RADIANT is a 2018 television anime series based on a French manfra series written and illustrated by Tony Valente. The anime was adapted by studio Lerche and published by NHK Enterprise. The series aired during the Autumn 2018 anime season in October.
“Soaring among islands in the sky, witches and wizards fly on broomsticks to defeat Nemesis monsters. But the very sorcerers, who protect citizens, are persecuted by the magic Inquisition. That won’t stop Seth, a gifted young wizard, from seeking the origin of it all – the Radiant.”Plot Synopsis via Manga Entertainment, March 2020
So as you may have noticed, we have another anime adapting a non-Japanese property. Japan has done this a fair amount for over 30-40 years now, from British source materials (Arrietty), Korean manhwa (Freezing) and even French novels (Gankutsuou). RADIANT is a French manga, known as manfra, and there’s quite a few released in France.
Crunchyroll acquired the English-speaking rights for the series and as part of their now-defunct partnership with Funimation, has the latter release the series with an English dub during broadcast and a home video release. The show was released on Blu-ray & DVD for the US & Canada as well as UK & Ireland through Manga Entertainment on behalf of Funimation. So far only the first season has been confirmed but Manga Entertainment was able to release a UK version of the Funimation limited edition with Part 2.
Regular Edition & On-Disc Contents:
Distributor: Manga Entertainment
Released: 2nd March 2020
RADIANT Season 1 Part 1 contains episodes 1-12 across two Blu-ray discs using the Funimation author. The audio options available include the Funimation English dub and the main Japanese audio with English subtitles. The white subtitles are unlockable during playback, and the region is locked to B.
|Audio||English Dolby TrueHD 5.1|
Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0
|Video||1080p High Definition Native format|
16:9 aspect ratio
Blu-ray On-Disc Extra Features:
- Episode 1 English Dub Commentary
- Episode 12 English Dub Commentary
- RADIANT: A Sorcerer’s Tale
- RADIANT: Behind-the-Scenes
- Textless Opening Song “Utopia”
- Textless Closing Song “Radiant”
RADIANT Season 1 is available to own on Blu-ray & DVD from Manga Entertainment. You can order Part 1 on Amazon UK.