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Cover of the first DVD of Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Spell of the Dragon.
(Majutsushi Ōfen)
Genre Adventure, comedy, fantasy
Light novel
Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi
Written by Yoshinobu Akita
Illustrated by Yuuya Kusaka
Published by Fujimi Shobo
English publisher
Demographic Male
Imprint Fujimi Fantasia Bunko
Magazine Dragon Magazine
Original run May 1994September 2003
Volumes 20
Light novel
Majutsushi Orphen Mubouhen
Written by Yoshinobu Akita
Illustrated by Yuuya Kusaka
Published by Fujimi Shobo
English publisher
Demographic Male
Imprint Fujimi Fantasia Bunko
Magazine Dragon Magazine
Original run February 1996October 2003
Volumes 13
Light novel
Majutsushi Orphen Teshitahen
Written by Yoshinobu Akita
Illustrated by Yuuya Kusaka
Published by T.O Entertainment
English publisher
Original run September 2011September 2015
Volumes 10
Written by Yoshinobu Akita
Illustrated by Yuuya Kusaka
Published by Fujimi Shobo
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Dragon Magazine
Original run 19982001
Volumes 6
Anime television series
Directed by Hiroshi Watanabe
Written by Masashi Kubota
Mayori Sekijima
Studio J.C.Staff
Licensed by
Original network TBS
Original run 3 October 1998 27 March 1999
Episodes 24 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen 2: Revenge
Directed by Tōru Takahashi
Written by Mayori Sekijima
Studio J.C.Staff
Licensed by
Original network TBS
Original run 2 October 1999 26 March 2000
Episodes 23 (List of episodes)
Light novel
Slayers x Orphen
Written by Hajime Kanzaka, Yoshinobu Akita
Illustrated by Rui Araizumi, Yuuya Kusaka
Published by Fujimi Shobo
Demographic Male
Imprint Fujimi Fantasia Bunko
Magazine Dragon Magazine
Original run 20052005
Volumes 1
Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi - Wa ga Mei ni Shitagae Doll
Written by Yoshinobu Akita
Illustrated by Muraji
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Comp Ace
Original run March 2017 – present
Volumes 4
Anime television series
Original run 2019 scheduled
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Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (魔術士オーフェン, Majutsushi Ōfen, lit. "Sorceror Orphen") is a series of Japanese fantasy adventure novel and manga, two anime television series (Sorcerous Stabber Orphen and Sorcerous Stabber Orphen 2: Revenge), and a video game.


Krylancelo Finrandi once attended the most prestigious school of sorcery on Kiesalhima continent, the Tower of Fang. He was sent there as a young child from an orphanage, along with another orphan girl called Azalie. Throughout the years, the two were very close, with Azalie becoming more and more powerful and Krylancelo looking up to her as a sister/mother figure and a best friend. It isn't until one day, Azalie's thirst for knowledge and extracurricular experimentation backfire, and she is horribly transfigured into a hideous creature, a dragon-like beast that departs the Tower in an animal fury, leaving Krylancelo behind. The Fang Tower, however, is unsympathetic. They promote the belief that Azalie is dead in order to cover the grievous error that resulted in her unimaginable transformation, a terrible scandal that would surely destroy the school's reputation and authority. People whom Krylancelo thought were his friends suddenly seem as though they are strangers, even enemies, going along with the Tower's pretense rather than challenge their authority. Furious that they will do nothing to help her and are instead determined to track down the Bloody August and destroy it before the truth can come to light, Krylancelo renounces his former self, declaring Krylancelo to be dead and that he is, instead, Orphen.

After five years, he finds himself living in the quiet town of Totokanta and taking on a student - Majic Lin, his landlord's son. Life is quiet and fairly lazy until the day Cleao Everlasting comes home from boarding school, and stumbles into Orphen's quietly laid plans for the sword that sits on her family's mantle: the Sword Of Baltanders. It turns out that the sword is actually one of three magical artifacts that Orphen will need if he is to save Azalie, and, in fact, was the very sword Azalie used in her experiment that ended with her unfortunate transformation. Before he can obtain it, however, the Bloody August assaults the town looking for the sword, and soon after, Tower's forces show up as well.

To find the other Baltander's relics, Orphen sets off with his apprentice, little miss Everlasting and two short-statured misfits, but at all times they need to stay ahead of the Tower of Fang and its sorcerers, who all believe that bringing Azalie back to her former state would reveal their oversight in containing her increasingly dangerous magic, a mistake so great it could bring the Tower down - and, of course, ahead of Azalie herself who, as the dragon is more powerful than both Orphen and the Tower. Orphen is driven solely by the need to transform Azalie back into her human self at even the cost of his life. But restoring Azalie ends up being only the beginning...


Main characters[edit]

Orphen (オーフェン, Ōfen)
Voiced by: Shoutaro Morikubo (Japanese); David Matranga (English)
Orphen, the title character, is known for his arrogance, gruff demeanor, short temper, and near-obsessive drive to finish what he is working on as soon as possible without distraction. He also strives to remain stoic and detached from others save his closest friends and allies. However, he has a strong sense of humanity and even though he will complain, he will not abandon a person in need nor tolerate the slaughter of innocent. He is partly an anti-hero throughout the entire series. In the anime, the only time his attitude changes is when the subject of Azalie is brought up. He will do anything for Azalie, as they have quite a history together, but Orphen keeps his feelings and the story about Azalie to himself at first, only opening up later in the series. However, in the novels, he opens up about Azalie fairly quickly. He and Azalie were brought to the school together because it was believed that they possessed a strong amount of magical power within them. This proved correct; Orphen was a magic prodigy. Orphen eventually becomes the greatest sorcerer in the world. His true name is Krylancelo Finrandi (キリランシェロ・フィンランディ, Kiriranshero Finrandi), and the sorcerers from the Tower of Fang (Hartia, Azalie, Leticia, Childman, and Flameheart) still refer to him like that. In the novels, Orphen is characterized slightly differently, being more rough, profane and seemingly unstable than his anime portrayal. He suffers from increasing megalomania and what seems to be a type of dissociative identity disorder in which he sometimes thinks of Krylancelo and Orphen as different people. However, through the company of his apprentice, Majic and the heiress Cleao Everlasting, he steadily becomes more at peace with himself and learns to accept who he is. In the novels, he gains the dark magic of a Deep Dragon and the power of Swedenborg(a Demon God), though this can tax on his sanity when he utilizes it for too long. By the end of the original novella series, Orphen is living in relative obscurity on the outskirts of the continent with his wife, Cleao Everlasting and their daughters, Ratsbane, Edge and Ratchet. By the age of 40, he becomes the head founder of his own magic academy known the Swedenborg School of Sorcery.
Cleao Everlasting (クリーオウ・エバーラスティン, Kurīou Ebārasutin)
Voiced by: Mayumi Iizuka (Japanese); Shelley Calene-Black (English)
Cleao is the main female protagonist that joins Orphen on his journey. In the first anime, she carries the Sword of Baltanders, which was entrusted to her by her father on her fifteenth birthday, and lets Orphen hold onto it as long as he does not object to her tagging along. Cleao also carries in her backpack a Deep Dragon wolf-cub named Leki. She and Orphen constantly quarrel, but she does so to hide her growing affection for him and secretly longs for him from afar. She and Orphen eventually marry at the end of the original novels and have three daughters. She trains with a long sword and quickly becomes proficient with it as she journeys with Orphen and Majic, even able to duel on even grounds with other highly skilled swordsmen. It is later discovered that Cleao has magical potential, which is unlocked due to Leki merging his mind with hers and she eventually seeks training from Leticia to develop her latent abilities, which she completed in a year's time. She also learns how to handle a gun.
Majic Lin (マジク・リン, Majiku Rin)
Voiced by: Omi Minami (Japanese); Spike Spencer (English)
Majic is Orphen's apprentice, and the second male lead. He is a childhood friend of Cleao's, but in the manga they are not close friends since she's three years older than he is, and she also spent a long time at boarding school. In the anime, they were in the same grade in school, but she has since moved on to boarding school. Majic deals with the torment from both Cleao and Orphen on their journey together to save Azalie. His father is paying Orphen to teach him, which at first seems a waste of money to his father. When Orphen repairs a glass that fell with his magic before the father's eyes, the father's opinion about his money being "thrown out the window" disappears. Majic appears to be a good student, learning as much as he can, and retaining all of what he learns, although his anxiety tends to get the better of him when it comes time to prove himself. Orphen, however, sees significant potential in Majic and encourages him in his training. This gives him courage, which makes his power stronger. Majic looks up to Orphen, and refers to him as "master" upon Orphen's request. All sorcerers call their "teachers", who teach them sorcery, "master." By the end of the novels, Majic has become a famous, world-renowned sorcerer and even takes on Ratsbane, Orphen and Cleao's firstborn child, as his apprentice.
Leki (レキ, Reki)
Voiced by: Konami Yoshida (Japanese); Suzanne Wilkins (English)
One of the race of Deep Dragon (changed to Wolfen in the English Dub), Leki is a cub who is found and adopted by Cleao, although perhaps it could be said that Leki adopted Cleao, as adult Deep Dragons are more powerful and intelligent by far than humans. Like all Deep Dragons, Leki resembles a wolf rather than a reptilian dragon, and when he uses his innate powers, his eyes will glow a bright green color. As Leki is still very young, he often exhibits young animal-like tendencies, such as chasing after a butterfly. He protects and defends Cleao whenever he feels the need to, or when Cleao orders him. She's very good to him; in fact, Cleao often treats him better than her two male companions, Orphen and Majic. Leki will not only protect Cleao, but anyone who he sees in danger. In the first anime, Leki's collar belongs to one of the three artifacts from the Aisle of Balthanders, the Bracelet of Nomafrozis. In the novel, Leki is eventually able to use telepathy to speak with his human companions and released Cleao's hidden magical potential by linking his mind with hers. Throughout the novel series, Leki grows from a small cub to the size of a large dog.
Volkan (ボルカン, Borukan)
Voiced by: Kazue Ikura (Japanese); John Swasey (English)
One of the two short-statured brothers who follow along with Orphen on his quest. He frequently refers to himself the "Masmaturian Bulldog". Volkan always comes up with their plans (which usually turn out to be poorly thought out, utterly bad ideas, and almost never work). He hates Orphen (whom he refers to as "the black wizard") and his companions, and always finds a way to ruin whatever they had in mind. It is his fault that Orphen often must use his magic on them to make them go away (himself and Dortin). Volkan wants only power and money. Any scheme he has in mind has the end result of getting him one of the two. None of his schemes ever work, however. He constantly bosses Dortin around in a very comical fashion.
Dortin (ドーチン, Dōchin)
Voiced by: Hekiru Shiina (Japanese); Hilary Haag (English)
Volkan's younger brother. Dortin and Volkan are often viewed as comic relief throughout the series. They are two trolls who are always low on money, and seem to always find a way to mess up whatever Orphen is trying to accomplish. They work in Cleao's basement, cutting up food and whatnot; she is their employer. In regards to his character, Dortin is the voice of reason (that is never paid any attention to) on his and Volkan's quests. He is kind and knowledgeable, but his swirling glasses give him a rather geekish appearance. When Volkan messes up, Dortin always tries to tell Orphen he had no part in Volkan's schemes, but they both wind up being victims of Orphen's magical blasts anyway. Dortin is shown to be quite caring and loyal, as he begs Orphen for help in saving his brother from mushroom poisoning and, later, in defying Volkan's "order" to run from danger when a friend needed his help.
Lycoris/Licorice Neilson
Voiced by: Tomoko Kawakami (Japanese); Luci Christian (English)
A new character that appears in Season 2 searching for Orphen and journeys with him in order to turn him into the Royal Order. She is a kind, clumsy shy girl who wears glasses which she tends to lose. She has a lot of secrets and is in fact being manipulated.

Supporting characters[edit]

Azalie Cait Sith (アザリー・ケットシー, Azarī Kettoshī)
Voiced by: Emi Shinohara (Japanese); Christine Auten (English)
She's Orphen's foster sister, best friend - and the Bloody August. They were in the same orphanage and came to the Tower of Fang together, believed to be magical prodigies. She tutored him a lot, and gave him special attention. She was a great sorcerer - maybe one of the greatest, and is referred to as the "Demon Sorceress" by some at the Tower. However, she had two sides to her. There was the kind, loving Azalie, and then the, as Orphen says, "scary" Azalie. After having her love declaration to someone else rejected, she seemed to be almost obsessed with her studies; she wanted more power, and one of her experiments turned her into Bloody August - name given to the dragon that first appeared in August. In the novels, Azalie is returned to a human state fairly early in the series, but her mind has been warped by her time spent as the beast and the cruelties endured by those in the Tower who had been hunting her. Vengeful, her main goal is to destroy the Tower, which leads her to becoming a major antagonist in the series. She becomes increasingly unstable and Orphen is often torn between his attachment to her and his horror at her remorseless violence.
Childman Powderfield (チャイルドマン・パウダーフィールド, Chairudoman Paudāfīrudo)
Voiced by: Jouji Nakata (Japanese); Jason Douglas (English)
Orphen, Hartia, and Azalie's Master. He is Orphen's primary antagonist for the better part of the anime, as Orphen believes he really wants to kill Azalie. Hartia tries to convince Orphen that Childman isn't his enemy, but in the end, it fails. In actuality, he was trying to procure the three talismans in order to restore Azalie himself since he felt personally responsible for the tragedy that befell her. And at some point, things get even worse; when he tries to face the Bloody August, Azalie uses white magic to take over his body, leaving Childman's soul trapped within the Bloody August. In the novels, however, Orphen continues to train under Childman after leaving the Tower, doing somewhat unsavory odd jobs for him that he does not wish to bring to the notice of the Tower.
Hartia (ハーティア, Hātia)
Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu (Japanese); Randy Sparks (English)
Orphen's childhood friend and fellow sorcerer. They met at the Tower of Fang. He is on Childman's side, instead of Orphen's, however, making it seem as though Hartia is Orphen's enemy. However, Hartia truly cares about Orphen and considers him to be his best friend. He is also a fan of the (fictional) manga, Black Tiger, and assumes the guise of its main character and namesake on occasion. However, the manga is fairly obscure, so Majic mistakenly assumes his name refers to the Penaeus monodon, a type of prawn sometimes called "Black Tiger", resulting in Hartia's receiving the nickname, "Shrimp Man", much to his own chagrin. The Black Tiger costume that he dons is actually a magical garb that was owned by the original (real) Black Tiger from over 150 years ago and retains his consciousness within the mask. Hartia's appearances are slightly less prominent in the novel series, though his origins are similar.
Flameheart (フレイムハート, Fureimuhāto)
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (Japanese); Ty Mayberry (English)
Childman's rival in the Tower of Fang and enemy to Orphen and Azalie. Although he ranks closely to Childman in terms of recognition, it is heavily implied that his mother Lady Shastanassie, one of the Elders, has influenced this. Indeed, he seems to rely on her for everything from emotional consolation to advice in his endeavors. Deprived of her guidance, he becomes quite mentally unstable, as seen at the end of the first season. Childman himself later states that Flameheart actually had very little strength or potential as a sorcerer. Flameheart is an original character that only appears in the anime.
Leticia MacCredy (レティシャ・マクレディ, Retisha Makuredi)
Voiced by: Kotono Mitsuishi (Japanese); Alissa Alban (English)
A childhood friend of Orphen, one of his classmates at the Tower, though she is a few years older. She had a bitter rivalry with Azalie, in spite of the fact that they are cousins, and are often depicted as fighting in the novels, although Leticia is not nearly as powerful as Azalie and rarely wins in their contests. Her most notable strength is the gift of vocal manipulation, which earned her the nickname "The Scream of Death" while in her studies at the Tower. Later, she is made the Inquisitor of the Tower. She is currently a member of the Tower of Fang and seems to hint at being in love with Orphen. Orphen shortens her name to Tisha in most cases. She appears in volumes five and six of the manga, and is seen throughout nearly all of the original set of novels. At Cleao's behest, she becomes the heiress's master in the art of sorcery.
Voiced by: Sakiko Tamagawa (Japanese); Karen Coffer (English)
Orphen's old partner. Stephanie used to be a sorcerer named Stephan until he was mortally injured in a battle and had to use all of his remaining power to heal himself. During the healing process, Stephan made some other changes, and is now Stephanie. Now she works as an archaeologist deciphering runes of the 'deities' (called the Nornir or "The Heavenly Ones") that fought against the sorcerers years ago. She is first introduced in the series when the group goes to Alenhatan and her familiarity with Orphen makes Cleao jealous at first. She still lives in Alenhatan and has a boyfriend named Tim (who she eventually marries) but still often seen helping Orphen and the others when they need someone who knows how to read and use the Nornir language/symbols.
Voiced by: Katsumi Toriumi (Japanese); Vic Mignogna (English)
Lai is a sorcerer that goes to the Tower of Fang that is friends with Hartia and is one of Childman's apprentices. Lai is portrayed as a powerful seer and is able to find people or things if he goes into a deep meditation. He can also tell people's 'presence' apart, something that gets him in trouble and sealed into ice by Azalie (who was possessing Childman's body at the time) because he noticed that her presence wasn't in the Bloody August anymore. Lai is an original character that appears only in the anime continuity.
Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (Japanese); Kelly Manison (English)
She is Cleao's older sister and is seen at the beginning of the anime. She first saw Orphen when he was watching over the Sword of Baltanders and thinks he was watching her (and thinking him handsome she develops a crush on him). She and Cleao at some point were kidnapped by the Bloody August to get Orphen to give the Sword over, but both were eventually rescued by Orphen.
Voiced by: Asako Shirakura (Japanese); Kira Vincent-Davis (English)
An anime original character. She is a student of Hartia's whom harbors a crush on Majic and tends to wear magical girl costumes.
Voiced by: Konami Yoshida (Japanese); Hilary Haag (English)
The main villainess of Orphen: Revenge. She is a creature known as Sorcerous Beast, a destructive monster that absorbs and devours all forms of magic.
Esperanza Reika
Voiced by: Megumi Hayashibara (Japanese); Tiffany Grant (English)
Older sister of Lycoris.


Light novels[edit]

The series Orphen came about when author Yoshinobu Akita with Yuuya Kusaka as illustrator created a series of light novels called "Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi." It consists of 20 novels which were first published by Fujimi Shobo under their Fujimi Fantasia Bunko label in the Monthly Dragon Magazine between 1994–2003, and was the basis for the first anime and manga series.

Two years after the beginning of the main novel series, Yoshinobu Akita created a second series called "Majutsushi Orphen Mubouhen," which is a collection of side-stories that depicted more light-hearted and comedic adventures that took place during Orphen's journey. The novel series spanned 13 volumes between 1996–2003, which were published the same way as the first series.

As of late 2012, T.O Entertainment have released a brand new series of the Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi novels. Orphen is now older and is married to Cleao, both of whom give birth to three daughters that become Sorcerers. Majic is a Sorcerer lecturer at the new school that Orphen runs. Orphen is known as the "Demon King" due to his exploits in the original novels. The books are published in a standard version and also a special edition version which comes with a behind the scenes booklet about the book and a Drama CD which is based on the new novel series itself. The original Orphen novel series received a reprint as well.

The Slayers vs. Orphen novel was a special collaborative novel between Yoshinobu Akita and Hajime Kanzaka and was published in 2005. It was later reprinted in 2013.[1]

During their panel at Anime Expo 2018, J-Novel Club announced that they have licensed the light novels.[2]


The manga adaptation was created by writer Yoshinobu Akita and artist Hajime Sawada. The first volume was released stateside by ADV Manga in March, 2005. It tells us about Azalie, Orphen's foster sister and best friend from six years ago, much sooner than the anime does. In the first manga, we are told almost exactly what the eighth episode (titled "Azalie") of Sorcerous Stabber Orphen tells us about her. The story in the manga follows the anime but more the Novels almost exactly, except for information coming up earlier, or later.

The Sorcerous Stabber Orphen manga was created by Yoshinobu Akita and Yuuya Kusaka. The manga is split into two separate series: Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi, which is six volumes long so far, and the two volume side story known as Majutsushi Orphen MAX. The first volume of the manga series was released in 2005 by ADV Manga.

There is also a special manga that was released called "Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Special Parody," or "Majutsushi O-fuen Haguretabi Spesharu Paarodi." It is a collection of doujinshi of Orphen put into one volume of Orphen.

A new ongoing manga adaptation based on the main novels (or "Stray" arc) was created and released by Yoshinobu Akita and illustrator Muraji in March 2017. In July 2018, Seven Seas Entertainment announced their acquisition of the manga's license for English distribution.[3][4]

In August 2018, a manga adaptation based on the light novel spin-off series, "Sorcerer Stabber Orphen: Reckless Arc" or "Majutsushi Orphen: Mubō-hen", was released. It will be written and illustrated by Yu Yagami (The author of Those Who Hunt Elves) [5]


The Sorcerous Stabber Orphen anime series was produced by TBS/Bandai and first released in Japan in 1999, then in North America on DVD by ADV Films in 2001. It features a combination of a fantasy setting, action and gag comedy. It is 24 episodes in length.

A second series called Sorcerous Stabber Orphen 2: Revenge, or Orphen Revenge was later broadcast. The second anime series was released on DVD in North America in December 2003 by ADV Films. It is 23 episodes in length. In 2009, Sentai Filmworks released a box set featuring the two seasons of Orphen in an economic box set.[6]

A new TV anime adaptation has been announced to commemorate the series' 25th anniversary.[7]

Video game[edit]

A single player console role-playing video game was released for the PlayStation 2 in 2000 by Kadokawa Shoten in Japan as Sorcerous Stabber Orphen and by Activision in North America and Europe as Orphen: Scion of Sorcery. It included a whole new adventure and a few video scenes with more sophistication but a minor difference in the voices and personalities of the characters. Reviews of the game were mixed.


The novels have over 10 million copies in print.[8]


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