The official Twitter account for Kore Yamazaki’s The Ancient Magus’ Bride (Mahō Tsukai no Yome) manga has announced that the manga is inspiring a new anime project, starting with an original anime disc (OAD) series titled Mahō Tsukai no Yome: Nishi no Shōnen to Seiran no Kishi (The Ancient Magus’ Bride: The Boy From the West and the Knight of the Mountain Haze). The staff describes the OAD series as the “first part” of the new anime project.
The three-episode OAD will be bundled with the limited editions of the manga’s 16th, 17th, and 18th volumes. The 16th volume will be released in Japan on September 10, 2021.
Yamazaki herself wrote the story of the OAD, which is set some time before Chise enrolls in The College. The story begins with Spriggan visiting Chise and Elias’ home, bringing news of a strange new Wild Hunt. Another part of the story will focus on Gabriel, a boy who has tired of parting with friends and living in an unfamiliar land and circumstances. He will part the veil that hides him from the world of magic.
Kazuaki Terasawa is directing the anime at Studio Kafka, a new animation studio established specifically for the OAD project. Aya Takaha returns from the television anime to write the script alongside Yoko Yonaiyama. Hirotaka Katō returns as character designer from the previous anime, and Junichi Matsumoto also returns to compose the music.