Sentenced to Be a Hero Light Novel Series Receive Anime Adaptation

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© Rocket Shoukai, Mephisto/Kadokawa Corporation

An anime adaptation of Rocket Shoukai’s Sentenced to Be a Hero: The Prison Records of Penal Hero Unit 9004 light novel series has been announced. The project was confirmed during the Dengeki Bunko 30th anniversary livestream event on July 16, 2023. 

A 37-second announcement video and commemorative visual were also released on the production team’s Twitter account. The video showcases many of the light novels’ main characters. 

It was not announced whether the adaptation would be a TV series or film. Additionally, the voice cast, production staff, and animation studio were not revealed. 

The dark fantasy light novel series is written by Rocket Shoukai and illustrated by Mephisto. It was first launched as a webnovel on Kadokawa’s Kakuyomu website on October 28, 2020. Kadokawa then published the light novels on September 17, 2021, with four volumes released as of December 2022. 

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© Rocket Shoukai, Mephisto/Kadokawa Corporation

A manga adaptation by Natsumi Inoue was launched on Dengeki Comic Regulus on March 25, 2022. A single tankoubon volume was released as of December 2022. 

Yen Press releases the light novels in English under its Yen On imprint, with the localized title originally being Sentenced to Brave Punishment. It describes the synopsis as:

Heroism — a punishment for only the worst criminals. Those sentenced to the fate of a hero are forced to fight at the front lines against the demon king’s army—and if they die, they can expect to be revived and continue the battle. But when their leader, convicted of killing a goddess, meets another goddess himself, the contract they forge may be enough to change the world…

Source: Sentenced to Be a Hero Official Twitter

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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