Ragna Crimson anime release date in 2023 confirmed by key visual

Key visual for the upcoming anime Ragna Crimson, featuring the dragon hunter Ragna and the witch who grants him a wish.
Key visual for the upcoming anime Ragna Crimson, featuring the dragon hunter Ragna and the witch who grants him a wish. Pic credit: @ragnacrimson_PR

The Ragna Crimson anime release date will be in 2023!

Silver Link Studio will be handling the animation production. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the series outside of Asia. Sentai Filmworks made this announcement during Anime Expo 2022.

On August 19, 2022, Ragna Crimson’s Twitter account announced the premiere time frame for the manga’s upcoming anime adaptation.

The tweet teased, “The one who challenges is the absolute strongest. Resisting is a forced fate.”

What is the plot of Ragna Crimson?

Volume 1 cover of Ragna Crimson, featuring dragon hunter Ragna and the mysterious witch that grants him power.
The cover of Ragna Crimson Volume 1, featuring dragon hunter Ragna and the mysterious witch that grants him power. Pic credit: Square Enix

The story is set in a medieval fantasy world that is overrun with dragons and a “dragon god” lurks in the shadows. A Dragon Hunter Guild is formed and those who hunt dragons are considered to be heroes in this world. The dragons are weak to sunlight and silver, and are the natural enemy and predator of humans.

Dragon Hunters train in how to slay dragons. There are two main methods. One is freezing their blood with the “Silver Aura” emitted by a silver weapon. The second method is simply cutting them down with a silver sword and burning their remains with sunlight. Afterwards, a Dragon Hunter can simply go to the guild and claim their reward.

The story centers on a young man named Ragna, who is a Dragon Hunter. Those around him think that Ragna is cursed due to the fact that dragons killed his parents and everyone who took him in afterwards. Only Ragna survived making the people around him believe Ragna is a “dragon lure”.

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One day, a young girl named Leonica, who is a prodigy Dragon Hunter and the strongest dragon hunter in the world, saves Ragna. Leonica decides that Ragna’s ability to lure dragons to him like a magnet is actually beneficial to her as a Hunter and makes Ragna team up with her.

Image from Chapter 1 of Ragna Crimson, featuring Leonica standing on a dragon's corpse.
Image from Ragna Crimson Chapter 1, featuring Leonica standing on a dragon’s corpse. Pic credit: Square Enix

Ragna never had much talent when it came to hunting dragons, but decided to entrust things to his ally and live his life in a carefree manner. At first, due to Leonica’s tomboyish appearance Ragna thinks she’s a boy, but later he discovers she’s a young girl.

Ragna treats Leonica like his “little sister” and even helps her to bathe and brush her teeth. Ragna sees Leonica as his “hero”, and merely wishes to be as useful as possible to her. However, Ragna isn’t a very powerful Dragon Hunter and he worries that he eventually won’t be able to continue to travel with Leonica on her dangerous dragon hunting quests.

While swordtraining Ragna suddenly sees a vision of his future self that warns him that if he remains as weak as he currently is he won’t be able to protect those he cares about. After that, Ragna suddenly sees a vision of the future – a horrible future where his friend Leonica is ripped to shreds by a powerful dragon. Having felt true despair from the vision, which continues to torment him as a nightmare every night, Ragna decides he must do everything he can to protect Leonica.

Image from Chapter 1 of Ragna Crimson, featuring the vision of the future, which Ragna must prevent.
Image from Chapter 1 of Ragna Crimson, featuring the vision of the future, which Ragna must prevent. Pic credit: Square Enix.

When a dragon with the ability to turn into a human shows up and starts wrecking havoc, Ragna knows the time has come to protect Leonica. Ragna tries to kill the Superior Dragon named Grumwelt, but fails.

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That’s when he is visited by a vision of his future self once more, who says its possible to pass on all the power he gained on his quest for revenge to his past self. However, his future self warns that this “gift” will come with a price, because that is what “she” said.

Who is the mysterious woman that granted Ragna his newfound power to fuse with his silver sword and produce the “Silver Aura” that is deadly to dragons? She may be the red-haired woman that is shown behind Ragna in the new key visual!

When the infamous “reaper of dragons” makes his appearances earlier in history will it be enough to change the blood-soaked future? Will Ragna be able to save Leonica?

Where can I read the manga?

Ragna Crimson is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Daiki Kobayashi. Since March 2017, it was serialized in Square Enix’s Monthly Gangan Joker and the manga’s chapters have been collected into ten tankobon volumes as of March 2022. The manga will enter its final arc starting with the 11th volume.

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