The Ancient Magus' Bride Season 2 Anime's 2nd Trailer Reveals, Previews JUNNA's Opening Theme Song, Additional Cast (Updated)
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The staff for the second season of the television anime based on Kore Yamazaki's The Ancient Magus' Bride (Mahō Tsukai no Yome) manga unveiled on Thursday the second trailer and additional cast. The video reveals and previews the second opening theme song "Dear" by JUNNA.
The newly announced cast includes:
- Daiki Yamashita as Violet St. George
- Minami Tanaka as Jasmine St. George
- Mari Uchiyama as April Atwood
- Miki Natsutani as May Atwood
- Kousuke Toriumi as Narcisse Maugham
- Mami Koyama as Liza Quillyn
- Sayuri Sadaoka as Lizbeth Sargant
There will be an early screening of the second season's first episode and the original short "Fuyu no Okurimono" (Winter Gift) on March 11 at Tachikawa Cinema City's Cinema Two in Tokyo. Staff members and JUNNA will be in attendance.
The anime will premere in Japan on Tokyo MX on April 6 at 10:00 p.m. JST before airing on BS11, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and AT-X. The series will stream in Japan on Amazon Prime Video and Hikari TV.
Crunchyroll will stream the anime worldwide excluding Asia, and it describes the anime:
Chise was able to accept Elias and herself, if not necessarily everything about her situation. After Cartaphilus fell back into a slumber that would not last forever, Chise was able to go back to her regular life. Then she receives an invitation from a mutual aid organization for mages called the College.
Under the British Library exists a secret society of mages. Encounters and interactions with people are about to open some new doors.
This is a story about saving yourself to save another.
The anime stars:
- Atsumi Tanezaki as Chise
- Ryōta Takeuchi as Elias Ainsworth
- Kouki Uchiyama as Ruth
- Aya Endo as Silky
The cast also includes:
- Minami Tsuda as Lucy Webster
- Maki Kawase as Philomela Sergeant
- Seiichirō Yamashita as Rian Scrimgeour
- Daiki Kobayashi as Zoe Ivy
- Reina Ueda as Veronica Rickenbacker
- Kōtarō Nishiyama as Isaac Farrar
The returning cast also includes Mutsumi Tamura as Alice Swayne and Satoshi Hino as Mikhail Renfred.
The anime will adapt the "Gakuin" (College) arc of the manga, which launched in May 2018. The cast and staff of the first television anime returned to animate a promotional video for the arc in March 2019.
Kazuaki Terasawa is returning from the The Ancient Magus' Bride - The Boy from the West and the Knight of the Blue Storm OAD project to direct the anime at Studio Kafka, a new animation studio established specifically for the OAD project. Aya Takaha returns from the television anime to pen the script alongside Yoko Yonaiyama (The Ancient Magus' Bride - The Boy from the West and the Knight of the Blue Storm) and Chiaki Nishinaka. Hirotaka Katō is returning from the previous anime in the franchise as the character designer. Junichi Matsumoto returns to compose the music.
Other staff members include:
- Chief Animation Director: Kōhei Tokuoka
- Color Design: Yuko Kobari
- Art Director: Seiki Tamura
- Director of Photography: Mayo Suzuki
- CGI Director: Katsuaki Miyaji
- Special Effects: Chiptune
- Editing: Daisuke Imai
- Music Production: Flying Dog
- Sound Director: Shōji Hata
- Sound Effects: Noriko Izumo
- Sound Production: Sound Team Don Juan
JUNNA also performed the first season's opening theme song "Here."
The most recent anime in the franchise is the three-episode The Ancient Magus' Bride - The Boy from the West and the Knight of the Blue Storm OAD (original anime disc) project. The project is being bundled with the limited editions of the 16th, 17th, and 18th volumes of the manga. The 16th volume shipped in September 2021, and the 17th volume shipped on March 10. The 18th volume will ship on September 9. The staff described the OAD series as the "first part" of a new anime project.
Crunchyroll is streaming the OAD project worldwide outside of Asia.
The manga previously inspired a television anime that premiered in Japan in 2017. Crunchyroll streamed the series in Japanese with English subtitles, and Funimation streamed an English dub for the series. The manga also inspired a prequel original video anime (OVA) series titled The Ancient Magus' Bride: Those Awaiting a Star in 2017. Funimation released all 24 episodes of the television series with the OVA on home video in 2019.
Yamazaki launched the The Ancient Magus' Bride manga in Mag Garden's Monthly Comic Blade magazine in 2013 but the magazine ceased publication in September 2014. The manga then moved to the publisher's Monthly Comic Garden magazine, where it is ongoing. The manga has more than 10 million copies in circulation.
Seven Seas Entertainment is releasing the manga in English. Seven Seas is also releasing several spinoff manga and supplement books in the series.
Update: Twin Engine corrected the cast members for April and May Atwood (the company had the cast members switched).
Source: Press release
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