The TV anime adaptation of The Witch and the Beast has received a teaser trailer and visual, along with main staff and cast details. A January 2024 premiere date was revealed as well.
Takayuki Hamana (Rakudai Majo: Fuuka to Yami no Majo, Sorcerous Stabber Orphen) is directing the series at Yokohama Animation Lab. Hiroya Iijima (Jujutsu Kaisen curse designer) is the character designer.
Meanwhile, the lead voice actors are You Taichi as the witch-hating Guideau and Toshiyuki Morikawa as the coffin-carrying mage Ashaf.
The Witch and the Beast is based on the dark fantasy manga by Kousuke Satake, which began in 2017 and has 10 tankoubon volumes as of August 2022. The Kodansha-published series is serialized in Young Magazine Third and published under the Yanmaga KC Special label.
Kodansha USA describes the premise as:
Ashaf: a soft-spoken man with delicate features, a coffin strapped to his back, and an entourage of black crows. Guideau: a feral, violent girl with long fangs and the eyes of a beast. This ominous pair appear one day in a town in thrall to a witch — a ruler with magic coursing through her tattooed body, who has convinced the townsfolk she’s their hero. But Ashaf and Guideau know better. They live by one creed: “Wherever a witch goes, only curses and disasters follow.” They have scores to settle, and they won’t hesitate to remove anyone in their way, be it angry mob or army garrison.
A dark fairytale set in a steampunk world of magic and monsters, The Witch and the Beast will entice and entrap manga readers looking for their next fantasy action fix!