As an anonymous message board, 2ch is about as unpleasant as its western equivalents. But since its many discussion threads are sometimes frequented by people with ties to the anime industry, interesting rumors surface once in a while. One particular thread consistently attracts such whispers: the so-called Sakuga (作画): Technically drawing pictures but more specifically animation. Western fans have long since appropriated the word to refer to instances of particularly good animation, in the same way that a subset of Japanese fans do. Pretty integral to our sites' brand. Thread (作画を語るスレ – Thread where we talk about animation/sakuga). Many of the comments attempting to pass as leaks turn out to be fake, but there are also plenty of instances of genuine news breaking all embargos. For example, said thread successfully leaked Captain Earth months before the official announcement – both its title and the existence of a project reuniting Star Driver’s team! 2ch is a huge site so you there are other very active threads that tend to attract leakers, but let’s focus on the comments that I’ve collected from Sakuga (作画): Technically drawing pictures but more specifically animation. Western fans have long since appropriated the word to refer to instances of particularly good animation, in the same way that a subset of Japanese fans do. Pretty integral to our sites' brand. Thread for now.
Let’s begin with a post from June 2016:
351 名前：メロン名無しさん[sage] 投稿日：2016/06/11(土) 16:29:48.86 >>342 湯浅…ﾎﾟｼｬ 石浜…新作 yama…のりゆきキャラデ 北久保…ﾎﾟｼｬ 磯…シグナルMDで監督決定
The poster claimed that Shingo Yamashita was planning a new work with Noriyuki Imaoka as character designer. That was very recently directly confirmed by Yamashita on twitter, as we already reported. Does that mean the rest of the post is legit too? Who knows, but I sure want to believe it is. Who wouldn’t want a new work from Masashi Ishihama and the return of Mitsuo Iso as director at Signal.MD?
The next series of posts appeared on 27th October 2016:
44 名前：メロン名無しさん[sage] 投稿日：2016/10/27(木) 14:16:16.69 エウレカ348 名前：メロン名無しさん[sage] 投稿日：2016/10/27(木) 14:19:45.05 魔方陣グルグルリメイク50 名前：メロン名無しさん[sage] 投稿日：2016/10/27(木) 14:21:28.15 ダンジョン飯、ﾏｯﾄﾞﾊｳｽ
The poster here said Mahōjin Guru Guru would be getting an animated remake after more than 20 years. That’s a pretty bold statement, but guess what: it’s true, not just the existence of the series but its nature. I believe this series of leaks is very likely legit. The post before mentions a new Eureka Seven project in the works, which we had already heard about from a verified source in the industry. The last post claims that Dungeon Meshi is receiving an anime adaptation at Madhouse.
Now we’re getting to the more recent ones:
729 名前：メロン名無しさん[sage] 投稿日：2017/01/07(土) 19:12:39.04 年明け恒例のリークタイムします ・yama監督オリジナルTV作品、オールデジタル作画 ・ヤギー監督オリジナルTV作品、アトムの後に発表 ・デスランキャラデ劇場作品 ・ボンズオリジナルTV作品スターガールズ
Shingo Yamashita directing an original project was mentioned above. This poster claims it’s a TV series animated entirely digitally; this would also make sense, since Yamashita was explicitly assembling a digital production team. Perhaps a short anime? The second bullet point mentions Kazuyoshi Yaginuma (yagi) is directing an original TV series that will be announced after ATOM: The Beginning. The post also claims Keisuke Kojima (desuran) is supposedly doing character designs for a movie production, and that the title of BONES’ new original TV series is “Star Girls”. Well, we’ll see!
And the most recent one:
129 名前：メロン名無しさん[sage] 投稿日：2017/01/12(木) 17:36:35.00 doll マッパ 鹿間監督 京田新作はキャラデ渡部圭祐の劇場大作 ゴールデンカムイ A-1 のりゆき
Frankly, these seem to clash with some other ones! Golden Kamuy receiving an anime adaptation at A-1 Pictures would be no surprise, but shouldn’t Noriyuki Imaoka be busy with Yamashita’s new show? Maybe he’s doing both, or maybe this rumor is just flat out fake. Tomoki Kyoda directing a big scale movie with Keisuke Watabe as character designer? That sounds fantastic, but what about the new Eureka Seven project? And Takahiro Shikama directing “dolls” project at MAPPA? I think they’re already busy enough with so many upcoming projects. This one has been mentioned a couple of times however, so there could be something to it. We know Shikama should be around MAPPA as well, lending it some credence. It’s always important to keep in mind that rumors making too much sense can be a sign that they’re something deliberately made up, though!
Today, a poster in that thread claimed Rie Matsumoto is directing an original anime at BONES with Satoshi Ishino doing character designs, slated for Summer. As you can see, there’s no end to this kind of rumors. Yeah, some of this stuff seems pretty ridiculous at first sight, but only time will tell which rumors are false and which true. For now, all we can do it speculate!
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