Announced earlier today during Azur Lane’s first-anniversary live stream, series developer Yostar shared that the massively-popular mobile title will be receiving an anime adaptation in the future. While details were relatively light during the reveal, with not even a release timeframe shared, we do currently know that the project is being fronted by Bibury Animation Studio, with Tensho (Grisia, Kin-iro Mosaic, Rewrite) directing the project. Handling series composition will be Jin Haganeya who previously worked on Demonbane and Kamen Rider Gaim.
For the most part, it’s an interesting roster of talent being brought together for this anime; Bibury Animation Studio themselves being only a year old. Following on from that, you’d be hard-pressed finding too much “real” story within Azur Lane’s mobile game, leaving a whole lot of responsibility on the anime’s creative team to make this work. In the past, we saw rival series Kantai Collection receive an anime adaption to very mixed reviews. Having previously enjoyed Kantai Collection quite a bit before jumping ship to Azur Lane, here’s hoping that they manage to put some sort of substance to the series.
Additionally announced during the first-anniversary celebration was an all-new 3D Azur Lane RPG title for PlayStation 4 which is set to release sometime in the future. While Azur Lane only recently released in North America, the game has seen a massive and continuous growth in Japan over this past year. It’ll be interesting to see how much pulling power the series will continue to have in the future, though it definitely appears that they’re making all the right moves early.
Further information on the Azur Lane first-anniversary celebrations can be found on the franchise’s official website.