Is Lycoris Recoil Based on a Manga or Light Novel?

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Is Lycoris Recoil Based on a Manga or Light Novel?: Takina Inoue
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Lycoris Recoil is the newest anime sensation that's got fans in high spirits. Most people only have great things to say about the cute-girls-with-guns series, and for some, the intrigue can be a lot to handle. So is there a Lycoris Recoil manga or light novel that fans can read to feed their curiosity?

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Lycoris Recoil: What's It All About?

Is Lycoris Recoil Based on a Manga or Light Novel?: Chisato Nishikigi
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Cafe LycoReco in downtown Tokyo is a cute, traditional Japanese cafe with a Western twist. But its East-meets-West theme isn't the only thing that makes it special.

Directly under the peacekeeping organization known as DA, drinks and sweets aren't the only orders taken at Cafe LycoReco. Its staff of female assassins and spies called Lycoris also takes on not-so-ordinary requests like life coaching and striking down bad guys.


Chisato Nishikigi is Cafe LycoReco's poster girl. She is always smiling and is known throughout the community for her bubbly and carefree attitude.

When serious and straight-faced Takina Inoue is reassigned to the cafe and becomes Chisato's partner, she wonders if their difference in both personality and work ethics wouldn't get in her way of getting reinstated into the DA HQ.

Despite her initial doubts about Chisato and Cafe LycoReco in general, however, Takina soon inevitably learns why her partner is called the strongest Lycoris. And that's the story of the mismatched duo.

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Is Lycoris Recoil Based on a Manga or Light Novel?

Is Lycoris Recoil Based on a Manga or Light Novel?: Chisato and Takina
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Lycoris Recoil is not based on any manga or light novel. It is an original anime series by A-1 Pictures with an original story written by Ben-to author, Asaura, and original character designs by This Art Club Has A Problem! creator Imigimuru.


Depending on how you look at it, the show being an original anime can either be a good or a bad thing.

It's good because then that would mean nobody knows what's gonna happen next and we're all in equal excitement about what's to come (and more importantly, no spoilers!).

It's bad for those who are itching to find out what happens next right away but will have to settle for waiting for the next episodes or seasons.

Either way, the total blindness that viewers have makes for quite an exciting viewing experience. Let's hope the show doesn't come down from the high bar it's set for itself.

Interestingly, a Lycoris Recoil manga adaptation is set to be released in Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Flapper magazine. Yasunori Bizen is drawing the manga that will start publication in September.

For now, the Lycoris Recoil anime can be streamed via Crunchyroll with a premium subscription. Its episodes should be available about an hour after its Japan release on Saturdays, from July 2nd to September 24th.