The world of witchcraft and wizardry is in for a high-protein counter spell when Mashle: Magic and Muscles smashes onto Crunchyroll in April. Based on the popular manga from writer-illustrator Hajime Komoto, published in Weekly Shonen Jump by Shueisha, the series will simulcast weekly episodes on the streamer, airing in over 200 countries and territories immediately after its Japan premiere.
The off-kilter magical fantasy has captivated fans globally with its absurdist visual gags amidst its backdrop within a world of magic that is flipped on its head by one boy whose dedication to beefing up flips his magical world on its head. The series is animated and produced by A-1 Pictures (Lycoris Recoil, 86 EIGHTY-SIX, Sword Art Online) and directed by Tomonari Tanaka (Engage Kiss).
Synopsis: This is a world of magic. This is a world in which magic is casually used by everyone. In a deep, dark forest in this world of magic, there is a boy who is single-mindedly working out … His name is Mash Burnedead, and he has a secret: He can’t use magic.
All Mash wanted was to live a quiet life with his family, but people suddenly start trying to kill him one day and he somehow finds himself enrolled in Magic School. There, he sets his sights on becoming a “Divine Visionary,” the elite of the elite. Will his ripped muscles work against the best and brightest of the wizarding world?
The curtain rises on this off-kilter magical fantasy in which the power of being jacked crushes any spell!
Japanese voice cast & characters:
- Chiaki Kobayashi (Yuichi Katagiri in Tomodachi Game) as Mash Burnedead, a rare young man who cannot use magic. Although he crushes all types of magic with his well-trained muscles, he lacks common sense and tends to do as he pleases. He loves cream puffs.
- Reiji Kawashima (Fushi in To Your Eternity) as Finn Ames, Mash’s dorm roommate. He is the straight man (tsukkomi) of their antics and Mash’s first friend.
- Kaito Ishikawa (Tenya Iida in My Hero Academia) as Lance Crown, a good-looking young man who ranked first among the transfer exam students. He has considerable magical power, and is top of the class in academic performance.
- Takuya Eguchi (Loid Forger in SPY x FAMILY) as Dot Barrett, an impulsive and noisy young man. He’s the unpopular type with a strong hatred for good-looking guys.
- Reina Ueda (Kisa Soma in 2019’s Fruits Basket) as Lemon Irvine, who has had a crush on Mash since he helped her during the transfer exams. She’s imaginative, to say the least.
- Hiroaki Hirata (Vinsmoke Sanji in One Piece) as Narrator.
Additional staff credits include series composition and screenplay by Yosuke Kuroda (My Hero Academia; Bastard!! Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy); character design by Hisashi Higashijima; action direction by Takeshi Matsuda (Naruto Shippuden: The Will of Fire key animation) and Hiroaki Goda (Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone key animation); art direction by Yusa Ito (Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night) and music composed by Masaru Yokoyama (Your Lie in April, 2019’s Fruits Basket).
Click to watch the previously released official trailer and character trailer.