Maō-sama, Retry! Fantasy Light Novels Get 2019 TV Anime
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Author Kurone Kanzaki's blog on the "Shōsetsuka ni Narō" (Let's Become Novelists) website announced on Wednesday that a television anime adaptation of the Maō-sama, Retry! (Dark Lord, Retry!) light novel series has been green-lit for next year.
The story centers on Akira Ōno, a regular guy who works at a company that manages an online game. He often plays the game as his character "M.A.O" (Dark Lord). But one day, when he logs on, he is whisked into the game's fantasy world as his character. There, he meets a one-legged girl, and begins his adventures alongside her. But as he is a powerful "Dark Lord," various nations and holy maidens journey to defeat him, and he stirs up trouble everywhere he goes.
Kanzaki published the story on the "Shōsetsuka ni Narō" (Let's Become Novelists) and Hameln websites from October to December 2016, and published a new side story chapter unconnected to the main story on Wednesday — the same day as the anime announcement. Futabasha began publishing the story in light novel volumes with illustrations by Kōji Ogata in June 2017, and it published the third volume on March 30. Amaru Minotake launched a manga adaptation of the story last October in Futabasha's Web Comic Action site, and Futabasha published the manga's second compiled book volume on August 30.
Along with the anime announcement, Kanzaki announced the eventual removal of the web versions of the story from both Narō and Hameln, due to the increasingly large differences in the original web story and the revised manuscripts that Kanzaki is publishing in the print light novel version. Kanzaki also revealed that Futabasha will reprint the novels in a large size through its M Novels label, with new illustrations by illustrator and animator Makoto Iino. The new edition will launch in October. Kanzaki revealed that there have been offers to publish the novel in other countries, but there are no concrete plans yet.
Kanzaki also revealed that Mintoake's manga version will get a full-color version in both digital and physical releases, and that collaborations are being planned.
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