Crunchyroll announced today it is developing the anime television series adaptation of writer Jeho Son and illustrator Kwangsu Lee’s Noblesse in partnership with WEBTOON. The streaming service’s original anime will be released in 2020. In addition, Crunchyroll unveiled new artworks illustrated by Kwangsu Lee and a tease clip from the anime. The illustrator also asked fans to “please show lots of love for Noblesse!”
Noblesse will be directed by Yasutaka Yamamoto (Hinomaru Sumo to Actually, I Am, Nekopara). Yamamoto also assures fans that the series will “offer entertainment to everyone from all generations and all orientations”. The series was first announced at Seoul Comiccon. The series will also be animated by a Japanese studio.
Son Jeho and Lee Kwangsu started Noblesse on Naver Webtoon in December 2007 and concluded on 7 January 2019. The webtoon was translated in English by Line Webtoon when it launched in July 2014. Noblesse received OVA in 2015 and 2016.
Noblesse is about a powerful noble – Cadis Etrama Di Raizel (referred to as Rai) – who has been asleep for 820 years with no knowledge of mankind’s advancement and scientific successes. At the start of the webtoon, Rai wakes up in an abandoned building in South Korea, and starts to get used to the modern world. He goes to a school, where he reunites with his loyal servant Frankenstein. With Frankenstein’s help, Rai enrolls into high school and inadvertently befriends athletic teenager Shinwoo, computer geek Ikhan, and Shinwoo’s crush Yuna, and a few others. Noblesse follows the group’s often dangerous adventures against a secret organization while uncovering Rai’s past.