The production team for the OAD series The Ancient Magus’ Bride -The Boy from the West and the Knight of the Blue Storm has released a new trailer previewing its third and final part. The third OAD will be released in Japan on September 10, 2022, bundled with a special edition of the 18th volume of Kore Yamazaki‘s original manga.
The 3-episode follow-up to the critically acclaimed The Ancient Magus’ Bride anime series released its first and second parts on September 10, 2021 and March 10, 2022 respectively. Production for the OAD series was first confirmed in March 2021.
The production staff includes Kazuaki Terasawa (Overlord) as director, Hirotaka Katou (Great Pretender chief animation director) as character designer, Kouhei Tokuoka (Bungo Stray Dogs, SK8 the Infinity) as chief animation director, and Junichi Matsumoto (Plunderer) returning as music composer.
Other staff members include Seiki Tamura (The Idaten Deities Know Only Peace, The Ancient Magus’ Bride co-art designer) as the art director, Mayo Suzuki (The Ancient Magus’ Bride) as the photography director, and Yuuko Kobari (The Ancient Magus’ Bride) as the color designer. Studio Kafka is in charge of the animation production.
The Ancient Magus’ Bride -The Boy from the West and the Knight of the Blue Storm is set after the events of the 2017 television anime series, with Cartaphilus slumbering and Chise receiving an invitation to a magic academy.
Crunchyroll is streaming the OAD series in English for North America and select Asian territories. It describes the story as:
Just prior to Chise becoming a part-time student, during Cartaphilus’ brief nap… Chise receives an invitation to the academy, and she, with the help of Elias and the others, begins preparing. One such busy day, a spriggan arrives at their home on a strange horse, bringing news that “something is wrong with this Wild Hunt.” Gabriel, an ordinary boy who’d just moved from London, was bored. Of his situation, of being parted from his friends, of unfamiliar land. Of everything. He was staring through his window, as if to escape from it all, when he caught a glimpse of tobacco smoke. When he ran outside to chase it, the impossible happened: his world began to intertwine with the veiled world of the mages.
Source: The Ancient Magus’ Bride Twitter