Warner Bros. Japan has one big announcement for Christmas week.
Hugely popular manga Shumatsu no Valkyrie: Record of Ragnarok—which features grand battles between legendary human heroes against omnipotent gods from several different mythos—will be getting a TV anime series next year.
Warner Bros. Japan broke the announcement on Twitter, saying they will be producing the title while studio Graphinica will take the role as developer.
The new anime series will be directed by Masao Ookubo, featuring Kazuyuki Fudeyasu as series writer, Masaki Saito as character designer, and Yasuharu Takanashi as music composer. The opening theme will be Kamigami, performed by the band Maximum the Hormone.
The announcement also included some details about the cast. The confirmed voice actors include Miyuki Sawashiro as Brunhild, Tomoyo Kurosawa as Geir, Tomokazu Seki as Lu Bu, Hikaru Midorikawa as Thor, and Wataru Takagi as Zeus.
Warner Bros. Japan gives Record of Ragnarok a rather lengthy description:
"7 million Years of Human Civilization is coming to an end...Every 1000 years, all the Gods of the world gather in heaven to attend the "Conference of Mankind Survival'. All the Gods agree to bring an ultimate end to the mankind due to their past foolish acts but before the final verdict is made, Brunhild, the eldest of the 13 Valkyrie sisters make an objection.
'To spice things up, why donʼt you test humans?' Her proposal was to have God vs Humanityʼs final struggle also known as the 'Ragnarok,' where all the Gods from the world and champions from the entire human history enters 1 on 1 battle. The first team to win 7 battles out of 13 will be the winner. It seems almost impossible for the humans to win against the Gods.
Although Gods sneer at them, Brunhild makes further provocation; 'Are you chickening out?' That touches Godsʼ nerves and they accept her proposal in anger. Therefore, Brunhild and her sisters must choose 13 of the strongest champions throughout the human history. Will humans surpass Gods and make a stop to the ultimate end? The eschatological battles between heaven and earth finally begin!"
Shumatsu no Valkyrie: Record of Ragnarok was written by Shinya Umemura and Takumi Fukui and illustrated by Ajichika. It was first published in Comic Zenon magazine back in November 2017. The anime adaptation will air in 2021.
Watch the short preview of Record of Ragnarok below.