The anime adaptation of the Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor light novel series is a production of Liden Films. It is directed by Minato Kazuto with series composition by Tōko Machida, music by Hiroaki Tsutsumi and character designs by Satoshi Kimura.
[Note 1] This story is set in a world where magic is real and anyone can use it with varying degrees of success by learning at academies around the world. At the very best of all academies, Sistine Fibel, a talented female mage student with family wealth and an attitude to back her up, learns in hopes to become a mage archaeologist. In doing so, she plans to fulfill her grandfathers dream in uncovering the secrets of a floating castle in the sky (AKA Sky Castle) from an ancient civilization which no one knows much about. When her favorite teacher inexplicably leaves, her class gets a substitute instructor who doesn't quite measure up to her high expectations.
Enter Glenn Radars, a lazy shut-in whose only goal seems to be doing the least amount of effort and still being able to mooch off powerful mage, Celica Arfania, another teacher at the academy. After bumming off the woman for a year, she seizes the opportunity to get him a job when a position opens up at the academy. While she only seems to be doing this to get him out of her house, in truth she knows he'll excel at such a job.
At first, he seems to care for nothing, but as time goes on he starts to actually want to teach his students, and is much better at it than most instructors. Instead of teaching new spells, he decides to raise their understanding of magic itself. A new and unorthodox teaching method that most wouldn't understand or care to waste time on, but Glenn pulls it off with finesse. Making it easier to understand, but also instilling a deep respect for the art in his students as well. He has a dark past as a military mage, so he tries, and succeeds in showing his student that magic is dangerous and there are consequences to all actions taken without the necessary judgment skills involved. Rather than thrusting them into the magical world by teaching only what's in the textbook, he shows them little by little what magic can do and especially how it can hurt in hopes that they'll never accidentally do something irreversible. In other words, he teaches them to walk steadily, with the knowledge that a fall could mean death for them or someone else, before they even attempt to run.
While his knowledge and methods earn him respect, he's still a lazy moocher who hides his feeling behind an uncaring or irresponsible (sometimes even weak) facade. This combined with his somewhat-crazy at times attitude, earn him the title “Bastard”. Though everyone still grows to care for him anyway, and he shows, while he is strong, he's not unbeatable, and despite that he'd risk his life or even die for his any one of students any day.
An anime adaptation was announced in March 2016, which was later revealed to be an anime television series. The series was produced by Liden Films and directed by Minato Kazuto, with Tōko Machida writing the scripts, Satoshi Kimura designed the characters and Hiroaki Tsutsumi composed the music. It aired from April 4, 2017 to June 20, 2017. The series ran for 12 episodes. The series' opening theme is "Blow Out" by Konomi Suzuki, and the ending theme is "Precious You" by Akane Fujita, Yume Miyamoto, and Ari Ozawa. Funimation has licensed the series in North America.
Episode List Edit
|1||The Unmotivated Bastard|
やる気のないロクでなし (Yaruki no Nai Roku de Nashi)
|2||Just the Slightest Bit of Motivation|
ほんのわずかなやる気 (Hon'no Wazukana Yaruki)
|3||The Fool and the Death|
愚者と死神 (Gusha to Shinigami)
|4||The Magic Competition|
魔術競技祭 (Majutsu Kyōgi-sai)
|5||The Queen and the Princess|
女王と王女 (Joō to Ōjo)
|6||The Evil Being|
邪悪なる存在 (Jaakunaru Sonzai)
|7||The Sea of Falling Stars|
星降る海 (Hoshi Furu Umi)
|8||The Fool and The Star|
愚者と星 (Gusha to Hoshi)
|9||The Reason to Live|
生きる意味 (Ikiru Imi)
|11||Face-off! The Mage Corps Battle|
決戦！魔導兵団戦 (Kessen! Madō Heidan-sen)
|12||Finding One's Own Place|
見つけた居場所 (Mitsuketa Ibasho)
Notes & ReferencesEdit
- ↑ The plot is taken from the Rokudenashi wikipedia
- ↑ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akashic_Records_of_Bastard_Magic_Instructor#cite_note-anncast-1
- ↑ https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-03-17/roku-de-nashi-majutsu-koshi-to-akashic-records-light-novels-get-anime/.99914