The Weakest Tamer Began a Journey to Pick Up Trash anime release date in 2023 hyped by new key visual

The Weakest Tamer Began a Journey to Pick Up Trash key visual for the upcoming anime adaptation.
The Weakest Tamer Began a Journey to Pick Up Trash key visual for the upcoming anime adaptation. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

The Weakest Tamer Began a Journey to Pick Up Trash release date will be in 2023. The exact time frame hasn’t been announced yet.

On November 10, 2022, it was announced that Honobonoru500 (story) and Nama’s (illustrations) The Weakest Tamer Began a Journey to Pick Up Trash (Saijaku Tamer wa Gomi Hiroi no Tabi Hajimemashita) fantasy, comedy, isekai light novel series is inspiring an anime adaptation!

The story is described as being a “heartwarming survival fantasy” about Ivy, a girl reincarnated as a timid and gentle tamer, and Sora the weakest type of slime she was able to tame that ends up being more special than expected.

The official website for the anime adaptation opened today, and a new key visual was released.

You can see the key visual, featuring the tamer Ivy and her slime Sora, here:

The Weakest Tamer Began a Journey to Pick Up Trash key visual for the upcoming anime adaptation.
The Weakest Tamer Began a Journey to Pick Up Trash key visual for the upcoming anime adaptation. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

My story The Weakest Tamer Began a Journey to Pick Up Trash will finally be adapted into a TV anime! I would like to thank my readers who have supported the story and cheered us on. Thank you very much. We are now working with an incredible team of people to turn the story into a wonderful anime. I am so excited to think that Ivy and Sora will be moving around on screen soon. I’m really looking forward to it and hope the fans are too.

Honobonoru500 commented at Natalie.mu

What is the plot of The Weakest Tamer Began a Journey to Pick Up Trash?

The story is set in a magical world called Ordoguz where people are granted skills along with “stars” that are the equivalent to god’s blessing. People that have skills without stars are rare and treated as though they’re aberrations.

An old saying exists in the world, “Behave or god will give you skills with no stars”. Starless people are treated as if god has abandoned them.

The story centers on a young girl named Ivy, who has memories of her past life as a Japanese girl. When Ivy turns five her mother and father take her to the church where she offers a prayer to god to see what her skills are. People with five skills are considered to be miracles, whereas it’s normal for people to have at least two skills.

Ivy discovers that she possesses the tamer skill, but is “starless”. There’s also something unreadable about her second skill. A one-star tamer has the ability to tame small animals that can deliver the mail in the village. A multiple-star tamer can tame strong monsters and become an adventurer. A starless tamer can’t even tame the smallest of animals, however.

Due to the fact Ivy is starless, she’s considered to be cursed and worthless to the village. A stray thought from her past life flits through Ivy’s mind, “This world is a crappy game”. Afterward, Ivy’s family shuns her until she’s forced to live alone in the nearby forest.

A kind fortuneteller takes pity on Ivy and gifts her a magic bag, potions, and some food. Three years pass, and Ivy studies plants, fruit, and herbs in order to find out which are edible and poisonous. Slowly, Ivy learns how to make potions, salves, how to set traps, how to butcher animals, and how to run long distances.

Ivy’s life is peaceful until the fortuneteller dies of a cold because the village chief refused to give the potion to someone who was associated with a starless. Ivy overhears her own father and the village chief talking about how Ivy needs to be killed and sent to god for the sake of the village. Ivy is forced to flee into the forest where she eventually encounters a small, weak, blue slime.

One touch would kill the slime it’s so weak. Ivy decides to tame the slime and names it Sora. Together, Ivy and Sora, set out on a journey as salvagers, and gather up other people’s rubbish in an effort to turn their lives around.

Where can I read the light novel series and manga adaptation?

Honobonoru500 is a Japanese writer best known for heartwarming stories about the bond between people and monsters, including Isekai ni Otosareta…Jouka wa Kihon and The Weakest Tamer Began a Journey to Pick Up Trash.

In November 2018, Honobonoru500 began serializing The Weakest Tamer Began a Journey to Pick Up Trash in Shousetsuka ni Narou (Let’s Be Novelists) website where it is still ongoing.

When the light novel series was released by TO Books in November 2019 it featured illustrations by Nama, who is a Japanese artist best known for illustrating multiple light novel series. Seven volumes of the light novel have been released so far. The 8th volume of the light novel series will be released on November 19, 2022 in Japanese by TO Books. 

The Weakest Tamer Began a Journey to Pick Up Trash light novel Volume 8, which will be released on November 19, 2022.
The Weakest Tamer Began a Journey to Pick Up Trash light novel Volume 8, which will be released on November 19, 2022. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

The light novel’s English version has been licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment, who released the first novel volume on October 25, 2022.

Later in February 2020, The Weakest Tamer Began a Journey to Pick Up Trash inspired a manga adaptation with illustrations by Tou Fukino, who is a Japanese manga artist. Three volumes of the manga have been released so far on TO Book’s web manga site Comic Corona. On November 15, 2022, the fourth volume of the manga will be released in Japanese.

The Weakest Tamer Began a Journey to Pick Up Trash manga volume 4, which will be released on November 15, 2022.
The Weakest Tamer Began a Journey to Pick Up Trash manga volume 4, which will be released on November 15, 2022. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

The manga’s English version has been licensed by Seven Seas for release in North America. Its first volume was released on June 14, 2022, and Volume 2 will be released on November 15, 2022 in English.

The Weakest Tamer Began a Journey to Pick Up Trash junior edition volume 2.
The Weakest Tamer Began a Journey to Pick Up Trash junior edition volume 2. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

There is also a version of this story for children with illustrations by Tobi. Two volumes of the junior paperback edition have been released so far. On January 14, 2023, the third volume of the junior bunko version will be made available.

Are you looking forward to the anime The Weakest Tamer Began a Journey to Pick Up Trash? Let us know in the comment section below!

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