We learned back in December 2019 about another manga property being lined up for an anime adaptation with Osama Ranking. Back in November 2020, the series was confirmed for the October 14th, 2021 period as part of the noitaminA block when it arrives on Fuji TV. With the series getting simulcast by Funimation and Crunchyroll during that fall season as Ranking of Kings, Crunchyroll is now trying to draw more eyes to it.
The streamer has added a few dubs over the past year or so and earlier this fall they added a new dub with Tamil being an option. With the dub for that underway, they’ve now finally added a trailer to show off the series with this language option below. New episodes are set for Fridays at 9:00 am IST with a cast that includes:
- Bojji voiced by Lakshmi P
- Kage voiced by Prabhu M
- Daida voiced by Aakash K
- Hiling voiced by Sasirekha G
- Domas voiced by Ganesh Perumal
- Bebin voiced by Subhash C
The series is directed by Yousuke Hatta and based on the scripts overseen by Taku Kishimoto. Arifumi Imai is the assistant director with Atsuko Nozaki handling the character designs and WIT Studio handling the animation production.
The Japanese cast includes Minami Hinata as Bojji, Ayumu Murase as Kage, Yuuki Kaji as Daida, Bojji’s half-brother, Rina Satou as Hilling, Daida’s mother, Takuya Eguchi as Domas, Bojji’s swordmaster, Yōji Ueda as Bebin, Daida’s swordmaster, Hiroki Yasumoto as Apis, “the king’s spear” and loyal man-at-arms, Hinata Tadokoro as Drusi, Hilling’s bodyguard and shieldbearer, Daiki Yamashita as Hokuro, a footman that looks up to Bojji, Kenta Miyake as Boss, the ruler of the Boss Kingdom, and Bojji and Daida’s father, Takako Honda as Shiina, Bojji’s late mother and the former queen, Maaya Sakamoto as the Magic Mirror who secretly advises Daida, Yoshimitsu Shimoyama as Death-har, the king of the afterlife, and Takahiro Sakurai as Death-par, Death-har’s little brother.
Caitlin Glass is serving as the ADR director and Emi Lo assisting. Jarrod Green is writing the scripts with Bonnie Clinkenbeard supervising. The English dub cast includes Emily Fajardo as Bojji, SungWon Cho as Kage, Christopher Wehkamp as Bebin, Cris George as Bosse, Justin Briner as Daida, A.J. LoCascio as Domas, Brent Mukai as Dorshe, Luci Christian as Hiling, Bryce Papenbrook as Hokuro, Ben Phillips as Narrator, Ben Bryant as Sandeo, Laila Berzins as Shiina, and Kevin M. Connolly as Sorii.
The series comes from Sosuke Toka which began in 2017. It’s serialized in Comic Beam magazine with eight volumes out as of the announcement.
Plot Concept: The story focuses on Bojji, a deaf, powerless prince who cannot even wield a children’s sword. As the firstborn son, he strives hard and dreams of becoming the world’s greatest king. However, people mutter about him behind his back as “a good-for-nothing prince” and “no way he can be king.”
Bojji is able to make his first-ever friend, “Kage” (shadow) — a literal shadow on the ground who somehow understands Bojji well. (Kage is a survivor of the Kage assassin clan that was all but wiped out. No longer a killer, Kage now makes ends meet by stealing.) The story follows Bojji’s coming-of-age as he meets various people in his life, starting with his fateful encounter with Kage.