Written by: Nicole Castro
Published on: December 20, 2021 at 19:09 PHT (GMT+8)
Official accounts for Shinkoshoto and Huuka Kazabana's isekai series The Strongest Sage With the Weakest Crest (Short Romaji title: Shikkakumon) have released a second promotional video (PV) for the TV anime which airs on Jan. 8, 2022 on TOKYO MX, BS11, and Sun TV.
The music featured is the series' ending theme Day of Bright Sunshine, sung by Yuki Nakashima (中島由貴).
The Strongest Sage With the Weakest Crest (Full Japanese: 失格紋の最強賢者 〜世界最強の賢者が更に強くなるために転生しました〜, Full Romaji: Shikkakumon no Saikyō Kenja ~Sekai Saikyō no Kenja ga Sara ni Tsuyoku Naru Tame ni Tensei Shimashita~), also simply known as Shikkakumon no Saikyō Kenja and Shikkakumon, is a Japanese light novel series, written by Shinkoshoto and illustrated by Huuka Kazabana. It began serialization online in December 2016 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō. It was later acquired by SB Creative, who have published thirteen volumes since May 2017 under their GA Novel imprint.
A manga adaptation with art by LIVER JAM&POPO has been serialized online since July 2017 via Square Enix's online manga magazine Manga UP!. It has been collected in 17 tankōbon volumes. The manga is licensed in North America by Square Enix.
Nina Tamaki (玉城仁菜) as Mathias Hildesheimer
Sayumi Suzushiro (鈴代紗弓) as Lurie Aventrot
Haruka Shiraishi (白石晴香) as Arma Lepsius
Shiori Izawa (井澤詩織) as Iris
Source material: Shinkoshoto (GA Novel / SB Creative)
Character draft: Huuka Kazabana
Director: Noriaki Akitaya
Character design: Mina Osawa
Series composition: Hiroki Uchida
Music: Elements Garden (Seima Iwahashi, Junpei Fujita, Ryota Tomaru)
Animation production: J.C.STAFF
Synopsis from MAL:
In a world of magic, the powers and future of a mage are predetermined at birth through so-called "Marks"—four symbols that categorize a human's aptitude for magic. Lamenting the fact that his mark was considered ill-suited for combat and only useful for magic augmentation, an incredibly skilled sage decided to reincarnate thousands years in the future.
Reborn as Mathias Hildesheimr—a six-year-old boy and the third son of a duke's family—he attains the mark of close combat he always desired. Unfortunately, it is also discovered that mankind's knowledge of magic and swordsmanship has drastically deteriorated in this era; only shoddy magic equipment can be sporadically found, while even the most basic spells have been forgotten. To add insult to injury, his current mark, once hailed as the most powerful, is now viewed as the worst.
When Mathias becomes 12 years old, his unrivaled swordsmanship lands him in the Second Royal Academy. Shattering prejudices, he promptly makes ripples in the academy and beyond. However, the former sage uncovers signs of dark forces working in the shadows, and with humanity weaker than ever, it is up to Mathias to thwart their evil plans.