1st 3 The Ancient Magus' Bride Episodes to Screen at Anime Expo

Crunchyroll announced on Sunday that it will bring Wit Studio president George Wada and director Norihiro Naganuma to Anime Expo for a preview screening of the first three episodes of The Ancient Magus' Bride anime. Wada and Nagamura will discuss their work on the film and sign posters.

The anime will premiere in October and will run for two consecutive cours (half a year). Crunchyroll will stream the anime.

Most of the staff from the three-part prequel anime The Ancient Magus' Bride: Those Awaiting a Star (Mahō Tsukai no Yome: Hoshi Matsu Hito) is returning for the television anime. Naganuma is directing the anime at Wit Studio, and he is also in charge of the series scripts. Aya Takaha is penning the scripts. Hirotaka Katō is adapting the character designs for animation. Yuko Kobari is in charge of color design, and Yūsuke Takeda is the art director. Mayo Suzuki is director of photography, and Shinya Sugai is the CGI director. Chie Nishitani is credited for 2D work. Kumiko Taniguchi is supervising the special effects, and Ayumi Arahata is credited for special effects. Daisuke Imai is editing, and Junichi Matsumoto is composing the music. Flying Dog is producing the music in collaboration from BASiLiCA. Shōji Hata is the sound director.

Seven Seas publishes Kore Yamazaki's original manga in North America, and it describes the story:

Chise Hatori has lived a life full of neglect and abuse, devoid of anything resembling love. Far from the warmth of family, she has had her share of troubles and pitfalls. Just when all hope seems lost, a fateful encounter awaits her. When a man with the head of a beast, wielding strange powers, obtains her through a slave auction, Chise's life will never be the same again.

The man is a "magus," a sorcerer of great power, who decides to free Chise from the bonds of captivity. The magus then makes a bold statement: Chise will become his apprentice - and his bride!

This year's Anime Expo convention will run from July 1 to July 4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. In addition, the convention will formally include a preview night a day before on June 30. The convention will host world premieres for the Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen Prologue - Sakura to Futatsu no Kuma (Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Arc Prologue: Sakura and the Two Bears) video anime, the live-action Tokyo Ghoul film, the Welcome to the Ballroom television anime, Tatsunoko Productions' Infini-T Force television anime, and the English dub for the Fate/Grand Order: First Order anime special. The convention will host the U.S. premiere of The irregular at magic high school The Movie: The Girl Who Summons the Stars- anime film.