Yuu Shimizu came to attention with their work on Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance, which has seventeen volumes to its name. Recently, they got a new novel series getting underway on May 25th, 2019 with Seiken Gakuin’s Demon Swordsman, which is being illustrated by Asagi Tosaka.
Kadokawa revealed in October 2021 that an anime adaptation was in the works and we’ve had some updates such as studio Passione will be the ones animating it and then the main cast. The show has an October 2nd, 2023 broadcast premiere while noting that the show saw an early streaming premiere on ABEMA on September 25th, 2023.
Ahead of the tenth broadcast episode on December 4th, 2023, we now have the first preview for it below.
The show has Hiroyuki Morita directing it with Takayuki Noguchi on the character designs.
The Japanese cast includes Honoka Kuroki as Sakuya, Aya Suzaki as Regina, Marina Inoue as Leonis, Yui Ishikawa as Riselia, Arisa Nakada as Shary, Hiromi Igarashi as Elfiné, Ai Kikuma as Roselia, Tomofumi Ikezoe as Blackas, and Daisuke Hirakawa as Dark Lord Leonis.
Chiai Fujikawa will perform “1000-nen Ai” for the anime’s opening theme while Kaho will perform “Yururi” for the ending theme.
Yen Press has been releasing the series in English with four volumes out as of this month (of the eight in Japan so far). Check out our review of the first light novel here.
Plot Concept: Awakening from magical stasis after a thousand years, the Dark Lord Leonis suddenly finds himself in the body of a ten-year-old boy! He quickly meets Riselia, a girl confronting the Voids, creatures that have nearly exterminated humanity. Determined to uncover the mysteries of this strange new era, Leonis enrolls in Excalibur Academy, a school that trains students to fight back against these enigmatic monsters. Could the Voids hold some connection to Leonis’s past?