In honor of the series’ 25th anniversary, the light novel Sorcerous Stabber Orphen is receiving a new adaptation this Winter. The story follows Krycelangelo Finrandi, a young man who was once a well-respected student at the Tower of Fang, where the most talented sorcerers go to study. But when his adopted sister Azalie is transformed into a monster, he abandons the Tower hoping to turn her back to normal.
The original Orphen anime aired back in 1998 and ran for two seasons; eventually getting a video game for PS2. The new series will be directed by Takayuki Hamana (Nanoha Reflection, Nanoha Detonation), while the series composition is being handled by Yoshida Reiko (Aria the Animation, Bakuman). Studio DEEN will be in charge of animation.
As for the quality of the new series, it all depends on what sort of adaptation we’re getting. Re-adaptations of older source material seems to be becoming more popular these days, from series like Fruits Basket to Hakyuu Houshin Engi making a comeback. And while it’s nice to see certain major series from the old days be introduced to new audiences and older fans get to enjoy the story with higher quality animation, ultimately Orphen‘s success depends on the purpose and quality of the new animation. Fruits Basket 2019 aims specifically to do a complete adaptation of the original manga. Meanwhile, Houshin Engi was a rushed series that stuffed two hundred chapters into 23 episodes of screen time. Will this new Orphen be the former or the latter?
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen airs January 7th, 2020.