Luminous Witches To Begin on July 3, Key Visual Released

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The Luminous Witches anime has revealed a July 3 Japanese premiere date. A key visual depicting the show’s main cast of characters was also released.

Additionally, it was announced that the opening song “WONDERFUL WORLD” and the ending song “Watashi to Minna no Uta” will be released on August 24.

Luminous Witches was first announced in 2018 and was originally meant to release in 2021. It follows a group of Witches who do not fight, but instead use song and music to “protect everyone’s smiles.” The main character is the mysterious Virginia “Genie” Robertson, who possesses the traits of a Night Witch. The show is in the same universe as Strike Witches and is part of the World Witches multimedia project.

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The main staff of the show includes Shouji Saeki (Assault Lily BOUQUET) as director and series composer, Kana Shundou (Princess Connect! Re: DiveAssault Lily BOUQUET imageboarder) as assistant director, Fumikane Shimada (Strike Witches) as original character designer, and Kazuya Shiotsuki (Assault Lily BOUQUET sub-character designer and co-animation director) as character designer. 

Other staff include Mina Ootaka (Sword Art Online Alicization – War of Underworld animation director) as familiar designer, Jin Hibino (Assault Lily BOUQUETMagia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Season 2 -The Eve of Awakening-) as color designer, Rei Egami (Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Season 2 -The Eve of Awakening-) as photography director, and Gou Wakabayashi (So I’m a Spider, So What?) as music producer. SHAFT is the animation production company.

Meanwhile, the cast includes Mai Narumi as Virginia Robertson, Minako Hosokawa as Inori Shibuya, Ami Aimoto as Lyudmila Andreyevna Ruslanova, Ryou Mamiya as Aila Päivikki Linnamaa, Tsuzuki Sayaka as Éléonore Giovanna Gassion, Kana Konaka as Maria Magdalene Dietrich, Misaki Yuuki as Manaia Matawhaura Hato, Rino Yoshikita as Sylvie Cariello, and Rio Mamesaki as Joanna Elizabeth Stafford.

The roles of Sylvie and Joanna were originally filled by Miu Kotosaka and Kyou Tachibana. Kotosaka retired in September due to health reasons, while Tachibana announced in October that she was retiring from the role to focus on her studies.

The Luminous Witches idol unit, which is composed of the anime’s main cast, was formed in 2019 and currently has four singles.

Sources: @LuminousWitch (1), (2), Luminous Witches website

Melvyn originally wanted to write about video games, and he did so for a few years, starting from his college days. He still writes about video games sometimes, but now focuses on anime-related news content and the occasional review. Some of his free time is spent self-learning Japanese, both out of interest in the language and because English-translated light novels and manga are expensive. Every anime season, Melvyn looks forward to discovering new standout episodes and OP/ED animation sequences, as well as learning about the storyboard artists and directors behind them.
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