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K: Seven Stories Theatrical Anime Project Opens in Japan Starting in Summer 2018

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Also: K: Missing Kings gets stage play in Kyoto, Tokyo in October

The "Daisuke Namikawa 'K' Bonds Emergency Meeting" event on Saturday announced more details for K: Seven Stories, the newest anime in GoRA and GoHands' K franchise. The anime will be a theatrical anime project, and it will debut in theaters starting in summer 2018.

The website also listed seven titles for the project (in a random order), but also added that the titles aren't yet official:

K: Seven Stories Based on SIDE:BLUE

K: Seven Stories Based on Lost Small World

K: Seven Stories Based on R:B

K: Seven Stories Based on SIDE:GREEN

K: Seven Stories Based on Memory of Red

K: Seven Stories Based on Idol K

K: Seven Stories Based on New Story

The website for the franchise stated the theatrical project will open in theaters "sequentially," but it hasn't clarified if the project will be a seven-part series. The website also hasn't stated if each of the works will be short anime or full-length film projects.

K: Memory of Red is a title of a manga in the franchise, and K SIDE:BLUE, K:SIDE:GREEN, and K: R:B are titles of novels in the franchise. K―Lost Small World― is both a novel and a manga. Idol K is a parody book that reimagines if the characters in the franchise were all idols.

Shingo Suzuki is returning as director and character designer at the studio GoHands the anime. GoRA and GoHands are once again credited for the original story.

The original 13-episode K television anime series aired in Japan starting in October 2012. The anime inspired the K: Missing Kings sequel film in July 2014, and then the 13-episode K: Return of Kings television anime series premiered in October 2015.

Viz Media licensed the original K anime series, K: Missing Kings, and K: Return of Kings. Hulu and Neon Alley streamed the first K anime series and the K: Return of Kings sequel series.

Aside from various novels, CDs, and manga, the franchise has also inspired a series of stage plays. The event on Saturday also revealed the K: Missing Kings stage play, which will run in October in Tokyo and Kyoto.

The first stage play, titled Butai K, ran in Tokyo from August through October 2014. The second play, titled K Dai-ni-Shō: Arousal of King, ran in Tokyo and Osaka in August 2015. The third play, K―Lost Small World―, ran in Tokyo in July 2016.

Update: Added images from streamed presentation.

[Via Uri-Sure Matome+, Nijimen]

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