Mariya Ise Cast in Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End Anime
A recent announcement on the official website for the TV anime adaptation of Kanehito Yamada and Tsukasa Abe’s manga, titled Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End or Sōsō no Frieren reveals a new addition to the cast list for the “First Class Mage Exam” storyline. The character Serie, a highly esteemed elf mage and initiator of the Continental Magic Association, will be voiced by actress Mariya Ise. Serie’s character is set to make her debut in the 21st episode of the anime, scheduled to release on Friday.
In addition to this, a sneak peek for the 21st episode was also shared online by TOHO animation.
The “First Class Mage Exam” narrative began with the anime’s 17th episode that aired on January 5. This episode also signified the commencement of the series’ second season that is divided into quartiles, otherwise known in French as cours.
Earlier, the showrunners had also introduced new cast members who will be featuring in the “First Class Mage Exam” arc. The list includes:
- Azumi Waki as the character Kanne
- Sayumi Suzushiro voicing Lawine
- Kishō Taniyama lending his voice for Wirbel
- The character of Übel voiced by Ikumi Hasegawa
- Jiro Sato as the voice behind Denken
- Shōhei Komatsu voicing Land
- Eiji Hanawa as the character Richter
- Shizuka Ishigami lending her voice for Laufen
- Kanae Itō for the character Ehre
- Haruka Terui voicing Sense
- Tarusuke Shingaki as Genau
- Yuji Murai as the character Scharf
- Tomoyo Kurosawa voicing Edel
The Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End anime debuted with a two-hour premiere on September 29 on NTV’s “Kinyō Roadshow,” a time slot typically reserved for feature films. This marked it as the first ever TV anime series to do so. Subsequent episodes began to broadcast from October 6 at 11:00 p.m. JST on NTV’s new anime slot, “FRIDAY ANIME NIGHT”. The series will continue to air two consecutive cours until March. Streaming platform Crunchyroll is also simultaneously releasing the episodes, with options for both subbed and dubbed versions in English available for viewing.
Viz Media holds the rights to the manga format of the show and offers this description of the storyline:
The adventure is over but life goes on for an elf mage just beginning to learn what living is all about. Elf mage Frieren and her courageous fellow adventurers have defeated the Demon King and brought peace to the land. But Frieren will long outlive the rest of her former party. How will she come to understand what life means to the people around her? Decades after their victory, the funeral of one her friends confronts Frieren with her own near immortality. Frieren sets out to fulfill the last wishes of her comrades and finds herself beginning a new adventure…
The director behind the anime is Keiichirō Saitō (known for Bocchi the Rock!), and the anime is being produced at Madhouse. Tomohiro Suzuki is supervising the scripts for the series while Reiko Nagasawa is in charge of creating the characters. Evan Call is the music composer for the show.
“Hareru,” the new opening theme for the anime, is performed by yorushika, while milet performs the ending theme song titled “Anytime Anywhere.”
The original manga series, created by Yamada and Abe, was initially launched in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine in April 2020. It has bagged several awards since then, including the New Creator Prize at the 25th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2021 and the 14th Manga Taisho Award in the same year. It was also nominated for the Best Shōnen Manga award at the 45th and 46th annual Manga Awards by Kodansha. Most recently, it was included in the American Library Association’s Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table’s top 10 list of 2022 Best Graphic Novels for Adults Reading List.