What Unannounced Works Do Anime Studios Have Planned for 2017?

What Unannounced Works Do Anime Studios Have Planned for 2017?

If you’re wondering what your favorite studios have in store for 2017, this article might be up your alley.

The February issue of anime magazine NewType didn’t only – despite what the cover might lead you to believe – focus on a certain franchise that’s yet again about explode in 2017. One of the major features was a questionnaire where representatives of 56 anime production companies were asked four questions about their last year’s work, creators that you should pay attention to in the future and most importantly, their plans for 2017. While some of them only provided a rundown of their works that have been already announced, others were kind enough to tease what kind of unannounced stuff they’re brewing behind the scenes. It gives us a rare glimpse into that which has only been available before in the form of leaks, so I decided to gather and translate what I thought was worth sharing. A summary of this made the rounds last week, but it was based off the index rather than carefully reading the entire article. We’ve gone through it all and curated the most interesting news and hints, so enjoy!


  • 8-Bit: Working on a sequel to a certain title.
  • A-1 Pictures: They’re continuing to develop original works. The next one will be focused on action.
  • Bandai Namco Pictures: New original works.
  • BONES: They’re working on an original project that’s in already production and another one that may be broadcasted this year.
  • Brain’s Base: Two titles in April and one in October.
  • CoMix Wave Films: Makoto Shinkai is still too busy with Your Name’s promotion, so he hasn’t started working on a new project yet.
  • David Production: Unannounced title in preparation.
  • DEEN: New short anime and OVA.
  • Dogakobo: Working on a certain sequel.
  • Emon: Adaptation of a very moe source material
  • feel.: Planning an original anime series and a series based on a game.
  • Geno Studio: Preparing one new TV series.
  • Lay-duce: Not much to highlight this year, as they’re focusing on a new original project due spring 2018. However, they’re planning to repay the people who took care of them in the past and help with their projects. One of them is a movie.
  • Liden Films: Two unannounced works.
  • Madhouse: Movies and sequels (may be all the announced ones), one original anime in planning.
  • Millepensee: Three titles planned for 2017 – all sequels. New original anime in 2018.
  • Orange: Working on a project that will make you go “Eeeh!?”
  • Pierrot: Working on a drama series bursting with originality.
  • Polygon Pictures: TV anime aimed at families.
  • project No.9: Action series based on a manga planned for 2018. Also working on an original anime.
  • Satelight: New works that will make your heart tremble.
  • Seven Arcs Pictures: Two TV anime in preparation.
  • Shaft: A new unannounced TV series.
  • SIGNAL.MD: A new adaptation.
  • Silver Link: Working on an original project that should be announced next year. They also want to focus more on original contents in the future.
  • Studio 4°C: Adaptation of a very respected manga and a collaboration with a famous live action director are both carefully in progress.
  • Sunrise: They don’t know how much will be announced this year, but they are working on a new Gundam series and new projects that will explore themes that weren’t usually present in Sunrise’s past works.
  • Tatsunoko: Hints that Kenji Nakamura’s (Tsuritama, Gatchaman Crowds) new work should come out soon.
  • TMS Entertainment: Planning some surprises. More will be revealed at Anime Japan 2017 in March.
  • TYO Animation: Planning a full digital production.
  • TRIGGER: Works from this and that director are moving forward, plus a new overseas collaboration.
  • WIT Studio: They have some unannounced titles.
  • White Fox: Working on two new titles: a road movie-like one and a historical drama. Both with directors they’ve never worked with before.
  • Zero-G: Three new titles.

And that’s it! Looks like I ended up picking over half of the companies. This however doesn’t end my coverage of the latest NewType issue. You can expect a translation of a certain roundtable interview in the near future, so stay tuned!

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zrnzle500
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zrnzle500

Would be wrong to speculate on what those certain sequels for 8bit and Dogakobo? I have some ideas for both but I’m not sure. Is 8bit’s more likely to be a promising one or not? Hopefully Dogakobo’s will be Nozaki-kun, but there are others that I think could be possibilities.

I could probably guess David’s but it is good to here that whatever it is is already in preparation.

I liked Tsuritama and Gatchaman Crowds so I’m looking forward to the Tastunoko one.

Overall an interesting read

kViN
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The hints are all very carefully delivered, since the studios themselves can’t leak much about projects that often are barely theirs. You’re not the first one to immediately think of Nozaki-kun when reading about Dogakobo’s sequel though, it’s easily one of their most popular series and would make sense to follow it up.

zrnzle500
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zrnzle500

Yeah I imagine the production committees wouldn’t like the studios leaking what shows they are making before they are announced.

Side note: an editing feature would be nice for the comments, though I don’t know if it would be possible. Probably should have proofread my last one

Blou
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Blou
DrBlock42
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DrBlock42

My guess for 8bit would be a new IS season. The BR sales were really good: 33k avg. for season 1 and 17k for season 2. They just did a new 25min picture drama for IS, so the IP seems to be still worked on and the Novels are still coming out aswell.

zrnzle500
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zrnzle500

Yeah that is probably the most likely suspect. I was thinking Yama no Susume or Tokyo Ravens, but I don’t know about the source material situation, either amount or popularity.

zrnzle500
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zrnzle500

I meant the other two in addition not instead of IS

gamma
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gamma

Anyone wanna take a wild guess what “respected manga” 4C plans on adapting? Considering their Berserk trilogy and ties to Ootomo, would it be a stretch to expect another go at Akira?

Adna_NoS
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Adna_NoS

Vinland Saga?

Blackiris
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Blackiris

Vinland Saga would be beyond awesome! But to be honest I kinda doubt it’ll be a TV work. Probably something shorter.

Steven Ostuni
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Steven Ostuni

A Battle Angel Alita adaptation could be fun, too. Especially in light of the upcoming film.

ghotonic
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ghotonic

I Am A Hero, hopefully.

Manfres18
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Manfres18

Are all the ones with no specified date due to 2017? By the way, love your blog, hope I can help you on patreon when I finish university.

kViN
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Yeah, the ones they gave no specific date for are (at least planned for) 2017.

starlessn1ght
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starlessn1ght

That’s a sad announcement from Silver Link. It decreases my hopes of a potential s3 for NNB

Fulufu
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Fulufu

The white fox projects sound really interesting, also original bones project has me excited

ajna
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ajna

Shaft: Hype

Studio 4°C: Please be Takemitsu Zamurai

Mlwhen
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Mlwhen

I am devastated by no million live anime tease in 2017

kViN
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ML’s staff (assuming the imas crew doesn’t change massively, which would be bad on its own right) have been very busy as of late. Maybe 2018…

Chara
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Chara

Does a simple news report need to be written in such clique-y insider language?

Even though I personally know this and that director are Yoshinari and Imanishi, way to make this even less accessible and informational.

Also isn’t great for being able to find relevant information through search at a later date, or to find you through right now through Google.

Disgaeamad
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All the info here is a direct translation of what was written in the magazine itself. They don’t outright provide all the info because 1) they’re teases, and 2) they’re likely not allowed to at the moment. We’re not in any position to fill in those gaps, with the exception of educated guesses.

kViN
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That is quite literally what the interview says, so if you don’t like it I recommend forwarding your complaints to Kadokawa: http://i.imgur.com/oVRPVFl.png

Alternatively, you could try not to be a flippant asshole and realize that the entire post contextualizes things that were left very vague in the magazine. If something sounds mysterious now, chances are that it was at least as bad if not way worse on Newtype. Also, no it’s not Yoshinari.

Chara
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Chara

My apologies, I stand corrected. My comment was brash and uninformed.

Davone Presley
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Davone Presley

All of these teases sound pretty interesting! Did the article give any hints towards any unannounced projects from I.G Port’s other studios?

Deevilj
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Deevilj

Was there any info from TOEI in there?

kViN
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Toei does have a blurb and it even leaked the director of the new Precure movie a few days before the announcement, but otherwise nothing new. Fairly generic PR speech.

Deevilj
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Deevilj

Thanks!

Blackiris
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Blackiris

Thanks for this informative article! “Polygon Pictures: TV anime aimed at families.” ^I’d love to see a new Goro Miyazaki work! “Studio 4°C: Adaptation of a very respected manga and a collaboration with a famous live action director are both carefully in progress.” Very excited about this one! “BONES: They’re working on an original project that’s in already production and another one that may be broadcasted this year.” ^Actually they said they are working (or planning) three original titles a while ago in an ANN interview. Kinda excited about this! “TRIGGER: Works from this and that director are moving forward,… Read more »

SStefania
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>Three sequels from Millepensee
PLS BE TEEKYUU PLS BE TEEKYUU
>New original title in 2018
M-Marimo spin-off, finally?…

relyat08
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relyat08

So, hopefully not too off-topic, but is Masaaki Yuasa now working on literally 3 projects, those two movies AND the TV series with Oshiyama? That sounds pretty insane.

aers
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aers

Yeah. The TV series is probably a ways off though.

relyat08
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relyat08

Okay, that makes sense. With the announcement for that coming in just a couple of months, I figured. Having 3 things for 2017 would be exciting, but more than I’d like for Yuasa to try doing all at once. whew

dokogobo
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dokogobo

I have no clue what Millepensee is but two of those three sequels might be Berserk 2017 and Wake Up Girls s2 which are listed on their MAL page.

Lily
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Lily

Judging by White Fox’s Wikipedia page and the summary for the respective future works, I’m guessing that they are talking about April’s Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho and Peace Maker Kurogane. Probably means SG0 will come later.

Link0306
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Link0306

Steins;Gate 0 never ;___;

Yuuan
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Yuuan

Maybe Peace Maker is just an OVA