The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kurone Kanzaki‘s Maō-sama, Retry! (Dark Lord, Retry!) light novel series revealed the cast, staff, July premiere, teaser video, and a new visual on Friday.
Hiroshi Kimura (Haitai Nanafa both seasons, The Irresponsible Galaxy Tylor, Danchigai) is directing the series at EKACHI EPILKA (Crossing Time). Novelist and scriptwriter Ōka Tanisaki is overseeing the series scripts, and Chiyo Nakayama (key animator for Robotics;Notes, Kuroko’s Basketball all three seasons) is adapting Makoto Iino‘s original character designs for animation.
The show stars:
Kenjiro Tsuda as Hakuto Kunai (Akira Ōno)
Kanon Takao as Aku
Kaori Ishihara as Luna Elegant
The story centres on Akira Ōno, a regular guy who works at a company that manages an online game. He often plays the game as his character “Maō” (Dark Lord). But one day, when he logs on, he is whisked into the game’s fantasy world as his character. There, he meets a one-legged girl and begins his adventures alongside her. But as he is a powerful “Dark Lord,” various nations and holy maidens journey to defeat him, and he stirs up trouble everywhere he goes.
Kanzaki published the story on the “Shōsetsuka ni Narō” (Let’s Become Novelists) and Hameln websites from October to December 2016. Kanzaki then published a new side story chapter unconnected to the main story in September 2018.
Futabasha began publishing the story in light novel volumes with illustrations by Kōji Ogata in June 2017, and it published the third volume in April 2018. Futabasha began reprinting the novels through its M Novels label with new illustrations by illustrator and animator Makoto Iino on October 22 and published the second volume on February 13.
Amaru Minotake launched a manga adaptation of the story in October 2017 on Futabasha‘s Web Comic Action site, and Futabasha published the manga’s third compiled book volume on January 30.