The upcoming Black Summoner anime has released its first full trailer and a key visual, with the former previewing the main characters and some action sequences. The anime is set to premiere in Japan in July.
Black Summoner is based on the light novels by Doufu Mayoi with illustrations from Kurogin. The light novel series began in 2016 and has 16 volumes as of February 2022. It is published under the OVERLAP Bunko label.
BookWalker Global describes the story as:
After waking up with no memory of his past life, Kelvin sets off on an epic adventure in a whole new world. Facing one formidable foe after another, he soon discovers his true battle junkie nature as the curtains rise on an exhilarating fantasy saga!
Waking up in a strange new place with no memory of his past life, Kelvin learns that he’s bartered away those very memories in exchange for powerful new abilities during his recent transmigration. Heading out into a whole new world as a Summoner — with his first Follower being the very goddess who brought him over! — Kelvin begins his new life as an adventurer, and it isn’t long before he discovers his hidden disposition as a battle junkie. From the Black Knight of the Ancient Castle of Evil Spirits to the demon within the Hidden Cave of the Sage, he revels in the fight against one formidable foe after another. Join this OP adventurer in an exhilarating and epic saga as he and his allies carve their way into the annals of history!
The staff of the Black Summoner anime includes Yoshimasa Hiraike (Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku, Amagami SS) as director and series composer, Miwa Ooshima (My Next Life As a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X) as character designer, Sachiko Oohashi (Heaven’s Design Team character designer) as sub-character designer, and Kou Inaba (Gekijouban Macross Zetai Live!!!!!! co-mechanical designer) as monster and prop designer.
Other staff include Eri Suzuki (Ensemble Stars!! Road to Show!!) as color designer, Natsumi Uchida (The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt) as photography director, Reina Nakamura (Symphogear XV CG Live Lead Designer) as CGI director, and Michiru (Dance Dance Danseur) and Yuria Miyazono as music composers. Satelight is the animation production company.
Meanwhile, the cast includes Kouki Uchiyama as Kelvin, Manaka Iwami as Efil, Reina Ueda as Melfina, Saku as Clot, Yousuke Akimoto as Jellal, and Minori Suzuki as Sera.
The Black Summoner light novels inspired a manga adaptation by Gin Amou (also published by OVERLAP) that released its first tankoubon volume in 2018. The story originally began as a web novel on Shousetsuka ni Narou in 2014.
Sources: overlapinc YouTube channel, @kuronoshokanshi