The official account for the Black Summoner TV anime released the series’ second key visual.
The key visual released on Twitter showcases the lead character Kelvin and his companions Melfina, Efil, Sera, Rion, and Gerard. The overlaid texts hype up the new stage of battle Kelvin and his companions are expected to face as they enter the next phase of the anime.
Black Summoner Has a Light Novel, Manga, and an Anime
Black Summoner is a Japanese light novel written by Doufu Mayoi. Originally published on the Shōsetsuka ni Narō novel website in October 2014, and was later picked up by the Overlap Bunko imprint in June 2016. The books featured artwork by artist Kurogin. Gin Ammo did the illustrations for the manga adaptation serialized on the Comic Gardo website run by Overlap. In July 2022, the anime series for Black Summoner, developed by animation studio SATELIGHT, premiered.
Announced in February 2022, the anime adaptation was produced by animation studio SATELIGHT. SATELIGHT has a long history of producing anime, going back to 2001’s Earth Maiden Arjuna. Black Summoner is their most recent production. The Black Summoner anime is directed and written by Yoshimasa Hiraike. It premiered in July 2022 on Tokyo MX and is ongoing.
About the Black Summoner Anime
The voice cast for Black Summoner is impressive in both its Japanese and English iterations. Koki Uchiyama (Tomura Shigaraki in My Hero Academia) voices Kelvin in the original Japanese, and Van Barr handles the English Dub. Manaka Iwami (Tohru Honda in 2019’s Fruits Basket) and Bev Megato bring Efil, a half-elf bought by Kelvin, to life in the Japanese and English versions, respectively. The Goddess of Reincarnation, Melfina, is Kelvin’s companion and serves as an interactive game menu until she creates an artificial body. Reina Ueda (Kisa Sohma in 2019’s Fruits Basket) voices her in the Japanese version, and Tia Ballard (Yashiro Nene in Toilet-Bound Hanako) in the dub. Sera, the daughter of the former Demon King Gustav, is brought to life by voice actors Minori Suzuki (Japanese) and Alexis Tipton (English). Rion, a reincarnated hero summoned by Kelvin, receives their voice from Yume Miyamoto in the original Japanese anime. Gerard, a Blackghost Knight, is a monster contracted by Kelvin, who Yōsuke Akimoto (Dokuroxy in Maho Girls PreCure!) voices in Japanese and Bruce Carey in English.
Black Summoner is an isekai anime that tells the story of Kelvin, a young man reincarnated in a new place with the goddess Melfina serving as his guide and servant in the form of an interactive game menu. Kelvin has no memories from his previous life — the result of bartering them away for the advanced magic of a Summoner. Unfortunately, despite his skills, Kelvin has to start as an ordinary adventurer to prevent him from drawing too much attention to himself. He learns about his hidden disposition as a battle maniac as he adventures. Whether he’s fighting the Black Knight of the Ancient Castle of Evil Spirits or the demon from the Hidden Cave of the Sage, Kelvin finds that he revels in battles against formidable opponents.
Black Summoner is available for streaming on Crunchyroll, with new episodes dropping on Saturdays at noon PDT.