Shogakukan announced that the manga “Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End” (Sōsō no Frieren) from author Kanehito Yamada and Tsukasa Abe is inspiring an anime adaptation. Shogakukan did not reveal the anime’s format, but revealed the below visual for the anime, and will announce more details at a later date.
The story follows elven mage Frieren, a former member of the party of adventurers who defeated the Demon King and restored harmony to the world after a ten-years-quest. In the past, the heroic group included Frieren, human hero Himmel, dwarven warrior Eisen and human priest Heiter. Before they part, they observe the Era Meteors together, a meteor shower that occurs once in fifty years. Frieren agrees to see them again and offer them a better view the next time the celestial event occurs. Frieren then departs and travels the world in pursuit of magical knowledge.
Frieren returns to the capital fifty years later; however, humanity has changed, and her former companions have distinctly aged. After one last adventure to see the meteor shower, Himmel dies of old age. During the funeral, Frieren expressed guilt for not attempting to learn more about him. Frieren then pays a visit to her other former comrades. She accepts an offer to teach and care for Fern, an orphaned child adopted by Heiter. She also receives an invitation to travel far north, to the resting place of souls, and see Himmel again to bid the hero a fitting farewell and express her feelings. To fulfill those requests, Frieren embarks on a journey together with Fern while still pursuing her passion for learning magic.
Yamada and Abe launched the manga in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine in April 2020.
The manga has won several awards, including the New Creator Prize for the 25th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2021 and the 14th Manga Taisho Award in 2021.
In addition, the manga was nominated for Best Shōnen Manga for Kodansha’s 45th annual Manga Awards in 2021 and the 46th awards in May.
The manga also ranked at #6 for male readers in the 2022 edition of Takarajimasha’s Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (This Manga Is Amazing!) guidebook, and ranked at #17 on the Da Vinci magazine’s 21st annual “Book of the Year” list for manga in December 2021