Radiant (manfra)

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Cover art of the first volume of Radiant.jpg
Cover art of the first English volume published by Viz Media.
GenreFantasy, action, adventure
Written byTony Valente
Published byAnkama
English publisher
Original run2013 – present
Volumes11 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by
Produced byNHK
Written byMakoto Uezu
Music byMasato Kōda
Licensed by
Original networkNHK Educational TV
Original run October 6, 2018 – present
Episodes21 (List of episodes)
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Radiant (Japanese: ラディアン, Hepburn: Radian) is a French manfra series written and illustrated by Tony Valente. It has been published by Ankama since 2013 and currently has 11 volumes released in French. It was later published by the Japanese publisher Asukashinsha in 2015, making it the first French manfra to be published in Japan.[1] The series has been licensed by Viz Media in English since 2018 and currently has 4 volumes released. It is also available in other languages such as German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. The series received an anime adaptation by Lerche that premiered from October 6, 2018 to February 23, 2019. The anime has been renewed for a second season, which is scheduled to premiere in October 2019.


In the world of Radiant, monsters called Nemeses fall from the sky. These Nemeses contaminate everything they touch. People who survive their contact become cursed, but also gain the ability to wield the magic power known as "Fantasia", thus becoming Sorcerers. Seth, the protagonist of Radiant, is a teenage boy who has survived a Nemesis attack. He dreams of defeating all of the Nemeses and bringing peace between Sorcerers and the rest of humanity. To do so, he has to find the place where the Nemeses come from, the legendary Radiant, and destroy it. He and other sorcerers travel the region in search of Radiant whilst avoiding the Inquisition, an organization opposed to Sorcerers.


Seth (セト, Seto)
Voiced by: Yumiri Hanamori[2] (Japanese); Christopher Llewyn Ramirez[3] (English)
A fifteen-year-old boy that became a Sorcerer following a Nemesis attack he survived as a child ten years ago. The result of the attack gave him two small horns on his head. He aspires to end the Nemesis threat and bring peace to the Sorcerers and humans.
Mélie (メリ, Meri)
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki[2] (Japanese); Caitlin Glass (English)[3]
A girl with a split personality, she later becomes friends with Seth.
Doc (ドク, Doku)
Voiced by: Shintarou Oohata[2] (Japanese); Shawn Gann[4] (English)
A Research Sorcerer that works with Seth and Mélie.
Alma (アルマ, Aruma)
Voiced by: Romi Park[2] (Japanese); Monica Rial[3] (English)
A woman who is an experienced Sorcerer and Nemesis Hunter. She survived the same Nemesis attack Seth survived from ten years ago, losing her right arm. She since raised Seth and teaches him on controlling his Sorcerer powers. Although she acts somewhat hostile towards him, she is shown to be very caring and greatly knows how to use kindness to people.
Mister Bobley (ミスター・ボブリー, Misutā Boburī)
Voiced by: Makoto Koichi[5] (Japanese); Derick Snow (English)[3]
A bird-like creature and Mélie's closest companion
Dragunov (ドラグノフ, Doragunofu)
Voiced by: Kōji Yusa[5] (Japanese); Ivan Jasso (English)[6]
A captain of the Inquisition tasked with bringing in Seth alive.
Grimm (グリム, Gurimu)
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu[5] (Japanese); Eric Vale (English)[3]
A mysterious and powerful Sorcerer covered in bandages head to toe and speaks in the third-person.
Master Lord Majesty (マスター・ロード・マジェスティ, Masutā Rōdo Majesuti)
Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi[5] (Japanese); SungWon Cho (English)[7]
A cat-like being that is the leader of the Artemis Institute.
Yaga (ヤガ, Yaga)
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino[5] (Japanese); Doug Jackson[3] (English)
A wise, elderly Sorcerer who was Alma's mentor. He becomes Seth's mentor as well.
Miss Melba (ミス・メルバ, Misu Meruba)
Voiced by: Nao Tōyama[5] (Japanese); Sakyiwaa Baah[3] (English)
Torque (トルク, Toruku)
Voiced by: Kenta Miyake[5] (Japanese); Ray Chase[3] (English)
A general of the Inquisition. Also known as "The Beast".
Von Tepes (フォン・ツェペシュ, Fon Tsuepeshu)
Voiced by: Takuma Terashima[5] (Japanese); Ian Sinclair[3] (English)
Ulmina Bagliore (ウルミナ・バグリオーレ, Urumina Baguriōre)
Voiced by: Saori Hayami[5] (Japanese); Bryn Apprill[3] (English)
Lieselotte (リゼロッテ, Rizerotte)
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura[5] (Japanese); Jamie Marchi[3] (English)
Santori (サントーリ, Santōri)
Voiced by: Kenichi Ogata[5] (Japanese); Kent Williams[3] (English)
Piodan (ピオドン, Piodon)
Voiced by: Ryōhei Kimura[5]
Boss (ボス, Bosu)
Voiced by: Tetsu Inada[5] (Japanese); Marcus Stimac[3] (English)
Voiced by: Show Hayami[5] (Japanese); Barry Yandell[3] (English)



The manfra was written and illustrated by French author Tony Valente. It began publication on Ankama Éditions on July 2013 and currently has 11 volumes released.[8] It has been published by Viz Media in English since 2018.[9] Additional languages it has been published in are Spanish by LetraBlanka since 2016,[10] German by Pyramond since 2016,[11] and Italian by Mangasenpai since 2017.[12]


NHK announced the series on January 31, 2018. The series is an adaptation of French author Tony Valente' comic book series Radiant, which is published in Japan by Asukashinsha.[13] The series is directed by Seiji Kishi and Daiki Fukuoka[14] and written by Makoto Uezu, with animation by studio Lerche.[13] Character designs for the series are produced by Nozomi Kawano, and Masato Koda is composing the series' music.[2] The opening theme song is "Utopia" by 04 Limited Sazabys.[5] The ending theme song is "Radiant" by Polkadot Stingray.[15]

The 21-episode anime series premiered on NHK Educational TV from October 6, 2018 to February 23, 2019.[2][5] It is based on volumes 1 through 4 of the comic. The series is simulcast by Crunchyroll,[16] with Funimation producing an English dub as it airs.[17] In the season finale, it was announced that a 21-episode second season will premiere in October 2019.[18]

Episode List[edit]

No. Title[a] Original air date
1"The Young Sorcerer -Seth-"
"Mahōtsukai no shōnen -Seth-" (魔法使いの少年 -Seth-)
October 6, 2018 (2018-10-06)
2"True Courage -Bravery-"
"Hontō no yūki -Bravery-" (本当の勇気 -Bravery-)
October 13, 2018 (2018-10-13)
3"Day of Departure -Alma-"
"Tabidachinohi -Alma-" (旅立ちの日 -Alma-)
October 20, 2018 (2018-10-20)
4"A Meeting in the Sky -Encounter-"
"Ōzora no deai -Encounter-" (大空の出会い -Encounter-)
October 27, 2018 (2018-10-27)
5"A Paradise of Wisdom and Hope -Artemis-"
"Eichi to kibō no rakuen -Artemis-" (英知と希望の楽園 -Artemis-)
November 3, 2018 (2018-11-03)
6"Drops of Friendship -Melie-"
"Yūjō no shizuku -Melie-" (友情の雫 -Mélie-)
November 10, 2018 (2018-11-10)
7"The Beast of the Underground Water System -Monster-"
"Chika suidō ni hisomu mono -Monster-" (地下水道に潜む者 -Monster-)
November 17, 2018 (2018-11-17)
8"Proof of Strength -Progress-"
"Tsuyo-sa no shōmei -Progress-" (強さの証明 -Progress-)
November 24, 2018 (2018-11-24)
9"Those Who Hunt Heretics -Inquisition-"
"Itan o karu-mono-tachi -Inquisition-" (異端を狩る者たち -Inquisition-)
December 1, 2018 (2018-12-01)
10"Broom of Memories -Memory-"
"Omoide no hōki -Memory-" (思い出の箒 -Memory-)
December 8, 2018 (2018-12-08)
11"The City That Roars Like Thunder -Rumble Town-"
"Gōon to kensō no machi -Rumble Town-" (轟音と喧騒の街 -Rumble Town-)
December 15, 2018 (2018-12-15)
12"The Shadow Lurking in the City -Darkness-"
"Machi ni sukuu yami -Darkness-" (街に巣食う闇 -Darkness-)
December 22, 2018 (2018-12-22)
13"Overture of Turbulence -Storm-"
"Dōran jokyoku -Storm-" (動乱序曲 -Storm-)
December 29, 2018 (2018-12-29)
14"The Bell Tolls the Sound of Destruction -Catastrophe-"
"Hōkai no kanenone -Catastrophe-" (崩壊の鐘の音 -Catastrophe-)
January 5, 2019 (2019-01-05)
15"With Fists Like Shooting Stars -Burst-"
"Sono kobushi wa ryuusei no you ni -Burst-" (その拳は流星のように -Burst-)
January 12, 2019 (2019-01-12)
16"Fly High and Pierce Through the Storm -Rising-"
"Arashi ugachi maiagare -Rising-" (嵐穿ち舞い上がれ -Rising-)
January 19, 2019 (2019-01-19)
17"To Stop the Sound of the Wind -Serenade-"
"Ima kazenone o tomete -Serenade-" (いま風の音を止めて -Serenade-)
January 26, 2019 (2019-01-26)
18"The Light That Follows the Darkness -Awakening-"
"Yami no ato no hikari -Awakening-" (闇のあとの光 -Awakening-)
February 2, 2019 (2019-02-02)
19"The World That You Changed -Relief-"
"Kimi ga kaeta sekai -Relief-" (君が変えた世界 -Relief-)
February 9, 2019 (2019-02-09)
20"Omen -Sign-"
"Yochō -Sign-" (予兆 -Sign-)
February 16, 2019 (2019-02-16)
21"In Search of the Future -Utopia-"
"Mirai o motomete -Utopia-" (未来を求めて -Utopia-)
February 23, 2019 (2019-02-23)
  1. ^ All English episode titles are taken from Crunchyroll.


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