Starting as a browser game in 2016 and becoming a decent little multimedia project, Bungo to Alchemist was revealed to be making the leap to anime back in December 2019. The series got underway in April as part of the spring season but had delays along the way due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They recently revealed another postponement as episode eight is being rescheduled for a July 3rd, 2020 debut and to help people get back on track with it, the Bandai Spirits channel began running the first seven episodes streaming on their channel with no restrictions today. Of course, there are no subtitles but it’s an interesting way of playing catch-up and having the social component with the group chat window along the right which does have a lot of English-speakers on it. Check out the vid below!
The series has Toshinori Watanabe directing based on the scripts coming from Jun Kumagai. Atsuko Nakajima is working on the character designs with OLM handling the animation production.
The Japanese cast includes Ryōta Ōsaka as Murō Saisei, Tomoaki Maeno as Naoya Shiga, KENN as Saneatsu Mushanokōji, Shinichiro Miki as Kan Kikuchi, Hiroyuki Yoshino as Masao Kume, Yūki Tai as Haruo Satō, Nobuhiko Okamoto as Jun’ichirō Tanizaki, and Kōji Takahashi as Tatsuo Hori.
The opening sequence features the song “Goodbye (グッド・バイ)” by Urashimasakatasen. We also have the ending theme song of “Yabunonaka no Synthesis (藪の中のジンテーゼ)” by Yoshino Nanjou which is pretty haunting.
Plot Concept: The series follows a group of historic writers (all based on real people) who use their special abilities to rescue books that have been cursed by the “Taints,” an evil force. While its premise is fantastical, the series’ core focus will be on its characters, some of whom you may recognize, including Ryunosuke Akutagawa and H.P. Lovecraft.