Noblesse: Awakening is an official anime adaptation based on the Noblesse webtoon, produced by Japanese anime studio Production I.G. It is a 31-minute ONA which covers the first two arcs of Volume 1. It is heavily abridged, with minor changes in the storyline.
In 2020, the ONA became a prologue episode to the anime television series adaptation of Noblesse.
Raizel wakes up from 820-years long sleep and starts a new life as a high school student. His peaceful days as a student are soon interrupted as his new human friends are assaulted by mysterious attackers with superhuman abilities.
- Direction: Kenichi Matsuzawa
- Chief Direction: Shunsuke Tada
- Series Composition: Yoshihiro Ike
- Character Design: Senbon Umishima
- Chief Animation Direction: Akiharu Ishii
- Animation Work: Production I.G
- Daisuke Hirakawa as Frankenstein
- Hisafumi Oda as M-21
- Hitomi Nabatame as Mari
- Kent Itō as M-18 (Anime Only)
- Madoka Yonezawa as Emi Iwata
- Takuma Nagatsuka as Manabu Kase
- Tarusuke Shingaki as Cadis Etrama Di Raizel
- Tasuku Hatanaka as Yusuke Tashiro
- Teruyuki Tanzawa as M-24
- Toru Ohkawa as Jake
- Yūichi Karasuma as Man A (The Infected One)
List Of Characters
- Cadis Etrama Di Raizel
- Han Shinwoo
- Seo Yuna
- Woo Ik-Han
- This is a heavily condensed version of Season 1 (Chapters 1-78), omitting many important factors which become relevant later on in the series. So anyone who has not read the Webtoon may have trouble understanding the anime.
- In the main Webtoon, there is a much longer section about endings for M-21 and M-24. M-21 later becomes a major supporting character, while M-24 is shown to have died in a different way than in the OVA.
- In the main Webtoon, a certain event triggers M-21's power which leads to the death of the Infected created by M-24. This is important because of how events play out much later in the Webtoon.
- The Infected created by M-24 harboured a deep grudge against both Shinwoo and M-21 after Shinwoo threw a trashcan at his head, and M-21 acted authoritatively towards him. He attacks Shinwoo multiple times by using Yuna and Ik-Han as bait.
- In the main Webtoon, Shinwoo, Ik-Han and Yuna often visit Raizel at Frankenstein's house, causing a ruckus when Raizel does not know how to open the door for them.
- M-21 and M-24 belonged to the M-Series, a batch of a hundred humans who were experimented on by the Union for physical enhancement. They are the only two survivors but are labelled as failed specimens and used as low-ranking agents. Their goal is to find their real names.
- There is no mention of Dr. Crombel who is the main antagonist of the series in the Manhwa and the one directly responsible for a lot of the events that happen to the main characters.
- Several fight scenes are omitted, below is a list of all the fight scenes not included:
|01||Episode 0 - Awakening||4 February 2016|
Differences Between The Webtoon And The Animation
|Noblesse (Webtoon)||Awakening (Animation)|
|In the webtoon, Raizel awakens in broad daylight.||In the animation, Raizel awakens at night during a full moon.|
|Mari kills the guys who found the coffin, searching for Frankenstein.||The infected kills the guys who found the coffin.|
|Shinwoo and a number of other students are late, Mr. Park makes them run laps, Shinwoo runs extra laps because he has a crush on Yuna.||Mr. Park locks the gate.|
|Raizel is walking to school and Shinwoo tells him to hurry up, otherwise he'll be late.||Raizel doesn't meet Shinwoo on the way to school, and instead meets him at the school gates.|
|Shinwoo takes Raizel to the Principal after being told to by Mr. Park (The Gatekeeper).||Shinwoo doesn't take Raizel to the Principal.|
|M-21 and M-24 don't know why the coffin is important, and instead are looking for their names, and the names of their comrades.||M-21 and M-24 are looking for the Noblesse, who they believe is in the coffin they've been sent to find.|
|M-21 kills the infected after transforming into a werewolf, with Raizel's help.||Jake kills the infected.|