- Episodes : 13
- Genre : Action, Adventure, Drama, Magic, Martial Arts, Fantasy
- Airing Date : January 7, 2020 - Ongoing
- Producers : Studio Deen
Majutsushi Orphen Hagure Tabi (Sorcerous Stabber Orphen) Preview
The 2020 edition of Orphen serves more as a faithful adaptation of its original light novel series. Orphen, whose real name is Krylancelo, is a 20-year-old sorcerer who has been on a 5-year journey in search of Azalie, his foster sister, who turned into a dragon as she attempted to experiment with the Sword of Baltanders. With the Tower of Fang—the institution he was raised in—officially recognizing Azalie as being dead after the experiment, Krylancelo leaves the Tower and changes his name to Orphen out of disgust and to cement his status as an orphan. Now that he has found Azalie, his former mentors and friends from the Tower are also after her so they can kill her. So what is it about Orphen that makes him a good person to go on an adventure with?
1. He Helps People
On the outside, Orphen comes across as lazy since he can’t afford to pay rent at the inn he stays at and can’t pay his tab at the inn’s bar. It’s not because he’s lazy, it’s because he’s willing to lend money to those in need. Prior to the beginning of the series, he lent a good amount of money to Volkan, a scheming dwarf who has no intentions of paying him back. In addition, he keeps his promise to teach Majic, the son of the innkeeper, the art of sorcery. Beyond giving out money to people who probably don’t deserve it, he’s willing to put himself in harm’s way to help a person or an entire village from a larger threat.
2. He Knows the Responsibilities of His Powers
Though he abandoned the Tower of Fang while he was a teenager, he knows that he still has to use his abilities in a responsible manner. Obviously, he could use his magic to make some quick cash, but he doesn’t. When he enters a village inhabited by residents who want to kill him, he refrains from using his magic on them knowing they wouldn’t be able to handle the impact. Instead, he uses his magic to flee and knowing when to flee and when to fight will be handy on a crazy adventure.
3. He Doesn’t Take Advantage of People
Orphen is a man that keeps his promises and doesn’t take advantage of people. When he tells Majic that he can teach him how to be a sorcerer, he actually does (despite leaving town with the impression that Majic and Cleao weren’t hiding in his wagon, but he left the town for good reasons) after Orphen and Childman confront Azalie. The audience might assume he’d just rip Majic off and not teach him anything but as it turns out, he’s already teaching him the basics. In addition, when Cleao knocks out an assassin that was about to fight Orphen, Orphen doesn’t exploit the situation as he waits for him to wake up and talk with him.
4. He Truly Cares About His Sister
Orphen is a man who sacrificed everything for Azalie. The flashbacks effectively demonstrate how close they were. After she turned into a dragon, he was the only one at the Tower of Fang who refused to give up on her. As stated earlier, he sacrificed everything (including his real name) just for her. When he finally finds her, he also has to deal with Childman and everyone else he knew from his childhood who want to kill her, as opposed to turn her back to normal. While he does cooperate to a certain extent, when it’s time to fight, he does everything he can to plea with Azalie hoping there’s still a bit of human left in her without wanting to resort to violence. Thanks to his undying love for his sister, that compassion can certainly be helpful on an adventure.
5. He Can Go Toe-To-Toe With Superior Beings
In addition to being able to somewhat hold his own against Azalie (as a dragon) without being too aggressive, he was able to defeat a Deep Dragon, an alleged god in the world of Orphen. While Orphen’s first confrontation didn’t go well, to the point that it temporarily hurt his mental state, when it came to the rematch, he was able to exploit his training and experience to see that even a god can have weaknesses. With the assistance of Majic’s natural magical abilities to manipulate light, he was able to bring the Deep Dragon to its feet. His distinguishing cleverness in such situations is a true testament to the United States Marine Corps creed (or meme) of “Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome,” and that makes him an amazing adventure companion.
Orphen may initially come across as private and distant, but once he opens up to you, he’s truly a valuable friend. Of course, the series does a great job of showing why he’s introduced that way but his journey truly portrays that the friends one makes along the way are the ones that create the value in it. Through his new friends, Orphen learns to find a new purpose in life beyond what he used to have with Azalie and at the Tower of Fang, and at the same time, he comes to peace with his past to create a brighter future filled with endless wonder. So if you went on a crazy adventure, would you like to have Orphen accompany you? Why or why not?