The off-the-wall fantasy follows Mash Burnedead, a non-magical body-building enthusiast who finds himself enrolled in Magic School; streaming this April.
Crunchyroll has just announced the new anime series, Mashle: Magic and Muscles, based on Hajime Komoto’s popular manga of the same name. The show takes place in a world where everyone has magic, except Mash Burnedead, a body builder determined to take on magic with muscle. This off-kilter magical fantasy has captivated fans globally with its absurdist visual gags against the backdrop of a magical world that gets flipped on its head by Mash’s muscles. The streamer will simulcast weekly episodes of the series in over 200 countries and territories this April after its premiere in Japan.
In the series, workout enthusiast Mash Burnedead has a secret. In a world where everyone can use magic, Mash cannot. He just wants to live a quiet life with his family, but he somehow finds himself enrolled in Magic School. There, he sets his sights on becoming a “Divine Visionary,” the elite of the elite. Will his ripped muscles work against the best and brightest of the wizarding world?
The Japanese voice cast includes Chiaki Kobayashi (Yuichi Katagiri in Tomodachi Game) as Mash Burnedead, a rare young man who cannot use magic, and although he crushes all types of magic with his well-trained muscles, he lacks common sense and tends to do as he pleases. Reiji Kawashima (Fushi in To Your Eternity) voices Finn Ames, Mash's dorm roommate. He is the serious one (Tsukkomi) of the group and Mash's first friend. Kaito Ishikawa (Tenya Iida in My Hero Academia) voices Lance Crown, a good-looking young man who ranked first among the transfer exam students. He has considerable magical power and is top of the class in academic performance. Takuya Eguchi (Loid Forger in SPY x FAMILY) voices Dot Barrett, an impulsive and noisy young man. He's the unpopular type with an intense hatred for good-looking guys. Reina Ueda (Kisa Soma in 2019’s Fruits Basket) voices Lemon Irvine, who has had a crush on Mash since he helped her during the transfer exams. She's imaginative, to say the least. Finally, Hiroaki Hirata (Vinsmoke Sanji in One Piece) voices the Narrator.
A-1 Pictures (Lycoris Recoil; 86 EIGHTY-SIX; Sword Art Online) produces the series, with Tomonari Tanaka (Engage Kiss) directing. Additional credits include series composition and screenplay by Yosuke Kuroda (My Hero Academia; Bastard!!; Heavy Metal; Dark Fantasy); character design by Hisashi Higashijima; action direction by Takeshi Matsuda (Naruto Shippuden: The Will of Fire key animation) and Hiroaki Goda (Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone key animation); art direction by Yusa Ito (Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night); with music composed by Masaru Yokoyama (Your Lie in April; 2019’s Fruits Basket).
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