The Slow Second Life of the Retired Dark Soldier in His 30s anime cast revealed

Cast members of the upcoming anime The Slow Second Life of the Retired Dark Soldier in His 30s, upper left Tomokazu Sugita, Akane Fujita, bottom left Rumi Okubo, Akari Kitou, and key visual.
Cast members of the upcoming anime The Slow Second Life of the Retired Dark Soldier in His 30s, upper left Tomokazu Sugita, Akane Fujita, bottom left Rumi Okubo, Akari Kitou, and key visual. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

The Slow Second Life of the Retired Dark Soldier in His 30s release date is in January 2023, the Winter 2023 anime season.

The story will adapt the Kaiko Sareta Ankoku Heishi 30-Dai no Slow na Second Life light novel series.

On October 8, 2022, the staff for the anime adaptation revealed the main Rokujuuyon Okazawa’s The Slow Second Life of the Retired Dark Soldier in His 30s cast.

Voice actors Atsushi Abe and Tetsuya Kakihara.
Voice actors Atsushi Abe and Tetsuya Kakihara. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

Who are the main cast members?

The Slow Second Life of the Retired Dark Soldier in His 30s cast members include:

  • Tomokazu Sugita – Dariel, who is a former Dark Soldier of the Demon Army
  • Akane Fujita – Marika, who is a kindhearted village girl
  • Atsushi Abe – Bashvaza, who is one of the Four Heavenly (Demon) Kings
  • Tetsuya Kakihara – Gashita, a rival adventurer with a chip on his shoulder
  • Rumi Okubo – Zeviantes, who is one of the Four Heavenly (Demon) Kings
  • Akari Kitou – Lady
Character designs for Gashita, Lady, Bashvaza, and Zeviantes.
Character designs for Gashita, Lady, Bashvaza, and Zeviantes. Pic credit: @ankokuheishi-anime.com

What is the plot of The Slow Second Life of the Retired Dark Soldier in His 30s?

The story centers on a Dark Soldier in the Dark Demon Lord’s army known as Dariel. Unlike the other demons, Dariel cannot use magic so uses his intellect and quick thinking in order to aid one of the Dark Lord’s most trusted captains (one of the Four Heavenly Kings, which include Bashvaza, Zeviantes, Bezelia, and Doroye). Unfortunately, Dariel is looked down upon because he is unable to use magic and he ends up being replaced by another demon.

Having been essentially fired from his position in the Demon King’s army, Dariel decides to set out on a journey in order to begin his new life. Unfortunately, he forgot to pack provisions and ends up collapsing from hunger in the middle of a forest. That’s when he has a chance encounter with a beautiful damsel in distress that is being chased by a demonic baboon.

Deciding to help the girl Dariel leaps into battle, but without magic and with little strength left he isn’t able to do much. That’s when he spots the girl’s knife and despite it being shameful for demons to use such weapons Dariel decides to use it. Mimicking the past moves he saw a hero use one he manages to defeat the monster. The girl whose name is Marika invites Dariel to her hometown of Atashi to prepare him a meal as thanks for saving her life.

Marika is a very forceful woman and literally drags Dariel back to her house where she swiftly introduces him to her mother and father. After he’s explained how he was recently fired and got lost in the forest Marika offers him a place to stay in their home. Dariel is wary of the offer because if the humans discover he is in fact a demon they will instantly kill him.

To make matters even more complicated Marika’s father just happens to be the head of the Village Guild and he wants Dariel to join the guild as an adventurer. Can a demon really become a hero? How will Dariel manage to register with the guild if a demon is unable to pass the registration test? Is this where his story ends before it’s even begun? We’ll have to watch the upcoming anime in order to find out.

Who are the production team members?

The Slow Second Life of the Retired Dark Soldier in His 30s production team members include:

  • Director – Fumitoshi Oizaki (Romeo X Juliet)
  • Animation – Encourage Films
  • Assistant Director – Yoshihide Yuuzumi (Onee-chan ga Kita)
  • Scriptwriter – Hitomi Amamiya (Merc Storia: The Apathetic Boy and the Girl in a Bottle)
  • Character Designer – Satomi Yonezawa
  • Music composer – Tsubasa Ito (I’m Standing on 1,000,000 Lives)

Where can I read the light novel series and manga?

From November 15, 2018 to July 30, 2022, Rokujuuyon Okazawa launched The Slow Second Life of the Retired Dark Soldier in His 30s via the Shousetsuka ni Narou (Let’s Be Novelists!) website. Later, on August 2, 2019, it was published with illustrations by Sage Joh under Kodansha’s Ranobe Books imprint and three volumes have been released as of March 2020.

On August 6, 2019, a manga adaptation by Rurekuchie began serialization in Kodansha’s Young Magazine the 3rd. On May 20, 2021, the series changed to being published in Monthly Young Magazine and its chapters have been collected into seven tankobon volumes as of July 2020.

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