At the recent Aniplex Online Fest, a new trailer for the Mashle: Magic and Muscles anime adaptation confirmed a 2023 release window.

There is certainly no shortage of incredible anime series on the horizon for the 2022 Fall broadcasting slate. However, the world of manga is continuously pumping out new and exciting series that have the potential to become global TV success stories.

After a number of leaks starting the hype train going earlier in the year, fans of the Mashle: Magic and Muscles series were delighted to hear that an anime adaptation was in the works. Today, we can bring you the first teaser trailer for the new anime that confirms a 2023 release window and the first comments from the production staff.

Mashle anime adaptation confirmed for 2023

On June 21st, 2022, rumours began spreading online that a Mashle: Magic and Muscles anime adaptation was in the works. Thankfully, those leaks were proven true shortly after, with an anime adaptation of Hajime Komoto’s original manga series being announced through volume 12’s promotional placard.

At the recent Aniplex Online Fest event, the two new trailers for the Mashle: Magic and Muscles anime was shared online, confirming that the adaptation would premiere in 2023 – see below.

The official introduction reads: “The friendship and battles among the unique characters in the magical world and the surrealistic gags that are created by the characters have become a hot topic of conversation and are popular not only in Japan but also in countries and regions around the world. This abnormal magical fantasy with a unique worldview of muscles and magic will be fully animated in 2023! The anime will be fully adapted into an anime in 2023!”

As of September 2022, the only cast member to be revealed in Chiaki Kobayashi (Great Pretender, Sonny Boy, Seirei Gensouki) as Mush. Kobayashi commented to the series’ Japanese website how “I had enjoyed the original story as a reader for a long time” and that “I was really happy when I heard that I passed the audition.

“I will try to be able to make delicious cream puffs. Mush is a boy whose facial expression doesn’t change much and at first glance it looks as if he doesn’t know what he is thinking. But inside he is a straight and gentle boy who is very considerate of his friends and family. Because he is like that, I think he will be able to deliver words that will resonate straight to the hearts of both friend and foe alike. I am looking forward to the recording sessions. This work is loved by many people, and I am a fan of the work myself, so I will do my best to make it enjoyable. I will do my best so that you can enjoy it. Thank you very much!” – Chiaki Kobayashi , via mashle.

Director Tomonari Tanaka would add that “I’ve been reading “Mashle – MASHLE” since its serialization began and loved it. As one of the readers, I had always thought that one day it would be made into an anime, but I had no idea that I would be involved in the production as a director.”

“I had no idea that I would be involved in the production as a director. I wanted to keep the surrealistic aspect of the work “MASHLE” while creating a work that would make the fans laugh. I wanted to create everyday scenes that would make fans laugh uncontrollably, as well as magical battles that would make them hot. The entire staff is committed to creating a magical battle that will make fans laugh, and we hope you will enjoy the activities of Mash and his friends.
We hope you will enjoy the activities of Mash and his friends.” – Tomonari Tanaka, via mashle.

Where to read the original manga series

As of September 2022, 12 complete Tankobon volumes have been published in Japan across 124 individual chapters, with 3 million copies in circulation.

However, only eight of those volumes are currently available to read in English, with volume 9: Chapters 73-82, scheduled for November 15th.

Arguably the easiest and cheapest way to enjoy Mashle: Magic and Muscles in English is through Viz Media. The first and latest three chapters are available to read for free, with access to the entire catalogue only priced as a membership subscription of $1.99 a month.

Physical versions of the manga can also be purchased through Amazon, Book Depository, Waterstones and Bookshop.

Alternatively, digital copies can be acquired through Viz Media, Google Play, iBooks, Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook service.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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