‘The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt (Hey, How About Treason?)’ started as a light novel written by Toru Toba and illustrated by fal_maro for SB Creative before getting picked up by Square Enix for a manga version featuring artwork from Emuda. The Japanese production company Yokohama Animation Laboratory picked it up for an anime adaption in January 2022 with Funimation announcing they were handling the English dub.
“We’re back from a diplomatic mission to Natra with another one of the crown prince’s schemes—this time, it’s an English dub of ‘The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt.'” Funimation said on their website. “Will it finally be enough to grant Wein the freedom he craves? Dallas Reid (SSSS.DYNAZENON) will find out as he takes responsibility for the role of Wein Salema Arbalest, with the capable Michelle Rojas (Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation) as Ninym by his side to assist him at every turn.”
The rest of the cast includes Amber Lee Connors, Kimberly Grace, Brian Mathis, Elizabeth Maxwell, Ben Phillips, Gabe Kunda, and Alexis Tipton. Jad Saxton will serve as ADR director.
You can watch the trailer below:
MyAnimeList describes the synopsis as follows,
“The King of Natra has fallen ill, leaving the only hope for his kingdom to his son, Prince Wein Salema Arbalest. Known to be capable and wise, he is the perfect candidate to become the prince regent. However, if the prince has anything to say about the matter, he would rather sell off the Kingdom of Natra to the highest bidder!
Since he wields the authority of the throne, no one can stop Wein from auctioning off the country and using the profits to retire in comfort. All he needs to do is raise the value of the small kingdom to maximize his gains. But whether Wein’s grand plan will succeed remains to be seen, as his wit often surpasses even his own expectations—much to the benefit of the oblivious citizens of Natra.”
The manga was first published in the Square Enix magazine ‘Manga UP!’ The light novels have been published in North America by Yen Press.
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