The title for Majutsushi Orphen Hagure Tabi Season 2 is Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Battle of Kimluck (Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi Kimluck-hen).
In addition, Sorcerous Stabber Orphen OVA Episode 14 is already planned for May 2020. It’s the true ending to the first season and the final moments of Episode 13 already teased this conclusion.
But when will the second season of the Sorcerous Stabber Orphen remake come out? Yes, that’s right. Sorcerous Stabber Orphen 2020 is actually a remake of the entire Majutsushi Orphen Hagure Tabi anime series.
Similar to the Fruits Basket reboot, the Sorcerous Stabber Orphen remake was commissioned as part of a 25th-anniversary celebration of the franchise.
The Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Season 2 anime has been confirmed to be scheduled for January 20, 2021. The second season will have 11 episodes that are released in one Blu-Ray/DVD box set volume.
Way back in 1998, animation studio J.C. Staff produced the original anime TV series with 24 episodes. The following year Sorcerous Stabber Orphen 2: Revenge was released with 23 episodes.
So, the real question is whether Sorcerous Stabber Orphen 2020 Season 2 will focus on the parts of the story that the original anime series never adapted.
Majutsushi Orphen Hagure Tabi 2020 is being produced by Studio Deen, which is best known for the KonoSuba anime series (see our article on KonoSuba Season 3). Deen is also producing the Log Horizon Season 3 anime.
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen 2020 is being created by director Takayuki Hamana, writer Reiko Yoshida, and character designer Takahiko Yoshida.
On August 17, 2020, the official website for Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Season 2 announced that Akari Kito will be joining the Japanese voice cast playing the swordswoman Madchen Amick. They posted a video featuring the actress.
The Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Season 2 opening (OP) theme song music will be “Light of Justice” as performed by Showtaro Morikubo, the Japanese voice actor for Orphen. The ending (ED) has not yet been announced.
The first season of the 2020 remake featured the opening “Calling U” by Showtaro Morikubo and the ending “Unpredictable Days (Yoso Funo Days)” by Fuchigami.
Episodes are available on Hulu with English subtitles, while FUNimation is streaming the Sorcerous Stabber Orphen English dub.
The first season’s finale, Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Episode 13, broadcasted in Japan on March 31, 2020.
The unaired OVA episode, Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Episode 14: Celestial Artifacts, was bundled with the remake’s second Blu-ray box set, which released on May 8, 2020.
Updated January 21, 2021: Number of episodes for Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Season 2 anime confirmed.
Updated December 15, 2020: Added new trailer and key visual.
Updated November 30, 2020: Added OP info.
Updated October 5, 2020: Exact Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Season 2 release date confirmed!
Updated August 20, 2020: Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Battle of Kimluck release time frame confirmed! Added preview trailer and key visual.
Updated August 17, 2020: Added Akari Kito announcement video.
Updated April 1, 2020: Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Season 2 confirmed!
This article provides everything that is known about Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Season 2 (Majutsushi Orphen Hagure Tabi Season 2) and all related news. As such, this article will be updated over time with news, rumors, and analysis. Meanwhile, let’s delve down into what is known for certain.
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen 2020 compared to the light novels
The story for the anime series is based on the Majutsushi Orphen Hagure Tabi light novel series by author Yoshinobu Akita and illustrator Yuuya Kusaka. Written in the 1990’s, the original Wayward Journey series was 20 volumes long.
During that time frame, the author also created 13 spin-off light novels called Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Reckless Time. More comedic in nature, the side stories greatly expanded Orphen’s journey with light-hearted stories.
In November 2019, Akita and several guest authors released Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Anthology, a collection of original stories.
On December 9, 2019, Akita released a new book called Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Comicron’s Plan. The story was a prequel set four years after Orphen departed the Tower of Fangs to search for Azalie.
The light novels also spawned the Sorcerous Stabber Orphen manga series by Akita and illustrator Hajime Sawada. It finished back in 2001 with Volume 8.
The official English translation of the light novel series, both the originals and the spin-offs, were published by J-Novel Club. Unfortunately, only the first six light novels of the main series were ever translated.
Starting in 2019, Seven Seas released the Sorcerous Stabber Orphen manga in English.
Although the new anime is only 13 episodes long, the Majutsushi Orphen Hagure Tabi 2020 remake is apparently intended to adapt the main story of the original Wayward Journey light novels all the way to Volume 6.
In order to pull this off, only the major highlights of the first several volumes were adapted, and the side stories from Reckless Time were skipped.
The 2020 remake only has four major story arcs. Therefore, if you want to see more side adventures from Orphen’s original journey, then you’ll need to start watching the 1998 Sorcerous Stabber Orphen anime TV series.
The first four episodes of the 2020 anime skimmed the first three books, which is kind of shocking since Orphen catches up with Azalie by only Episode 3. Thus, Orphen’s major motivation for his entire journey is resolved at lightning speed in comparison to the original anime.
On one hand, it makes sense not to rehash the original story too much since the remake is intended to adapt six books.
But such quick pacing certainly does leave the first half of the anime remake feeling wayward since there’s no major goal Orphen is striving toward other than traveling to the Tower of Fang.
Episodes 5 through 7 (the story arc about the Deep Dragon of the forest) were based on Volume 4. Episodes 8 through 10 adapted Volume 5 (the Krylancelo clone assassin). Episode 11 through 13 adapted most of Volume 6.
That means OVA Episode 14 will pick up again in Volume 6. But where does that leave Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Battle of Kimluck?
With 14 books left in the series there is plenty of source material for a full second season. The good news is that the book series is long enough for even Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Season 3 to be made.
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Season 2 will likely pick up the story again with Volume 7: Convey My Will, Demon King! It will likely find a stopping point near Volume 10: Bow to My God, Traitor! Part 2.
The bad news is that J-Novel Club never released an official English translation for Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Volume 7. English-only readers will have to wait for Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Season 2 to watch what happens next.
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: New Stray Journey is a direct sequel to the original book series
Book readers who have already read the original series might not have heard about the direct sequel. From 2011 through 2015, Akita returned with Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: New Stray Journey (Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi Shin).
Measuring 10 book volumes long, the sequel is more than enough for an anime adaptation assuming the overall series ever gets that far.
Warning: The following synopsis provides major spoilers for some of the characters from the new anime.
The sequel continues the story of Orphen (Krylancelo Finrandi) and his friends by showing what happens decades later with Mayor MacCready, a new magic school, and a continent full of vampires.
After the disappearance of the magical barrier, the continent’s confusion is getting worse. The confrontation between the two world powers, the Aristocrat League and the Continental Sorcerer League, is becoming increasingly fierce, and Orphen is looking for ways to avoid the conflict by traveling to a new continent called Hara.
Flash forward in time, and it’s been 20 years since Orphen finished his original journey. As might be guessed, Orphen ended up marrying Cleao Everlasting, and they now have three daughters, all of whom have become Sorcerers.
Now known as the Demon King, Orphen has launched a new magic school. His former apprentice, Majic, now serves as a lecturer at the school.
Orphen decides to visit the mainland, and he provokes young sorcerers in a lecture at the Tower of Fang, inviting them to the Hara continent. He also visits with former alumni, including Leticia MacCready.
Just like she wished, Leticia now has a family of her own. Her son Mayor is the new main protagonist for the New Stray Journey series. Three years after Orphen’s visit, Mayor, along with his sister Bayjit cross to the Hara continent.
Everything is exciting at Orphen’s magic school. Not only are there new magical techniques, but there are also the three daughters of the Demon King.
However, this new continent is a harsh land where vampires walk the darkness. When vampires begin their assault, Mayor becomes involved in a war that splits the continent.
The war spreads across the country and quickly becomes a three-way battle when a gun-toting, anti-magic faction called Liberator tries to seize control.
Unfortunately, English-only fans will have to wait and hope that the series is translated in order to read what trouble Mayor MacCready manages to get into. Stay tuned!