Hong Kong-based content distributor Medialink Entertainment has announced on Wednesday they have acquired the upcoming anime Mashle: Magic and Muscles.
The company has yet to reveal the distribution details of the upcoming fantasy comedy anime, which is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on Friday, 07 April.
This is a world of magic. This is a world in which magic is casually used by everyone. However, Mash Burnedead can’t use magic. All he wanted to live a quiet life with his family, but people suddenly start trying to kill him one day and he somehow finds himself enrolled in magic school. Will his ripped muscles work against the best and brightest of the wizarding world? (Synopsis from Medialink)
Mashle: Magic and Muscles is an upcoming anime adaptation of a Japanese fantasy comedy manga series by Hajime Kotomo, which is being published in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine since January 2020 and currently has 16 volumes.
Tomoya Tanaka, who previously worked on anime titles such as Visual Prison and Engage Kiss, will direct the upcoming Mashle anime series, while My Hero Academia anime franchise scriptwriter Yosuke Kuroda will handle the series composition.
Higashi Higashijima, who previously worked on the Sword Art Online: Progressive anime films, will handle character designs, which will be animated by A-1 Pictures.
The opening theme song “Knock Out” will be performed by Taiiku Okazaki, while the ending theme song “Creampuff Funk” will be performed by Philosophy no Dance.
Chiaki Kobayashi, who played Louis James Moriarty in the mystery drama anime Moriarty the Patriot, will play the upcoming anime’s lead character “Mash Burnedead”.
He will be joined by Reiji Kawashima (Fushi, To Your Eternity) as “Finn Ames”, Kaito Ishikawa (Sakuta Azusagawa, Rascal Does Not Dream) as “Lance Crown”, Takuya Eguchi (Hachiman Hikigaya, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU!) as “Dot Barrett” and Reina Ueda (Kanao Tsuyuri, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba) as “Lemon Irvine”, among others.
Mashle’s manga series had ranked 11th out of the 50 nominees in the 6th Next Manga Awards in 2020.
The manga was also nominated in the 67th Shogakukan Manga Award in 2021 for the shonen category, which was won by Tomohito Oda’s popular romantic comedy manga Komi Can’t Communicate.