Is ‘Monsters: 103 Mercies Dragon Damnation’ Releasing Next January?

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As we approach the end of the year, the realm of anime news shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, fresh anime announcements continue to emerge, with “Monsters: 103 Mercies Dragon Damnation” being the latest addition to our anticipated watch-list.

The premise of this upcoming series is inherently captivating, drawing significant attention from anime enthusiasts, particularly due to its association with the best-selling manga of all time, One Piece. Derived from a canonical one-shot penned by Eiichiro Oda back in 1994, there’s a unanimous expectation that it will seamlessly integrate into the extensive One Piece timeline.

For those unacquainted with the original one-shot but eager not to miss out on the upcoming series, here’s what you need to know.

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“Monsters: 103 Mercies Dragon Damnation” centers on the narrative of Ryuma, a legendary samurai whose past exploits contributed to his status as a renowned figure within the One Piece universe. The story also introduces two fresh characters to the pirate-centric world: Freya and Cyrano. Freya, a girl who miraculously survived a devastating dragon attack on her town, and Cyrano, a swordsman on a quest to reclaim a stolen dragon horn.

Their journey intertwines with Ryuma’s path, a member of the Shimotsuki Family from Wano Country. Encountering Ryuma in a bar, Freya and Cyrano realize he’s a fiery-tempered swordsman, enduring hardship on a quest to challenge “The King,” then revered as the most formidable swordsman.

Fans eager for the release of “Monsters: 103 Mercies Dragon Damnation” can mark their calendars for January when the anime is scheduled to premiere on Crunchyroll. Although the precise release date and cast remain undisclosed, Crunchyroll has confirmed a simultaneous worldwide broadcast. In Japan, the series will be available on Netflix and Prime Video.

While details about the series are still under wraps, insight into the creative team has surfaced. Sunghoo Park from E&H Production will helm the direction and composition of the adaptation. Takashi Kojima, renowned for his work on “The Heike Story,” will handle character design, while the musical score will be orchestrated by Hiroaki Tsutsumi, recognized for his contribution to “Teasing Master Takagi-san.”

For enthusiasts eager to delve deeper into the series, the original one-shot is conveniently accessible in the “Wanted!” volume, compiling Oda’s pre-One Piece works, available for purchase on various online platforms.