I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss release date in October 2022: Ani-One Asia early streaming in September

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The I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss TV anime will premiere in Japan on October 1, 2022. Pic credit: Studio Maho Film

The I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss anime release date is on October 1, 2022, the Fall 2022 anime season.

The first episode will debut on Tokyo MX and MBS (October 1), WOWOW (October 5), AT-X (October 6), and BS-TBS (October 7).

However, for those impatient, Ani-One Asia will stream the series early, on September 24, 2022.

The I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss anime cast and staff

Studio Maho Film (In the Land of Leadale) is producing the series.

The staff members are, as follows:

  • Kumiko Habara — director
  • Kenta Ihara (Vinland Saga) — series composer
  • Momoko Makiuchi, Eri Kojima, Yūko Ōba — character designers
  • Natsumi Tabuchi, Hanae Nakamura, Miki Sakurai, Sayaka Aoki, Kanade Sakuma — music composers
The I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss trailer PV1 was released on July 28, 2022.

The Villainess cast members include:

  • Rie Takahashi —  Aileen Lauren d’Autriche
  • Yūichirō Umehara —  Claude Jean Ellmeyer
  • Toshiki Masuda —  Cedric Jean Ellmeyer
  • Jun Fukuyama — Keith Eigrid
  • Yūki  Ono —  Beelzebuth
  • Kana Hanazawa —  Lilia Reinoise
  • Tomokazu Sugita —  Almond
  • Hiroki Yasumoto — Jasper Varie
  • Shinichirō Kamio — Luc
  • Yūma Uchida — Isaac Lombard
  • Takuto Yoshinaga — Doni/Denis
  • Yū Miyazaki — Quartz

The OP theme song is “Kyо̄kan Sarenakute mo Ii Janai” by Rie Takahashi (who is also voicing MC Aileen), while the ED theme song is “Nomick” by ACCAMER.

The anime adaptation of the Villainess light novels was first announced in March 2022, whereby it was revealed that the series will premiere in Fall 2022. No exact date was specified at the time.

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The first trailer dropped on July 28, 2022, alongside the announcement of the main cast members.

The I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss light novels

The I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss (悪役令嬢なのでラスボスを飼ってみました, Akuyaku Reijō Nanode Rasubosu o Katte Mimashita) TV anime is based on the eponymous light novel series written by Sarasa Nagase and illustrated by Mai Murasaki.

The series was originally (May 2017) serialized on the Shōsetsuka ni Narō user-generated novel publishing website. In September 2017, Kadokawa Shoten took over and has published nine volumes since, under its Kadokawa Beans Bunko imprint.

The light novels inspired a manga adaptation by Anko Yuzu (2018-2019). The individual chapters have been collected in three tankōbon volumes.

Yen Press has licensed both the light novels and the manga adaptation in North America.

The plot follows a terminally ill girl, who plays otome games to escape her predicament. One day she wakes up as the protagonist of one of them, namely Aileen Lauren d’Autriche. Her virtual predicament is not a merry one, but being familiar with the routes, she sets out to seek the help of Claude Jean Ellmeyer, who just so happens to be the demon king.

If it sounds like a cliché plot, that’s because it is. Hopefully, the TV anime will provide a new take and original viewpoints.

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