Japan has been using popular print media as a source of inspiration for their anime for a while now. Light novels fly off the shelves, with anime being a way to further boost sales. This year, three scheduled releases grabbed our attention. Coming straight out of the fantasy genre, these three light novel adaptations are sure to get fans and newcomers talking when they air. Here’s a look at them!
3. Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu (How Not to Summon a Demon Lord)
- What: Comedy, Magic, Fantasy, Ecchi
- When: July 5th, 2018 - Ongoing
Once upon a time, Sakamoto Takuma was a NEET who wielded an overpowered character in his favorite MMORPG, until he was summoned by two clumsy magicians into a fantasy world based on said game. A petite-cat eared girl named Rem and a busty elf called Shera tried to turn Takuma into their summoned monster. However, the spell rebounded, making them both his slaves. Forced to roleplay as his demon lord character, he is now known as Diablo. He and his new slaves seek a way to undo their mistake while Takuma tries to make sense of how he ended up in this predicament.
The first episode set the tone for the series. Diablo is imposing, although we the audience realizes he’s merely faking it, the rest of the inhabitants of this world do not. What new situations will this unusual roleplay create? We’ll have to keep watching to find out!
2. Goblin Slayer
- What: Action, Fantasy
- When: TBA Fall 2018
Eager to begin her new life as an adventurer, a young priestess sets out with her beginner party on a low ranked quest to kill goblins. Right at the start, the their group underestimates the dangers that await them. It doesn’t take long for the goblins to dismantle their group, killing and raping the party one by one. Before the worst can happen to the priestess, she is saved by an imposing man clad in armor. He is known as Goblin Slayer, and he exists solely to seek revenge on the nightmarish creatures that stole everything from him.
Goblin Slayer is the unrelenting tale of a man who has forsaken everything in pursuit of vengeance. He is ruthless, cunning and fearless in the face of countless goblins, a race of creature believed by adventurers to be weak and stupid. While adventurers typically ignore requests to deal with them, Goblin Slayer only accepts those quests. The light novel series has become so popular it has been adapted into two manga series, both of which we highly recommend.
1. Tensei Shitara Slime datta Ken (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime)
- What: Fantasy
- When: TBA Fall 2018
Reincarnating into another world is all the rage in isekai stories, however something seems to have gone wrong with this one. A 37-year-old office worker dies in a mugging only to find himself reincarnated as a slime in another world. Now, his first new friend is a dragon, he’s suddenly thrust into a struggle for power in a magical forest, and before he knows it, people are calling him master? Newly reborn Rimura Tempest’s life has gone from mundane to insane.
While not the strangest isekai reincarnation to ever come from Japan, Slime is definitely one of the better thought out ones. The series has been ongoing in novel and manga series for a while now, showcasing just how far a slime can go with the right skills. We’re anxiously awaiting to see what lies in store for the upcoming anime.
There are a lot of good fantasy novels getting anime adaptations lately. As more are announced, we’ll be sure to keep you updated on their developments. What are some of your favorites? Let us know in the comments, we’re eager to share!