AnimeJapan 2017: What To Expect

AnimeJapan 2017: What To Expect

Born from the merger of the once rival events Tokyo International Anime Fair and Anime Contents Expo, AnimeJapan has been the biggest anime industry event for the last few years. A great experience for those who can attend it, but also fairly exciting for fans abroad as it’s always a source of endless anime announcements. Its site is full of teasers and the industry doesn’t do a great job at hiding its secrets, so we’ve compiled a list detailing a bunch of titles that you should expect some news for.

Note: Some of those titles would have been listed in multiple categories, but only appear once to avoid cluttering too much. Also, keep in mind that as a western fans there are many kinds of new developments that don’t affect you at all, from exclusive goods to live events. Not everything will mean a new TV series or the likes! 

Companies and booths

  • Avex: News for their upcoming anime projects confirmed.
  • ADK/NAS: News for their upcoming anime projects, including Natsume Yuujinchou 6.
  • NBCUniversal: News for their upcoming anime projects, including Clockwork Planet.
  • Emon/Haoliners: The Silver Guardian, To Be Hero Season 2 and 四式青春 will be featured. They also listed “Emon Girls Project” then deleted it, perhaps another new anime they’ll be presenting.
  • Kadokawa: News for their upcoming anime projects confirmed.
  • Satelight: Guests related to their properties attending, possible announcements?
  • Graphinica: Confirmed announcement of a new TV anime that will air in 2017…though the truth is that it’s an adaptation of nisioisin’s Juni Taisen, which has already been revealed. Expect new info nonetheless.
  • Cygames: News for their upcoming anime projects and an entirely new title confirmed. Shingeki no Bahamut: Manaria Friends is listed, back from the grave…though more recent PR about it don’t mention it.
  • Shogakukan: Latest news regarding their titles, old and recent – Re:CREATORS, Detective Conan, Black Lagoon
  • TV Tokyo: News for their upcoming anime projects (including films) confirmed.
  • Toei Animation: News for their upcoming anime projects, including Kado: The Right Answer.
  • TMS: News for their upcoming anime projects confirmed. New projects with confirmed presence: Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun and The Laughing Salesman NEW.
  • NTV: News regarding Nanamaru Sanbatsu confirmed. Infini-T Force‘s cast will be attending so there could be something regarding it as well.
  • Harukaze: Nora, Princess, and Stray Cat. news confirmed.
  • Pierrot: News for their upcoming anime projects, including Boruto.
  • Flying DOG: News for their upcoming anime projects confirmed.
  • Project Luck & Logic: HinaRoji news confirmed.
  • Production I.G: News for their upcoming anime projects confirmed.
  • Warner: News for their upcoming anime projects, including Anonymous Noise.
  • u17: China’s biggest original digital comic platform is teasing anime projects and worldwide expansion.


  • Kimikoe: New information about Kimi no Koe wo Todoketai, Naoyuki Ito’s new original movie at Madhouse.
  • Manoyama Sightseeing Committee: New information about Sakura Quest.
  • Yamato 2202, Tsuki ga Kirei, and Makeruna!! Aku no Gundan events with the directors/core staff and voice actors.
  • Armed Girl Machiavellism, Atom The Beginning, Kabukibu, Sword Oratoria, Mahoujin Guru Guru (2017), Rin-ne S3, Godzilla, HeroAca, Eromanga Sensei, Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter, and Shingeki no Kyojin cast events.
  • Twin Angel Break also has a cast event with an episode 1 prescreen, while Shokoku no Altair,  Idolmaster Cinderella Girls GekijouGranblue Fantasy, Shingeki no Bahamut Virgin Soul, Honeyworks Movie Series, Hinako Note, Saekano S2, and Mahouka‘s confirm they’ll feature some sort of announcements.
  • Fate Project 2017: Vague as ever, but a F/GO VA is confirmed.
  • Mazinger Z The Movie event with no description other than the fact that they’ll announce things. Showtaro Morikubo and Ai Kayano will attend alongside the MC.
  • Touken Ranbu: special event dealing with both Dogakobo’s Hanamaru series and ufotable’s Katsugeki, as well as the game.

Other listed titles that could carry announcements

  • ID-0
  • Aho Girl
  • Ensemble Stars
  • Uma Musume
  • UtaPri
  • Clannad
  • Code Geass
  • Various u17 works
  • Chronos Ruler
  • Tsuredure Children
  • Nanamaru Sanbatsu
  • Princess Connect! Re:Dive
  • Frame Arms Girl
  • Fate/Extra Last Encore
  • Fate/stay night Heaven’s Feel
  • Bungo Stray Dogs
  • Onmyouji

Rumors, staff comments and speculation:

  • Not so much a rumor, but Kujira no Kora will be detailed. The adaptation was announced a few months ago and they have now registered a domain for the anime which hasn’t gone live yet. Timing indicates it should happen during Anime-Japan.
  • The remake of Legend the Galactic Heroes will likely reveal a lot of information. It was originally slated for 2017 and recently it resurfaced in a rather stealthy fashion; DMM launched their own venture to start producing anime, and the official PR mentioned they hold international rights for LoGH 2017. Since Anime-Japan is a massive licensing deals opportunity I’m sure they’ll be negotiating with distributors, so it should have some public presence as well.
  • Yoshimichi Kameda and Yuzuru Tachikawa will be talking about their work together in an AnimeStyle event in April. If it relates to a new title, it might get announced at Anime Japan.
  • Satelight will be bringing over guests related to their projects and there have been a couple of new Symphogear seasons announced for quite a while, so it seems very reasonable to expect news on that front.
  • It’s about time for Nobuyuki Takeuchi’s anime version of Shunji Iwai’s Fireworks receives an update since it already has been 3 months since it was revealed and its premiere is approaching. Maybe another short PV.
  • Our resident Studio BONES expert believes Kekkai Sensen / Blood Blockade Battlefront‘s sequel will be slated for summer, and thus receive news and perhaps an animated PV here. And regarding the studio, there might be a fun surprise…
  • Perhaps it’s slightly too early, but Hiroyuki Imaishi’s new project could make an appearance as well.
  • If things have gone as planned, Masaaki Yuasa’s collaboration with Kiyotaka Oshiyama will be revealed.

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Interesting that a lot of places, including Crunchyroll’s own Spring sequel video was listing BBB for Spring. I could never verify that, so I figured it wasn’t coming quite so early. Seemed too soon just based on a typical production schedule. Though I wonder where people got the idea that it was going to be a Spring title? :/


Interesting that Clannad is on the list of potential announcements. Does that mean we could might be getting an After After Story?


Heavily, heavily unlikely. The Kyoani anime exhausted the source material of the main storyline and the two OVAs lightly cover the two biggest alternative routes that couldn’t work in the omnibus format.

Although there happens to be a spin-off sequel VN, Tomoyo After, the likelihood of an adaptation of that this many years later is extremely slim. Don’t get your hopes up.


What’s the date of the event?
And isn’t Yuasa Masaaki currently working on a TV project as well – But expecting news about that is probably too much, he’s busy enough with his two movies ATM.

Steven Ostuni
Steven Ostuni

It should be March 23-26. I’d heard that Yuasa’s new TV project with Oshiyama would be announced there, but it may have just been a rumor. Would you mind clarifying, kViN? Thx 🙂

Steven Ostuni
Steven Ostuni

It was just announced that Yuasa is helming a Devilman reboot series, which he’ll be discussing at the event. I’m not sure what happened to his upcoming project with Oshiyama, but I don’t think this is it. Oshiyama’s name wasn’t on the Devilman project for one thing. Plus, at a panel, they said their collaboration show would probably be rated R due to all the sex. Devilman is certainly R-rated, though from what I’ve heard, the sex is the least of its worries. If the project in question was Devilman, it seems weird that they’d single out the sex aspect.… Read more »


I personally hope Satelight announces something regarding Symphogear.


“titles that could carry announcements”…”Clannad”

WHAT?!! KWSK kVin!!