The Ideal Sponger Life Light Novels Get Anime Adaptation

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© Tsunehiko Watanabe, Juu Ayakura, Kadokawa

The official Twitter account of Shufunotomo’s Hero Bunko imprint has announced that an anime adaptation of The Ideal Sponger Life light novel series is in the works. It was not revealed whether the project would be a film or TV series and a premiere date is unknown. 

the ideal sponger life light novel volume 15 cover
© Tsunehiko Watanabe, Juu Ayakura, Kadokawa

The light novels are written by Tsunehiko Watanabe and illustrated by Juu Ayakura and was first published on September 28, 2012. Fourteen volumes have been published as of September 2021. The series originated as a web novel on Shousetsuka ni Narou on June 25, 2011. 

A manga adaptation by Neko Hinotsuki was launched in Kadokawa Shoten’s Young Ace magazine on February 3, 2017. Eighteen tankoubon volumes have been released as of September 2023, with a 19th volume set for release on February 2, 2024. Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the manga in March 2018 for an English release. 

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© Tsunehiko Watanabe, Neko Hinotsuki, Kadokawa

J-Novel Club licensed The Ideal Sponger Life light novels and describes the synopsis as: 

Yamai Zenjirou is your everyday office worker in modern Japan. One morning, he suddenly finds himself summoned to a tropical world where dinosaurs roam the land. He is told that this is the kingdom of Capua and the person who summoned him – its monarch, Queen Aura – wants him to marry her and leave his old life behind for a life of carefree extravagance as her prince consort. The reasons for her offer are many and varied, but she needs an heir, and she wants him to be the one to provide it!

If he accepts, he’ll never have to work again, lazing around in luxury with no worries other than securing the kingdom its next monarch. Certainly, sleeping with the buxom beauty is far from a hardship, but is everything really as it seems? He’ll also need to give up everything he knows on Earth. Is he ready to drop it all at a moment’s notice for her sake? And how well will he be able to navigate the politics, people and culture of this new world if he does?

Source: Hero Bunko 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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