Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End released the preview images and video of episode 18, titled “First-Class Mage Exam,” which is set to premiere on Friday, January 12. The website describes the plot of the upcoming episode as follows:
Frieren and her party have parted ways with Sein and have arrived in the magical city of Äußerst. To further their journey in the northern continent, they must be accompanied by a first-class mage. The examinations for first-class mages are difficult, with some years not a single person passing, and some even being killed or injured. Frieren and Fern headed for the examination hall, where a group of skilled mages had gathered.
Keiichiro Saito (Bocchi the Rock!) is directing the series at studio Madhouse (A Place Further Than The Universe) with Tomohiro Suzuki (One Punch Man) as the scriptwriter, Evan Call (Violet Evergarden) as the music composer, and Reiko Nagasawa (takt op. Destiny) as the character designer. The cast includes Atsumi Tanezaki (Anya Forger from Spy x Family)as the titular character Frieren, Kana Ichinose (Suletta Mercury from Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury) as Fern, Chiaki Kobayashi (Gabimaru from Hell’s Paradise) as Stark. The anime previously released trailers for the new cast for the upcoming arc.
Crunchyroll describes the story as follows:
After the party of heroes defeated the Demon King, they restored peace to the land and returned to lives of solitude. Generations pass, and the elven mage Frieren comes face to face with humanity’s mortality. She takes on a new apprentice and promises to fulfill old friends’ dying wishes. Can an elven mind make peace with the nature of life and death? Frieren embarks on her quest to find out
Source: Official Website
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