Dances with the Dragons

Dances with the Dragons (されど罪人は竜と踊る Dances with the Dragons, Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons, lit. "Yet the Criminal Dances with the Dragons") is a Japanese light novel series, written by Labo Asai and illustrated by Miyagi, who was later replaced by Zain. It was originally published as Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru (されど罪人は竜と踊る) by Kadokawa Shoten, who released eight volumes between 2003 and 2006 under their Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko imprint. It switched publishers in 2008 to Shogakukan, who have published twenty-one volumes as of January 2018. A manga adaptation of the original series with art by Yaku Haibara was serialized in Kadokawa's Beans Ace magazine. It was collected in a single tankōbon volume. An anime television series adaptation animated by Seven Arcs Pictures aired from April 5 to June 21, 2018.

Dances with the Dragons
Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru Dances with the Dragons 20th light novel cover.jpg
Cover art of the 20th light novel published by Shogakukan, featuring Gayus Levina Sorel (right) and Gigina Jerde Dolk Melios Ashley Boeuf (left).
されど罪人は竜と踊る Dances with the Dragons
(Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons)
GenreDark fantasy[1]
Light novel
Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru
Written byLabo Asai
Illustrated byMiyagi
Published byKadokawa Shoten
ImprintKadokawa Sneaker Bunko
Original run20032006
Light novel
Written byLabo Asai
Illustrated byMiyagi (Vol.1–13)
Zain (Vol.14–present)
Published byShogakukan
ImprintGagaga Bunko
Original run2008 – present
Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru
Written byLabo Asai
Illustrated byYaku Haibara
Published byKadokawa Shoten
ImprintKadokawa Comics Ace
MagazineBeans Ace
Anime television series
Directed by
  • Hiroshi Nishikori[a]
  • Hirokazu Hanai
Produced by
  • Junichirō Tanaka
  • Ryō Yasumura
  • Reo Kurosu
  • Toshiyasu Hayashi
  • Atsushi Chiku
  • Shunsuke Hasegawa
Written byTakayo Ikami
Music byTakashi Ōmama
StudioSeven Arcs Pictures
Licensed by
Original networkTBS, BS-TBS
English network
Original run April 5, 2018 June 21, 2018
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and manga portal


A long time ago, dragons were the only creatures capable of wielding magic, which they used to terrorize humanity, until humanity learned to channel magic through special formulas and spells called "jushiiki". Those capable of using jushiiki became known as jushikiists, and became crucial in fighting dragons throughout the years, until a peace treaty was enforced to prevent both races from wiping each other out. In the modern day, Gayus and Gigina are two jushikiists who take special jobs from a variety of clients in the city of Eridana.


Gayus Levina Sorel (ガユス・レヴィナ・ソレル, Gayusu Revina Soreru)
Voiced by: Nobunaga Shimazaki[2] (Japanese); Garret Storms[3] (English)
A deductive and intellectual jushiikist who constantly worries about his financial state and his relationship with his girlfriend Jivunya. He lost his sister Aleciel when he was younger, which motivated his jushiikist training.
Gigina Jerde Dolk Melios Ashley Boeuf (ギギナ・ジャーディ・ドルク・メレイオス・アシュレイ・ブフ, Gigina Jādi Doruku Mereiosu Ashurei Bufu)
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya[2] (Japanese); Josh Bangle[3] (English)
Gayus' partner and a jushiikist hailing from the Drake culture, which emphasizes glory and honor in battle. Gigina enjoys fighting and spending money in frivolous things, such as excessive furniture, which frustrates Gayus to no end.
Jivunya Lorezzo (ジヴーニャ・ロレッツォ, Jivūnya Rorettso)
Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa[4] (Japanese); Megan Shipman[3] (English)
Gayus' girlfriend. An Arlian born amongst humans, she has blonde hair, and fair skin. She constantly worries for Gayus, especially whenever he gets injured.
Nidvolk (ニドヴォルク, Nidovoruku)
Voiced by: Yūko Kaida[4] (Japanese); Janelle Lutz[3] (English)
The mate of Eningiluud, the black dragon Gayus and Gigina kill on a mission. Seeking revenge on her mate's killers, she assumes a human form and kills several jushikiists across Eridana and eventually confronts Gayus and Gigina, who barely manage to kill her.
Mordin Orjes Gyunei (モルディーン・オージェス・ギュネイ, Morudīn Ōjesu Gyunei)
Voiced by: Takaya Hashi[4] (Japanese); Garrett Schenck[3] (English)
A high-ranking politician dedicated to maintaining peace between humans and dragons, which leads him to use pragmatic and ruthless methods to uphold said peace.
Yorkan (ヨーカーン, Yōkān)
Voiced by: Mutsumi Tamura[4]
An androgynous jushiikist working as one of Mordin's generals.
Curaso Opt Koga (キュラソー・オプト・コウガ, Kyurasō Oputo Kouga)
Voiced by: Yoshino Nanjō[4] (Japanese); Natalie Hoover[3] (English)
Jesper Livy Raki (イェスパー・リヴェ・ラキ, Yesupā Rive Raki)
Voiced by: Takanori Hoshino[4]
One of Mordin's generals and Berdrit's older brother.
Berdrit Livy Raki (ベルドリト・リヴェ・ラキ, Berudorito Rive Raki)
Voiced by: Sora Tokui[4]
One of Mordin's generals and Jesper's younger brother.
Genon Cull Darius (ジェノン・カル・ダリウス, Jenon Karu Dariusu)
Voiced by: Gou Inoue[5]
Herodel (ヘロデル, Heroderu)
Voiced by: Atsushi Imaruoka[5]
Arzel (アーゼル, Āzeru)
Voiced by: Aya Suzaki[5] (Japanese); Madeleine Morris[3] (English)
A journalist and acquaintance of Gayus.
Largonquin Bathcark (ラルゴンキン・バスカーク, Rarugonkin Basukāku)
Voiced by: Rintarō Nishi[5]
Javeira Gofe Zutcliff (ジャベイラ・ゴーフ・ザトクリフ, Jabeira Gōfu Zatokurifu)
Voiced by: Rica Matsumoto[5]
Īgī Dorie (イーギー・ドリイエ, Īgī Doriie)
Voiced by: Hiro Shimono[5]
Yākutō Pedimete (ヤークトー・ペジメテ, Yākutō Pejimete)
Voiced by: Motomu Kiyokawa[5]
Remedius (レメディウス, Remediusu)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita[5]
Zuo rū (ズオ・ルー, Zuo rū)
Voiced by: Akira Ishida[5]
Amupura (アムプーラ, Amupura)
Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto


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An anime television series adaptation animated by Seven Arcs Pictures was originally scheduled to air starting on October 5, 2017 on TBS.[6][7] However, due to production issues, the anime's premiere was delayed until April 5, 2018 on TBS,[8][5] and later on April 14, 2018 on BS-TBS.[9] Hiroshi Nishikori serves as chief director of the series, Hirokazu Hanai directing the series, with Takayo Ikami in charge of series composition and Masaru Kitao designed the characters.[2] fripSide performed the opening theme song "divine criminal", and Maon Kurosaki performed the ending theme song "décadence" (-デカダンス-).[5] The series ran for 12 episodes.[10] Crunchyroll streamed the series.[11]

No. English title[b]
Original Japanese title
Original air date
1"Calamitous Song of Jushiki and Swords"
Transcription: "Jushiki to ken no ka uta" (Japanese: 咒式と剣の禍唄)
April 5, 2018 (2018-04-05)
2"The Cardinal's Celebration"
Transcription: "Sūki-kyō-chō no shukusai" (Japanese: 枢機卿長の祝祭)
April 12, 2018 (2018-04-12)
3"Weaver of Light"
Transcription: "Hikari no Tsumugi te" (Japanese: 光の紡ぎ手)
April 19, 2018 (2018-04-19)
4"Ballet of the Winged"
Transcription: "Tsubasa motsu monotachi no gunbu" (Japanese: 翼持つものたちの群舞)
April 26, 2018 (2018-04-26)
5"Goddess of Revenge"
Transcription: "Fukushū no Megami" (Japanese: 復讐の女神)
May 3, 2018 (2018-05-03)
6"Bad Omen"
Transcription: "Kyōchō" (Japanese: 凶兆)
May 10, 2018 (2018-05-10)
7"Invitation to an Evening Party"
Transcription: "Yakai e no Sasoi" (Japanese: 夜会への誘い)
May 17, 2018 (2018-05-17)
8"Calm Days and Lonely Nights"
Transcription: "Odayaka na hiru to sabishī yoru" (Japanese: おだやかな昼と寂しい夜)
May 24, 2018 (2018-05-24)
9"Revelation of Malice"
Transcription: "Akui no Keiji" (Japanese: 悪意の啓示)
May 31, 2018 (2018-05-31)
10"Guillotine of Spiders • Time of Snakes"
Transcription: "Kumo no dantō dai ・ Hebi no Kokugen" (Japanese: 蜘蛛の断頭台・蛇の刻限)
June 7, 2018 (2018-06-07)
11"Endgame of Sand"
Transcription: "Sareki no Shūkyoku-zu" (Japanese: 砂礫の終局図)
June 14, 2018 (2018-06-14)
12"And Yet, We..."
Transcription: "Saredo ware-ra wa" (Japanese: されど我らは)
June 21, 2018 (2018-06-21)


  1. ^ Credited as Chief Director (総監督, Sō Kantoku).
  2. ^ All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.


  1. ^ O'Neil, Kate (April 7, 2018). "Dances with the Dragons Episode #01 Anime Review". The Fandom Post. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons Anime Reveals Cast, Staff". Anime News Network. July 19, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Dances with the Dragons". Funimation. April 28, 2018. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons Adds 16 Cast Members". Anime News Network. September 20, 2017. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons Anime Reveals More Roles, Songs, Premiere Dates". Anime News Network. February 21, 2017. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  6. ^ "Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons Anime Will Air on TV This Fall". Anime News Network. February 16, 2017. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  7. ^ "Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons Reveals Visuals, Theme Song Artists, October 5 Premiere". Anime News Network. August 7, 2017. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons Anime's New Key Visual Revealed". Anime News Network. March 15, 2018. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  10. ^ "Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons Gets 12 Episodes". Anime News Network. March 22, 2018. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  11. ^ "Crunchyroll Announces Dances with the Dragons Anime Simulcast, Streams English-Subtitled Trailer". Anime News Network. March 23, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 2018.

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