The official website for the upcoming television anime adaptation of Honobonoru500 and Nama’s light novel series, The Weakest Tamer Began a Journey to Pick Up Trash (Saijaku Tamer wa Gomihiroi no Tabi o Hajimemashita.), has released its first promotional video and teaser visual on Wednesday. The promotional video previews the cast and staff, the premiere date in 2024, and the anime’s opening theme song “Hate no Nai Tabi” (An Endless Journey) by Aina Suzuki.
The anime stars Aina Suzuki as the protagonist Ivy and Mutsumi Tamura as the slime Sora, both reprising their roles from an earlier drama CD for the franchise. Shigeyasu Yamauchi is credited as supervising director, with Naoki Horiuchi directing the anime at Studio Massket. Katsuhiko Takayama is in charge of the series composition, with Feng Cheng Hu and Yuki Ikeda as the character designers. Kujira Yumemi is composing the music, and Lantis is credited for music production.
The story follows Ivy, a no-star Tamer who finds herself in a difficult situation in an RPG-like world, reborn into the weakest class. Her parents want nothing to do with her, and she is forced to survive on her own. She learns to live off the land and scavenge what she can from other people’s leavings. However, everything changes when Ivy manages to tame Sora, a lowly slime. There’s something special about this frail little monster, and Ivy’s care will bring out the best in both of them.
The Weakest Tamer Began a Journey to Pick Up Trash was first serialized by Honobonoru500 on the Shōsetsuka ni Narō website in November 2018 and is still ongoing. TO Books began publishing the series in print with illustrations by Nama in November 2019, with the eighth novel volume released in November 2022, and the ninth volume set to release on June 10. Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed both the novel series and its manga adaptation. The manga adaptation, illustrated by Fukino, was first released on TO Books’ web manga site, Comic Corona, in February 2020, with the fourth volume published in November 2022 and the fifth volume scheduled for release on June 15. Seven Seas Entertainment released the manga’s second compiled book volume in December 2022.
Fans of the light novel series and manga adaptation have been eagerly anticipating the anime adaptation, and the release of the promotional video and teaser visual has generated excitement. The premiere date in 2024 gives the production team ample time to create a visually stunning and engaging anime that will satisfy both fans of the franchise and newcomers to the story.