Written by: Jei Beltrano | Published on: March 10, 2021 at 1:03 PM PHT (GMT+8)
The official Twitter for the TV anime adaptation of Kore Yamazaki's "The Ancient Magus Bride (Mahō Tsukai no Yome)" manga has announced on Wednesday that the series is receiving an original three-part original video animation (OVA) series titled "The Ancient Magus' Bride: The Boy From the West and the Knight of the Mountain Haze". Along with the announcement, a key visual and a promotional video (PV) were revealed.
The OVA will ship as a bundle with the manga's 16th, 17th and 18th volume release starting September 10 of this year.
The new OVA series is animated by Studio Kafka and is directed by Kazuaki Terasawa. The scripts are written by Aya Takaha and Yoko Yonaiyama. Hirotaka Katou and Junichi Matsumoto return to design the characters, and compose the series' music, respectively. It is described by the production staff as the "first part" of the new anime project.
The series is based on the Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kore Yamazaki which was serialized in Mag Garden's Monthly Comic Garden magazine from November 30, 2013 to September 1, 2014. The series moved its serialization to the new Monthly Comic Garden magazine after it was ceased in the previous magazine. It has been collected into 14 tankōbon volumes as of October 2020.
With the success of the manga, a 3-part prequel OVA titled The Ancient Magus' Bride: Those Awaiting a Star was made and is bundled with the release of the sixth, seventh and eighth volumes of the manga between September 10, 2016, March 10, 2017 and September 9, 2017. The 3-episode series premiered in Japanese theaters between August 2016 and 2017. Wit Studio produced the animation and Production I.G is credited with planning and production. Norihiro Naganuma directed the anime and Aya Takaha wrote the scripts. Hirotaka Katou designed the characters and Junichi Matsumoto composed the music.
The main cast includes:
Atsumi Tanezaki as Chise Hatori
Ryota Takeuchi as Elias Ainsworth
Kouki Uchiyama as Ruth
Yuuko Kaida as Angelica Varley
Aya Endou as Silver
Daisuke Namikawa as Lindenbaum
Saori Hayami as Leanan Sídhe
The series was later adapted into an anime television series which aired from October 7, 2017 to March 24, 2018 with a total of 24 episodes. The staff and cast from the first OVA series reprised their roles for the TV series.
Source: The Ancient Magus Bride TV anime Official Twitter