The dark fantasy anime The Witch and the Beast has received a third key visual that serves to promote the upcoming “Demon Sword Arc” that will begin in Episode 6. The illustration depicts The Dauntless Witch Helga Velvette, a key player in the arc, wielding the Demon Sword Ashgan and emanating magical energy while staring down a number of floating blades.
The Witch and the Beast began airing on January 11 and is streamed outside Japan by Crunchyroll. The show is based on the Kodansha-published manga by Kousuke Satake, which Kodansha USA describes as:
Ashaf: a soft-spoken man with delicate features, a coffin strapped to his back, and an entourage of black crows. Guideau: a feral, violent girl with long fangs and the eyes of a beast. This ominous pair appear one day in a town in thrall to a witch — a ruler with magic coursing through her tattooed body, who has convinced the townsfolk she’s their hero. But Ashaf and Guideau know better. They live by one creed: “Wherever a witch goes, only curses and disasters follow.” They have scores to settle, and they won’t hesitate to remove anyone in their way, be it angry mob or army garrison.
A dark fairytale set in a steampunk world of magic and monsters, The Witch and the Beast will entice and entrap manga readers looking for their next fantasy action fix!
The manga began serialization in Young Magazine Third in 2017 and later moved to Monthly Young Magazine in 2021. There are 10 tankoubon volumes as of August 2022. The manga is currently on hiatus due to Satake’s health.
• Director: Takayuki Hamana (Rakudai Majo: Fuuka to Yami no Majo, Sorcerous Stabber Orphen)
• Character designer: Hiroya Iijima (Jujutsu Kaisen curse designer)
• Series composer: Yuuichirou Momose (My Daughter Left the Nest and Returned an S-Rank Adventurer)
• Sub-character designer: Kei Tsuchima (Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Seiran co-character designer)
• Music composer: Hanae Nakamura (The Kingdoms of Ruin co-composer) and Natsumi Tabuchi (The Gene of AI co-composer)
• Animation production: Yokohama Animation Lab
• You Taichi as Guideau
• Toshiyuki Morikawa as Ashaf