|“||Is the world the real thing...? Or is it a mere phantom...?||”|
You can't believe everything you see, or can't see, for that matter. In Musaigen no Phantom World, Phantoms, beings that blur the line between illusion and reality, wander around right under the noses of unsuspecting humans. Their origins are mysterious and few can see themーthat is, until a research facility bombing spreads a virus that grants the ability to. Humans with special powers are given the task of sealing the troublemaking Phantoms.
Haruhiko Ichijo is one such Phantom Hunter. Not a very good one, however. Possessing a wealth of useless knowledge, a tendency to go off on tangents, and a rather slow Phantom-sealing ability, he and his rambunctious teammate Mai Kawakami are at the bottom of the Phantom Hunter ladder at Hosea Academy. In order to become stronger, they recruit new teammates and develop new powers, only to stumble upon secrets surrounding Phantoms and the circumstances surrounding the mysterious bombing of the Alayashiki Research Facility.
| Light Novel Volume 1|
|December 20, 2013||ISBN 978-4907064136|
| Light Novel Volume 2|
|October 30, 2015||ISBN 978-4-907064-34-1|
| Light Novel Volume 3|
|February 11, 2016||ISBN 978-4-907064-34-1|
Light Novel Edit
The novel was written by Soichiro Hatano and illustrated by Shirabi. It was published by Kyoto Animation's novel imprint on 20 December 2013. The book received an honorable mention in the novel category of the fourth Kyoto Animation Award on 5 April 2013. Previous works to be featured in the awards have received anime adaptations. A second novel was released in October 2015.
- Main article: Musaigen no Phantom World/Anime
An anime television series premiered onABC Asahi, Tokyo MX, TV Aichi, and BS11 on 7 January 2016. The series is directed by Tatsuya Ishihara and written by Fumihiko Shimo, with animation produced by Kyoto Animation. Kazumi Ikeda will handle the series' character designs, and will also serve as the chief animation director. Shinpei Sawa provides the designs for the Phantoms. The series' music is composed by Effy. Additionally, Ryuuta Nakagami serves as director of photography; Mikiko Watanabe is the series' art director; Kana Miyata provides the color key; Hiroshi Karata is in charge of accessories planning; and Yota Tsuruoka is the sound director.
The opening theme song is "Naked Dive" by Screen Mode, and the ending theme is "Junshin Always" (純真Always, "Innocence Always") by Azusa Tadokoro. The anime will be released on seven Blu-ray and DVD compilation volumes containing two episodes each between 6 April and 5 October 2016.