Old promotional art for the series, featuring Grea (left) and Anne (right).
|Rage of Bahamut: Manaria Friends|
|Illustrated by||Kenji Mizuda|
|Original run||8 May 2016 – 26 November 2017|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Hideki Okamoto|
|Produced by||Tatsushi Moriya|
|Written by||Satoko Sekine|
|Music by||Takashi Watanabe|
|Licensed by||Sentai Filmworks (Worldwide rights excluding Asia)|
|Original network||Tokyo MX, BS11, AT-X, J:COM TV|
|Original run||20 January 2019 – 24 March 2019|
Manaria Friends (Japanese: マナリアフレンズ Hepburn: Manaria Furenzu), formerly Rage of Bahamut: Manaria Friends (神撃のバハムート マナリアフレンズ Shingeki no Bahamūto Manaria Furenzu), is a Japanese anime television series based on the Rage of Bahamut social game. It was originally scheduled to premiere in April 2016, before being postponed and rescheduled to January 2019. The anime series is licensed worldwide excluding Asia by Sentai Filmworks.
Originally titled Rage of Bahamut: Manaria Friends, the series is an adaptation of the "Mysteria Academy" or "Manaria Mahō Gakuin" event in the Rage of Bahamut social game, and is unrelated to the earlier Rage of Bahamut anime, which was also adapted from the game. Cygames announced the adaptation in August 2015. The series was originally announced as being written and directed by Takafumi Hoshikawa, with animation by Studio Hibari. Megumi Ishihara was to provide the series' character designs and serve as chief animation director. Kenichi Kurata was the art director for the anime, and the music was to be composed by Takashi Watanabe. However, on 8 March 2016, all of the series' staff was removed "due to various circumstances." On 2 October 2018, it was announced that the series would be released as Manaria Friends, with CygamesPictures stepping in to animate the series. Additionally, Hideki Okamoto is directing, Satoko Sekine is writing the scripts, Minami Yoshida is providing character designs, and Takashi Watanabe is composing the series' music.
Broadcast and release
The series was scheduled to air as part of the Ultra Super Anime Time program of anime shorts from Ultra Super Pictures, alongside Space Patrol Luluco and the second season of Kagewani. It was to have premiered on 1 April 2016, and been broadcast on Tokyo MX, BS11, and AT-X. However, on 8 March 2016, it was announced that the series' broadcast had been delayed until further notice, and its slot in Ultra Super Anime Time block was filled by a rebroadcast of the 2014 series Puchim@s!! Petit Petit Idolm@ster, a spinoff of The Idolm@ster franchise. After the staff was replaced, it was rescheduled to premiere from 20 January 2019 to 24 March 2019.
Sentai Filmworks announced that they had acquired worldwide rights, excluding Asia, to the anime series. It was released under the title Mysteria Friends. The series ran for 10 episodes. On April 21, 2019, Sentai Filmworks released an English dub on HIDIVE.
|1||"Anne & Grea"|
Transcription: "An to Gurea" (Japanese: アンとグレア)
|20 January 2019|
|Anne and Grea are chitchatting during school breakfast, when an incident in the library forces Anne to leave her and try to fix it.|
|2||"Agony of Grea"|
Transcription: "Tatsuki modaeru" (Japanese: 竜姫悶える)
|27 January 2019|
|Grea is suddenly struck with a high fever and Anne goes through the "forbidden" archives of the library trying to find a way to cure her.|
Transcription: "Hime-sama no Kyūjitsu" (Japanese: 姫様の休日)
|3 February 2019|
|Anne and Grea spend the day shopping in town.|
Transcription: "Shiken kikan" (Japanese: 試験期間)
|10 February 2019|
|It is exam time at the school, and with everyone studying, Anne does not get to spend a lot of time with Grea.|
Transcription: "Gakuin kanraku" (Japanese: 学院陥落)
|17 February 2019|
|Monsters suddenly attack the school from within, and Anne sneaks in to find and rescue Grea.|
|6||"Floating at Sea"|
Transcription: "Umi ni uku" (Japanese: 海に浮く)
|24 February 2019|
|While the rest of the class is having fun at the beach, Anne and Grea go on their own private adventure.|
Transcription: "Kakurenbo" (Japanese: かくれんぼ)
|3 March 2019|
|Anne and Grea are on library duty and, in order to pass the time, they decide to play a game of hide-and-seek.|
Transcription: "Matsuri En no Ura" (Japanese: 祭演の裏)
|10 March 2019|
|The school play is about to begin when Grea starts to have stage fright and it is up to Anne to calm her down.|
|9||"A Slice of Life"|
Transcription: "Aruhi…" (Japanese: 或る日…)
|17 March 2019|
|It is winter season and Anne is sad and not on speaking terms with Grea, which may have dire consequences not just for the two of them, but also for the entire world.|
|10||"The Pair's Promise"|
Transcription: "Futari no chikai" (Japanese: ふたりの誓い)
|24 March 2019|
|Summer break is about to start, and with almost everyone leaving the school for the holidays, Grea realizes that Anne and her will soon be graduating and that they have very little time left together.|
- All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.
The series was highly appreciated by Western critics, both because of the high quality of the animation and the attractively depicted relationship between the main characters with a large number of homoerotism and lesbian subtext, which allowed Theron Martin from Anime News Network to relate this show to the best examples of the "slice of life yuri" works. Although he agreed that overly measured telling a story might seem boring and thereby repel many viewers, Theron recommended this series to those who like to enjoy the slice of life anime or are looking for a show with a lot of yuri potential.
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- Sentai Filmworks (12 April 2019). "Newest Recipe from our kitchen:
1 part dragon girl
1 part princess
1 part magic school
2 parts ...friendship
Mix accordingly. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Enjoy.
Mysteria Friends dub... coming soon to @HIDIVEofficial". @SentaiFilmworks. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
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