The official website of Sousou No Frieren announced on June 30, 2023, that the first episode of the anime be a 2-hour special episode and will be broadcast on Nippon TV’s “Friday Roadshow” on Sep 29, 2023.
This will be the first time an anime series will be premiering on “Friday Roadshow” slot, which is usually reserved for films.
Following its premiere on the slot, the anime will be will be broadcast on a new anime time slot starting in October 2023, a detail schedule of which will be announced at a later date.
Moreover, a trailer was also released for the 2-hour special episode.
- Atsumi Tanezaki as Frieren
- Hiroki Touchi as Heiter
- Nobuhiko Okamoto as Himmel
- Yōji Ueda as Eisen
- Director: Keiichirō Saitō
- Series Composition: Tomohiro Suzuki
- Music: Evan Call
- Character Design: Reiko Nagasawa
- Art Director: Sawako Takagi
- Chief Animation Director: Reiko Nagasawa
The anime adaptation of Sousou No Frieren was announced in the manga’s 9th volume, which was shipped on Sep 15, 2022.
Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End is a Japanese manga series written by Kanehito Yamada and illustrated by Tsukasa Abe. It has been serialized in Shogakukan’s shonen manga magazine Weekly Shonen Sunday since April 2020, with its chapters collected in nine tankobon volumes as of September 2022.
The series is licensed for English release in North America by Viz Media.
As of September 2022, the manga had over 7.2 million copies in circulation. In 2021, Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End won the 14th Manga Taisho and the New Creator Prize of the 25th annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.
MyAnimeList describes the plot of Sousou no Frieren as:
The demon king has been defeated, and the victorious hero party returns home before disbanding. The four—mage Frieren, hero Himmel, priest Heiter, and warrior Eisen—reminisce about their decade-long journey as the moment to bid each other farewell arrives. But the passing of time is different for elves, thus Frieren witnesses her companions slowly pass away one by one.
Before his death, Heiter manages to foist a young human apprentice called Fern onto Frieren. Driven by the elf’s passion for collecting a myriad of magic spells, the pair embarks on a seemingly aimless journey, revisiting the places that the heroes of yore had visited. Along their travels, Frieren slowly confronts her regrets of missed opportunities to form deeper bonds with her now-deceased comrades.
Source: Official Website