The television anime adaptation of Kōsuke Satake’s manga, “The Witch and the Beast”, revealed a fresh visual on its official website. Together with the visual, the website also unveiled additional cast and staff members. 

The visual suggests that the anime will stay true to the manga’s themes since it is set in the late 18th-19th century. Also, the brand-new key visual spotlights two central characters, Ashaf and Guideau. Ashaf, on the left, is recognized for his composed demeanor and is popularly a gentleman. On the other hand, Guideau, on the right, is characterized by a more assertive nature. Additionally, the common ground between them is that both were cursed by a self-proclaimed hero witch. 

As it was already announced, Takayuki Hamana is directing the anime at the Yokohama Animation Laboratory. Moreover, character design is handled by Hiroya Iijima. Originating in Young Magazine Third, in 2017, the serialization of the manga shifted to Monthly Young Magazine in 2021. The ongoing manga series is authored and illustrated by Kōsuke Satake, who put the manga on hold due to his health concerns. But, despite its hiatus, the anticipation for the anime TV adaptation remains high as fans eagerly await its grand premiere. 

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Famous talents, Yō Taichi and Toshiyuki Morikawa, take the lead in the anime by portraying the characters of Guideau and Ashaf, respectively. Their brilliant performances promise to bring depth and authenticity to the anime adaptation.

Moreover, as per the recent announcement, the new cast members are:

  • Yōko Hikasa as Ione
  • Noriko Shibasaki as Mary
  • Junko Minagawa as Kiera Haines
  • Hidenobu Kiuchi as Reuben Cole
  • Atsushi Kousaka as Shulk
  • Takuma Terashima as Loran
  • Saori Hayami as Phanora Kristoffel
  • Ryota Osaka as Johan
  • Hozumi Gōda as Jeff Enker
  • Nozomu Sasaki as Necromancer

Additionally, although the exact release date remains undisclosed, official reports confirm that the anime will debut in January 2024. Furthermore, the anime will premiere on TBS and BS11 in Japan, while international audiences can stream the anime on Crunchyroll. 

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