The anime Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End (a.k.a. Sōsō no Frieren in Japanese) will debut on September 29 with a special that’s a whopping two hours long. This was revealed in a new trailer that also lets us listen in on some of the Japanese voices.
Looking toward the cast, so far we know that Atsumi Tanezaki plays Frieren, Nobuhiko Okamoto plays Himmel, Hiroki Touchi plays Heiter, and Yōji Ueda plays Eisen.
The anime is being made at Madhouse, with Keiichirō Saitō of Bocchi the Rock! helming the project as director. The person in charge of series scripts is Tomohiro Suzuki, who has worked on One-Punch Man and Boogiepop and Others. The music is being composed by Evan Call, known for working on Violet Evergarden and Josee, The Tiger and the Fish. Credit for character design goes to Reiko Nagasawa of takt op. Destiny.
VIZ Media is publishing the original manga by Kanehito Yamada and Tsukasa Abe in English and gave this description for the plot:
“The adventure is over but life goes on for an elf mage just beginning to learn what living is all about. Elf mage Frieren and her courageous fellow adventurers have defeated the Demon King and brought peace to the land. But Frieren will long outlive the rest of her former party. How will she come to understand what life means to the people around her? Decades after their victory, the funeral of one her friends confronts Frieren with her own near immortality. Frieren sets out to fulfill the last wishes of her comrades and finds herself beginning a new adventure…”
The manga began in 2020 and has nabbed the 2021 14th Manga Taisho Award and the 2021 New Creator Prize for the 25th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize. Earlier this year the manga experienced a short hiatus.
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