Next January’s Ishura anime has received two key visuals, each containing a portion of its hefty main cast. A January 3 Japanese premiere date was also revealed.
The dark fantasy anime is based on the KADOKAWA-published light novel series written by Keiso with illustrations from Kureta, which began in 2019 and has eight volumes as of October 2023. Yen Press describes the plot as:
In a world where the Demon King has died, a host of demigods capable of felling him have inherited the world. A master fencer who can figure out how to take out their opponents with a single glance; a lancer so swift they can break the sound barrier; a wyvern rogue who fights with three legendary weapons at once; an all-powerful wizard who can speak thoughts into being; an angelic assassin who deals instant death. Eager to attain the title of “True Hero,” these champions each pursue challenges against formidable foes and spark conflicts among themselves. The battle to determine the mightiest of the mighty begins.
Ishura was the first-ranked title in This Light Novel is Amazing 2021’s tankoubon/novels category, and has inspired a manga adaptation by Meguri. Prior to the books, which are published under the Dengeki no Shinbungei label, the story was released as a web novel, with serialization beginning on Kakuyomu and Shousetsuka ni Narou in 2017.
The anime will be streamed by Hulu in the US and on Disney+ for the rest of the world. The first two episodes were shown at Anime NYC in November.
• Chief director Takeo Takahashi (Wasteful Days of High School Girls)
• Director Yuuki Ogawa (Mieruko-chan)
• Assistant director: Takuya Asaoka (Immoral Guild director)
• Assistant director: Fujiaki Asari (Love Flops)
• Assistant director: Takahiro Majima (Mieruko-chan)
• Assistant director: Hironori Aoyagi (Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World)
• Series composer and scriptwriter: Kenta Ihara (The Marginal Service)
• Character designers: Youko Kikuchi (Kuroko’s Basket) and Yuka Takashina (Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha)
• Art directors: Kazuo Ogura (Attack on Titan Final Season) and Yuuki Hatakeyama (The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes)
• Monster designers: Seiji Handa (Yu-Gi-Oh: Arc-V main monster designer) and Hiroya Iijima (Mazinger-Z:Infinity character designer)
• Mechanical designer: Kanta Suzuki (Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars)
• Music composer: Masahiro Tokuda (Platinum End)
• Animation production: Passione
• Yuuki Kaji as Soujirou
• Reina Ueda as Yuno the Distant Talon
• Aoi Yuuki as Kia the World Word
• Mamiko Noto as Elea the Red Tag
• Rie Takahashi as Nihilo the Vortical Stampede
• Sora Amamiya as Curte of the Fair Skies
• Shoutarou Morikubo as Regnejee the Wings of Sunset
• Romi Park as Taren the Punished
• Souichirou Hoshi as Dakai the Magpie
• Kouichi Yamadera as Shalk the Sound Slicer
Source: Ishura website