A new The Witch and the Beast key visual has been released today that features two of the dark fantasy anime’s supporting characters — Phanora Kristoffel and Johan. (see below)
Readers of the manga the upcoming anime series is based on will know Phanora and Johan are partners and affiliated with The Order Of Magical Resonance, with Phanora known to be serious and cold while Johan is carefree, relaxed and pleasant to talk to.
The pair appear in the new The Witch and the Beast key visual with Johan carrying a lot of luggage, while the unencumbered Phanora walks next to him under an umbrella.
Alongside the new key visual, six new cast members were also announced today. They are:
- Miyu Tomita (Riko in Made in Abyss) who is voicing Helga Velvette
- Rintarou Nishi (Bartra Liones in The Seven Deadly Sins) as The Demon Sword Ashgan
- Akira Ishida (Hyouga in Dr. Stone) who is playing Matt Cugat
- Kazuhiro Yamaji (Henry Henderson in SPY x FAMILY) is voicing The Executioners
- Kohsei Hirota (Ganimard in Undead Girl Murder Farce) who plays Farmus
- Yu Kobayashi (Astaroth in The Tale of the Outcasts) who is voicing Lowell
New The Witch and the Beast trailer also out
An extended The Witch and the Beast trailer was also released alongside the latest key visual (watch below), which shows snippets from the first trailer with the addition of scenes from when protagonists Guideau and Ashaf meet and attempt to kill the first witch.
The trailer also features the opening theme song — ‘Soumonka‘ by the three-piece Japanese rock band sokoninaru — and yep, it’s a banger.
The Witch and the Beast is based on the manga by Kosuke Satake, and is being directed by Takayuki Hamana, with series composition by Yuichiro Momose and character designs by Hiroya Iijima.
Anime production is being carried out by Yokohama Animation Lab.
The anime itself is due to premiere on Crunchyroll on January 12th, 2024.
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