A trailer has dropped for the third and concluding volume of the The Ancient Magus’ Bride -The Boy from the West and the Knight of the Blue Storm OAD.
In Japan, these OADs are being released with volumes of the manga. The first OAD was bundled with the sixteenth volume of the manga in September of last year, then the second OAD came out with the seventeenth volume of the manga in March 2022. The third OAD and eighteenth volume of the manga are scheduled to be released this September.
However, that doesn’t mean you have to be in Japan to see the OAD, as Crunchyroll is steaming the episodes outside of Asia. Crunchyroll gave this description of the OAD:
“Just prior to Chise becoming a part-time student, during Cartaphilus’ brief nap… Chise receives an invitation to the academy, and she, with the help of Elias and the others, begins preparing. One such busy day, a spriggan arrives at their home on a strange horse, bringing news that “something is wrong with this Wild Hunt.” Gabriel, an ordinary boy who’d just moved from London, was bored. Of his situation, of being parted from his friends, of unfamiliar land. Of everything. He was staring through his window, as if to escape from it all, when he caught a glimpse of tobacco smoke. When he ran outside to chase it, the impossible happened: his world began to intertwine with the veiled world of the mages.”
The OAD is teased as being the “first part” of a new anime project. It’s being made at Studio Kafka and directed by Kazuaki Terasawa, who was previously an episode director on Anonymous Noise. The script was written by Aya Takaha, who worked on the TV anime, and Yoko Yonaiyama, who has written for Uma Musume Pretty Derby.
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin. She is also the author of its upcoming sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.