The official Twitter account for Kadokawa‘s Sneaker Bunko imprint announced that Kaisei Enomoto’s Yowai 5000-nen no Soushoku Dragon, Iwarenaki Jaryuu Nintei (A 5000-year-old Herbivore Dragon Was Recognized as an Evil Dragon For No Reason) light novel series is getting an animated adaptation.
食草老龙被冠以恶龙之名(The old herbivorous dragon is crowned evil) is a donghua adaptation based on the original novel 齢５０００年の草食ドラゴン、いわれなき邪竜認定～やだこの生贄、人の話を聞いてくれない～, or 邪竜認定, for short. Plz enjoy it! pic.twitter.com/xDoNcIGG7d— 澜 (@STUDIO_Lan_) November 21, 2021
bilibili also announced the adaptation at its recent “Made by bilibili” event. A Chinese-dubbed trailer and visual for the anime was also revealed. The animation production will be from Studio LAN.
The light novels are based on a web novel that Enomoto published on the Shousetsuka ni Narou website. The latest chapter of the web novel was released in June 2020. Kadokawa began publishing the novels with illustrations by Shugao in February 2018, and published the third volume in October 2019. A manga adaptation by Kouichi Muro launched in Square Enix‘s Gangan Joker magazine from 2018 to 2019.
Anime News Network describes the novel’s story as:
The novels center on a harmless vegetarian dragon. One day a young girl suddenly appears before him, and she has come as a sacrifice from her village, thinking him some great evil dragon. She believes that in exchange for her soul she will get the power to defeat the Demon Lord. The dragon tells a lie in order to be rid of her, but somehow this misunderstanding awakens magical powers within her. Thus begins the story of a dragon believed to be evil but is actually harmless, and a young girl with a big misunderstanding as they journey to defeat the Demon Lord.