The anime adaptation of the manga series Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryuu to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons was delayed from October 2017 to spring 2018 and we recently learned of the premiere date of April 5th, 2018 on TBS. The official social media side has updated with the reveal of a new key visual that you can see below which definitely goes for the darker approach – and may be used down the line for any overseas home video release as well.
The staffing side set Hiroshi Nishikiori as the chief director while Hirokazu Hanai will serve as the hands-on director. Takayo Ikami is handling the series composition while Masaru Kitao will be working on the character designs.
The Japanese cast includes Nobunaga Shimazaki as Gaius Levina Sorel, Yoshimasa Hosoya as Gigina Ashley-Bufh, Yōko Hikasa as Jivunya Lorezzo, Yuko Kaida as Nidvolk, Takaya Hashi as Mordin Orjes Gyunei, Mutsumi Tamura as Yorkan, Yoshino Nanjō as Curaso Opt Koga, Takanori Hoshino as Jesper Livy Raki, Sora Tokui as Berdrit Livy Raki, Akira Ishida, Go Inoue, Atsushi Imaruoka, Motomu Kiyokawa, Hiro Shimono, Tomokazu Sugita, Aya Suzaki, Rintarou Nishi, Rica Matsumoto, Go Inoue as Genon, Atsushi Imaruoka as Herodel, Aya Suzaki as Arzel, Rintarou Nishi as Largonquin, Rica Matsumoto as Javeira, Hiro Shimono as Īgī, Motomu Kiyokawa as Yākutō, Tomokazu Sugita as Remedius, and Akira Ishida as Zuo Rū.
The book originally began back in 2008 and has had a short prequel one-off manga project produced previously which makes it a little surprising that an anime adaptation was announced for a book this far in. Suffice to say, expect to see some growth in the novel sales as fans check out the first few volumes they may have overlooked over the years and then a potential surge when the anime adaptation does land.
Plot Concept: The series takes place in an alternate world, staged mostly in the city of Eridana, whose territory is half in the Tseberun Dragon Empire, and half in the Lapetodes Seven Cities Alliance. Each half is separated by the Orielal River. In this world, special abilities called spell formulas (咒式, jushiki) exist, which are essentially chemical reactions augmented through special weapons that cause a magic spell-like effect. These special weapons are called Magic Staff weapons, and are as varied as regular weapons are. Spell formulists use these spell formulas to fight with “Beasts of Abhorrent Form,” natural creatures that use spell formulas and pose a threat to humans, such as Dragons, Aions, or Enormes.
The story focuses on the two main characters, Gaius Sorel and Gigina Ashley-Bufh, the only two employees of Spell Formulist dispatch office Ashley-Bufh & Sorel Co. They are met with a variety of requests from a variety of clients, all requiring the adept use of spell formulas.