The Villainess Level 99: I May Be the Hidden Boss, But I’m Not the Demon Lord anime adaptation has received a promotional video and key visual. A January 2024 premiere date and details on the main staff and cast were also revealed.
Minoru Yamaoka (Zo Zo Zo Zombie-kun, Wakako-zake) is directing the anime with Fumihiko Shimo (Date A Live IV) as series composer and Kana Utatane (Akebi’s Sailor Uniform) as music composer. Hitomi Kaiho (Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer Ep 1 and 2 co-chief animation director) and Lo Ho Kim (Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer Ep 1 co-chief animation director) are the character designers.
Meanwhile, the cast includes Fairouz Ai as Yumiella Dolkness, Yuuma Uchida as Patrick Ashbatten, Azumi Waki as Alicia Ehnleit, Taku Yashiro as Edwin Valschein, Haruki Ishiya as William Ares, and Kouhei Amasaki as Oswald Grimsarde.
Villainess Level 99: I May Be the Hidden Boss, But I’m Not the Demon Lord is based on Satori Tanabada’s light novel series, which began in May 2019 and has five volumes as of June 2022. The books are released under the Kadokawa Books imprint.
J Novel Club describes the source material as:
Yumiella Dolkness is your run-of-the-mill villainess in an otome RPG—except for the fact that she’s also secretly the overpowered hidden boss. But Yumiella wasn’t always Yumiella, you see. In her past life, she was nothing more than an introverted college student and devout gamer. So when she realizes that she’s been reincarnated as a hidden boss, she’s determined to steer clear of the protagonists and avoid her demise at their hands. All she wants is a nice, quiet life. Too bad when her gamer instincts kick in, Yumiella can’t just ignore her awesome stats… A girl’s gotta grind! So, with plenty of time on her hands before starting life at the academy, she gets a little carried away and maxes out her level at 99. And when everyone else finds out, they get the wrong idea about her power—now they think she’s the Demon Lord! Is this OP villainess strong enough to win back the peaceful life she always wanted?!
Villainess Level 99: I May Be the Hidden Boss, But I’m Not the Demon Lord debuted in June 2018 as a Shousetsuka ni Narou web novel. Nokomi’s manga adaptation of the light novel series was inspired by the series.
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