The wraparound jacket band on Labo Asai’s 18th Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons (lit: Even So, Sinners Dance with Dragons: Dances with the Dragons) light novel volume announced on Thursday that an anime adaptation is in the works.
The story revolves around “jushiki” (lit. spell equations), the equations that govern the quantum constant “h” of action, change the laws of physics at the local scale, give birth to TNT explosives and poison gas, and cause incredible physical phenomena such as plasma and nuclear fusion. Two “jushikishi” (spell equationists) who use jushiki in battle are Gayus (who deals with bad luck with tact) and the beautiful but cruel sword-wielder Gigina. These two bounty hunters are caught up in a battle with dragons in the city of Eridana and in the intrigue of great nations.
Shogakukan describes the story as the “ultimate work that founded the dark light novel genre that changed the concept of light novels.”
Asai launched the Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru novel series with illustrations by Miyagi in 2003, and switched publishers from Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko to Shogakukan‘s Gagaga Bunko in 2008. (After the publisher switch, Asai rewrote the story and added the Dances with the Dragons subtitle to its title.) Illustrator Zain replaced Miyagi starting in the 14th volume of Gagaga Bunko’s run. Yaku Haibara adapted the story into manga in Kadokawa’s Beans Ace magazine, and Kadokawa published one volume in 2006. The series has also inspired several drama CDs.