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Roundtable Interview – Masahiko Minami and Yuji Matsukura

Roundtable Interview – Masahiko Minami and Yuji Matsukura

This time we’re bringing you a translation of an interesting roundtalk from Newtype’s February 2017 issue. It features a couple of studio leaders replying to questions regarding their past and future works, the industry at large and some of its fascinating creators. Enjoy!

Masahiko Minami: President of Studio BONES and famous bat-wielding head honcho
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Yuji Matsukura: Producer at J.C.Staff

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Sakuga News? – Anime Industry Rumors From 2ch

Sakuga News? – Anime Industry Rumors From 2ch

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 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 Thread for now.

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ACCA – Production Notes 2 & 3

ACCA – Production Notes 2 & 3

I may have given up on ACCA‘s weekly coverage too soon after all. The second episode definitely didn’t warrant a full post, and the show as a whole isn’t quite the kind of outstanding production we give this individual treatment to, but it’s shaping up to be something solid nonetheless. This bullet point approach feels more appropriate, and this way we get to keep an eye on Shingo Natsume as one of the industry’s most interesting directors.

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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 (*cough*BONES*cough*). 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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