Yes, I admit it. Not only have I watched World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman (Seiken Tsukai no World Break for those purists out there!), I also enjoyed it. Yes, even with the literal cornhole joke towards the end of the series. So, you’ll understand that it pains me just a little to report on this news.
According to a report on Anime News Network, publishing imprint GA Bunko announced that the World Break light novel series is at the end of its run. The final book (Volume 22), is scheduled to ship to Japanese bookstores on June 14. The release comes just eight months after volume 21 shipped to retailers on October 12.
The series, which was written by Akamitsu Awamura and illustrated by Refeia, made its debut under GA Bunko’s SB Creative imprint in November 2012.
The series eventually went on to inspire a manga adaptation in 2014, which features a story and artwork by Rio Nanamomo. The title is still ongoing in Kadokawa’s Comp Ace magazine and spans two compiled volumes.
The series also spawned an anime adaptation by diomedea (Astarotte’s Toy, Aho-Girl, Campione!). Gate Keepers 21 director Takayuki Inagaki helmed the project, while Hiroshi Yamaguchi (Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse) oversaw the show’s scripts. Masakazu Ishikawa (Squid Girl, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!) went to bat to provide character designs for the show.
Funimation licensed and streamed the World Break anime 2015 (wow, has it really been that long already?), and eventually released the series on home video in 2016.
Anime-Planet describes the story as:
The story is set at a private school that brings together “Saviors” – students who have awakened memories of their past lives as Shirogane or Kuroma. Shirogane use weapons gleaned with Puraana from their bodies to fight enemies, while Kuroma use magic by manipulating Maana to banish their foes. Moroha Haimura has just enrolled into the private school and is the first Savior in history who has awakened memories of being both a Shirogane and Kuroma.
As stated earlier, I really enjoyed this series. While it’s nowhere close to being added to my list of all-time greats, the story elements were innovative enough that I was able to get into this one. In particular, I really enjoyed the take the series has on reincarnation because, well, let’s be honest. It’s not exactly a topic that is often treated very well in anime titles.
Author: LB Bryant
L.B. has been writing about anime professionally since August 2005. With credits that range all the way from Anime Herald to Viewster, he has seen and done it all. His favorite series include Assassination Classroom, Princess Nine, Sword Art Online, and many others. Currently he lives in the Seattle area with his many cats and his very understanding and supportive wife.