The “Mirage Queen Prefers Parties” event announced on Sunday that production of a new Mirage Queen (Kaitō Queen) anime, Kaitō Queen no Yūga na Kyūka (Mirage Queen vacances élégantes or Mirage Queen’s Elegant Vacations) has been green-lit. Even the franchise‘s original novelist, Kaoru Hayamine, was not told about the news before the surprise announcement at Sunday’s event.
The original novels’ story centers on a phantom thief queen who can steal anything they desire. Their gender, age, and nationality are unknown. Together with their partners Joker and RD, they fly around the world in their airship.
Hayamine and Kadokawa published the first Kaitō Queen short story in 2000. The first full-length novel Mirage Queen Prefers Circus (Kaitō Queen wa Circus ga Osuki) debuted under Kadokawa‘s children’s book label Aoitori Bunko in March 2002 with illustrations by K2 Shōkai. The latest novel shipped in July 2021. (Kaitō Queen no Yūga na Kyūka is the name of the second full-length novel.)
The novel series received its first screen adaptation, the original video anime Mirage Queen Prefers Circus (Kaitō Queen wa Circus ga Osuki), last June. Yūga Yamato (Sailor Moon stage plays’ Tuxedo Mask) starred as the title Queen. Saori Den (Pokémon episode director) directed the project at East Fish Studio, and Mariko Kunisawa (Ascendance of a Bookworm, Orient) wrote the script. Kumiko Kawashima (Fantasista Stella) designed the characters. Moe Hyūga (Steins;Gate 0, If My Favorite Pop Idol Made it to the Budokan, I Would Die) composed the music.
HIDIVE licensed Mirage Queen Prefers Circus for streaming, and Japan Anime Movie (JAM) Thailand released the anime in Thai theaters on February 3.
Source: Comic Natalie