- The Tower of Fang

    On this page we'll be archiving our updates about official Orphen content. Things like book releases, comic updates, the like. It's not a page for our site updates, those are posted in the change log on the home page.



- Latest Rambling


    Although 2018 isn't Orphen's actual anniversary, its just been announced that Majutsushi Orphen: Hagure Tabi will be receiving a brand new anime adaption! Plans for the series are now underway, with little information outside of an official site now linked off of the main SS Orphen site.

  The current anime site currently houses a brief commentary from the author of the series, Yoshinobu Akita, and the main artist for the series, Yuuya Kusaka. We'll detail this as best we can below. But anyway, since it carries the name Stray Journey we can assume that it'll follow the story of the books. This is a love hate thing. I would've loved to finish them before the anime began, but I couldn't ask for more than a new anime to begin with! Something I never imagined would be possible for this franchise.

  Commentary from the series author, Yoshinobu Akita:
    "Wow, it's a new anime. I think that "Why now" is where everyone's mind is at, but that's just how it goes. After more than twenty years, when they pointed out what I'd written again, I had more of a cold sweat than anyone... The original is the work of a stupid young man, but the anime is being made by the right people, and we're happy to see it."

  Commentary from the series artist, Yuuya Kusaka:
    "When I got the story, I think my first thought was "What, again? Why now?" just like most people. In fact, I think I even said that to the editor in charge over the telephone. In my case, it all felt the same, ever since the Yosunobu Akita BOX released in 2009. Which was just before the equally unexpected "VS. Kokichi / Shueisha" (* Not sure what this is), which also lead to the question of why, so it's a bit of a strange feeling.
    The older I get, the slower I paint, and it makes me happy to think that people who are good at painting are working on Orphen. This is about those who wish and dare to work on Orphen now. If they can run through to the end with that same passion, then there's nothing left to say here. I hope people who liked the new Orphen series before, as well as those who are watching it for the first time will be pleased. Thank you.





  In other news, the Stray Journey manga continues!
  That's not the only exciting news, however. The Stray Journey manga has continued over at Comic Clear, which had I paid better attention between intervals, would've been obvious. The story picks up at Volume 3, with the introduction of Hirietta. We've also been made aware that the Volume 2 books are simultaneously going on sale this month. You can order them here and here. Or if you're not shy of importing, scoot on over to Gamers Online Shop where ordering the books will come with a special bromide (print, basically), as seen here. Limited while supplies last, so it's no guarantee that you'll get them when you order here.



- Latest Rambling


    We officially have the first chapter of the Origin Project! You can find it here. Because it's on Nicoseiga, you'll need an account to view. Thankfully you can also log in with various social media accounts. It looks like things are just starting to get interesting in the story when we're left on this lovely cliffhanger!

  Although it may seem sort, Part 2 is expected to drop on January 1st, I believe. This'll include the second half of the story. From then on, it should be one complete story a month, though it's unclear if they'll all be split up into parts or not. Hopefully, they're also matched with their corresponding story, like the first one was.


- Some More Rambling

  So the lack of updates. Basically, I stopped working on the Origin Project (story parts) because as it turns out, they're only publishing the first story. The rest would take so long to transcribe/translate that I'm just not willing to take that time away from Stray Journey. Which I've got a couple chapters written up for Volume 6, but haven't had the time to proofread or format. We're still deciding between working on the Origin Project comics or the Stray Journey comics. Probably Stray Journey. I'm not dead. I'm just lazy.



- Season 4: Episode 2, New Comicalized Announcement!

    Season 4: Episode 2 of Stray Journey: New Series is up for pre-order on sites like Amazon, Tobooks, etc.! It features all new art of Beijito, and some cleaned up art of Ratsbane and Edge. For those who aren't familiar with these books, they're rereleases of Stray Journey: New Series, featuring Orphen and his three kids. These are rereleases of that story, with new covers. It is not another sequel.

    A couple weeks late, but they've also concluded the poll for which shorts from the Reckless arc would be brought to comic formats! The options consisted of the short stories at the end of the Reckless books, involving days at the Tower of Fang prior to the whole Azalea event. This means we'll get to see into the lives of Orphen, Hartia, Azalea, Leticia, Komikron, etc., before the shit hit the fan. The comic will run for 10 months, featuring 1 story per month.





- Drama CD Rerelease, New Comic Poll

    With the conclusion of Volume 4 I thought I'd take a moment to talk about some upcoming Orphen stuff. For one thing, two of the Drama CDs have been re-released on their own, through TO Books website. Search for 魔術士オーフェン to find them. These are the same CDs that were included with the limited edition books from the new series.

    They've also hinted that one of the Orphen stories will be up for a 10-month consecutive comic, which you can vote for here. When you vote you'll be able to get a free desktop wallpaper.

The Tower of Fang is a Majutsushi Orphen fan site and claims no ownership. Series Yoshinobu Akita and Fujimi Shobo.