A new anime arrived in 2023 with an anime adaptation of the Gangan Joker serialized Ragna Crimson property. We learned about that adaptation back in March 2022 as the manga entered its final climax arc. At Anime Expo 2022, the folks at Sentai Filmworks previously revealed their pickup of this planned September 30th, 2023 series which will stream exclusively on HIDIVE first and then get a home video release later.
With the two-cour series underway, HIDIVE’s parent company AMC Networks has revealed some of their plans across their range of properties and HIDIVE was included in it. The network revealed that HIDIVE will be bringing out the Ragna Crimson series with its English dub starting on December 23rd, 2023. No staff or cast were revealed as HIDIVE will be bringing that information out themselves soon.
The show has Ken Takahashi directing it and is based on the scripts overseen by Deco Akao. Shinpei Aoki is handling the character designs. Silver Link is on board for the animation production.
The Japanese cast includes:
- Chiaki Kobayashi as Ragna
- Ayumu Murase as Crimson
- Inori Minase as Leonica
- Fairouz Ai as Slime
- Mamiko Noto as Chimera
- Hiroki Touchi as Golem
- Reina Ueda as Ultimatia
- Junichi Suwabe as Woltekamui
- Takehito Koyasu as Grymwelte
- Shunsuke Takeuchi as Disas Trois
- Kozo Shioya as Temruogtaf
- Nobutoshi Canna as Future Ragna
- Rina Hidaka as Staria Reze
- Rio Tsuchiya as Hazelle and Greya
- Daiki Yamashita as Nebulim
- Ryota Takeuchi as Taratectora
- Ryotaro Okiayu as Olto Zora
- Kenyu Horiuchi as Borgius
- Keisuke Komoto as Dornea
- Takuya Sato as Baron Sierra
- Takuya Eguchi as Chantioras
The opening theme song is “ROAR” performed by ulma sound junction.
The manga from Daiki Kobayashi began in 2017 and has ten volumes out as published by Gangan Joker magazine for Square Enix.
Plot Concept: Dragons reign terror over the earth, sea, and sky. If sworn dragon hunters like Ragna are to have any hope of dealing death to these seemingly invincible, fire-breathing beasts, they must find a way to level the odds. Ragna teams up with a mysterious man named Crimson who has likewise sworn to stand against the dragons menacing the world. But although Crimson’s motivations may be mysterious, his goal and Ragna’s perfectly align, and together they’ll fight to vanquish the dragons once and for all.
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