yuta Hatayama
Art supervision
Vincent Nghiem
Art director
Masatoshi Kai
Art
Studio KAIMU
Color coordinator
Aiko Shinohara
Filming director
Atsushi Iwasaki
Filming
T2 Studio
Editing
Gō Sadamatsu
Music
Masaru Yokoyama
Nobuaki Nobusawa
Music production
KADOKWAWA (Media Factory)
Sound director
Satoshi Motoyama
Animation production
SATELIGHT
Production
Madan no Oh to Vanadis Production Committee





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