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Visual Novel Studio Key Planning Several Anime Titles

Visual Novel Studio Key Planning Several Anime TitlesKey, the visual novel studio and Visual Arts brand, is planning to reveal multiple anime projects within the year.

That’s the word from Visual Arts boss Takahiro Baba in a recent blog entry.

Baba writes:

In a flash, animation has become a representative form of Japanese culture, and a very important kind of content for Visual Arts as well. For that reason, we’re planning to have a lot of meetings to consider animation projects this year, too. Recently, all those projects are being made with the partnership of other firms, so they’re not something I can reveal myself, but I believe we’ll be able to reveal several of them this year.

He also went on to praise Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba for its huge success in 2020.

It seems that one of those animation projects might be an anime adaptation of the Key visual novel Summer Pockets, which was released on Windows, iOS, Android and Switch. An English-language version was released in 2020.

Key is, of course, the creator of properties like Kanon, Air, Clannad and Angel Beats. Many of its visual novels have been adapted into anime by Kyoto Animation.

Here’s how Steam describes Summer Pockets:

From the creators of Angel Beats! and CLANNAD, Key, comes their latest emotional, award-winning journey. Follow protagonist Takahara Hairi as he travels to the secluded island Torishirojima, where he rediscovers what it means to enjoy summer vacation.

Source: Otakomu

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.