[Series sells more than 100,000 copies] Blade & Bastard Volume 3 released simultaneously worldwide in Japanese and English! Includes limited edition with audio drama written by Kumo Kagyu!


Drecom Media, the publishing and video brand of Drecom Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo; President and CEO: Yuki Naito), is pleased to announce that with the release of Blade & Bastard 3 -Return of The Hrathnir-, the latest dark fantasy that expands upon world of the classic RPG Wizardry, on Friday, December 8, 2023, the series has sold more than 100,000 copies.

This is the third volume of the Blade & Bastard series written by Kumo Kagyu (Goblin Slayer) and illustrated by so-bin (OVERLORD), with Japanese and English versions released simultaneously.

A limited edition with an audio drama written entirely by the author, Kumo Kagyu, is also.

Blade & Bastard Volume 3 Publication Information


Blade & Bastard 3 -Return of The Hrathnir-
Author: Kumo Kagyu, Artist: so-bin
On sale December 8, 2023
Price: 1,430JPY (1,300JPY + tax)
Format: Shirokuban Size
Publisher: Drecom

An ancient and wicked blade. A sword of her very own. 
It is the return of a legend.

"You're looking for the Rhea girl, aren't you?"
While continuing his adventures with Iarumas and his friends, Raraja maintains the search for the body of a girl he once knew, a girl from Rhea. Then, he comes across the members of the clan he once belonged to. Raraja accepts their offer in exchange for the clues they have and begins to delve into the labyrinth by himself. Meanwhile, Garbage, who had lost her favorite sword in battle and was looking for a new weapon, has a fateful encounter while awaiting him.

"So...it is you?"
Ancient legends come back to life in the intrigue-filled labyrinth in this third installment of the dark fantasy series!

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The Japanese and English versions released simultaneously worldwide!

Continuing from the previous title, we will be releasing the English translated version of this title simultaneously worldwide. The English version will be distributed electronically through J-Novel Club.

[What is J-Novel Club?]
J-Novel Club is a US-based company that translates and publishes Japanese light novels and manga, distributes them through its subscription service, and sells e-books through major online stores in the English-speaking market, attracting the support of users in North America and other English-speaking markets. A group company of publishing giant KADOKAWA.

Limited edition with audio drama written entirely by Kumo Kagyu - Publication Information


Blade & Bastard 3 -Return of The Hrathnir- Animate-exclusive set

Author: Kumo Kagyu, Artist: so-bin
On sale Friday, December 8, 2023
Price: 3,080JPY (tax included) [novel: 1,430JPY (tax included) + set item: 1,650JPY (tax included)]
Format: Shirokuban Size
Publisher: Drecom

[Item Set]
Audio Bonus (digital bonus)
Audio drama "Come Forth, Fear - Mimuzanmere Laiseen" written entirely by Kumo Kagyu

Cast: Makoto Furukawa, Tomori Kusunoki, Daiki Yamashita, Saori Hayami

Includes special comments from Makoto Furukawa, who plays the main character Iarumas, and Tomori Kusunoki, who plays Garbage!

*Please understand that content and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Now on sale at animate and animate online stores nationwide!

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Comic adaptation of the first volume will be released on Friday, December 22, 2023!


Blade & Bastard Volume 2

Manga: Makoto Fugetsu, Author: Kumo Kagyu
Artist: so-bin
Price: 748JPY (680JPY + tax)
Format: Size B6
Publisher: Drecom

What awaited the impromptu party in the dungeon was and encounter with a dragon! Comic adaptation of the dark fantasy bathed in blood and ashes, volume 2!

A dark fantasy manga by Makoto Fugetsu (Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Chapter 2: A Week at the Mansion), original story by Kumo Kagyu (Goblin Slayer), character design by so-bin (OVERLORD), and others.

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What is Blade & Bastard?


A dark fantasy that expands upon the classic RPG world of Wizardry, written by Kumo Kagyu (Goblin Slayer), with illustrations by so-bin (OVERLORD). Currently being serialized in a comic adaptation on the free web comic site DRE COMICS.

◆Series Introduction: https://drecom-media.jp/drenovels/series/blade
◆Promotion Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqYx3-ZV9Dg
◆DRE COMICS: https://drecom-media.jp/drecomics/series/blade
◆Official X (Twitter): https://twitter.com/BladeandBastard

What is Wizardry?


Wizardry is a computer role-playing game released in the United States in 1981. Elements such as party organizing, labyrinth exploration, monster fighting, and character development had a tremendous impact on various RPGs that followed, and it is often referred to as the origin of RPGs. Numerous sequels have been released, and more than 40 years after its release, it remains a timeless masterpiece that enjoys strong popularity around the world. In 2020, Drecom acquired the copyrights to Wizardry6, Wizardry7, Wizardry8, and Wizardry Gold, as well as the domestic and international trademarks to the series title "Wizardry".

About Drecom Media

Drecom Media is a publishing and video brand launched by Drecom Co., Ltd. to become a comprehensive entertainment company on the world stage. Drecom Media produces maximized product value by creating original works and development across media through four labels: DRE NOVELS (light novels), DRE COMICS (comics), DRE STUDIOS (webtoons), and DRE PICTURES (cross-media).

◆Official Site: https://drecom-media.jp/
◆Official X (Twitter): https://twitter.com/drecom_media
◆Official YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@drecom_media
◆Official TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@drecom_media
◆Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drecom_media/

About Drecom Co., Ltd.

[Company Profile]
Name: Drecom Co., Ltd.
Representative: President and CEO, Yuki Naito
Establishment: November 13, 2001
Location: 2-1-1 Osaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, ThinkPark Tower 19F
URL: https://drecom.co.jp/