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Anime of Key's Summer Pockets Game Confirmed in the Works

posted on by Egan Loo
Discussed in Key's year-end live stream on Wednesday

The "Key Channel 2-Hour Special: Lunaria Feature #2 & Staff Year-End Live Stream" confirmed on Wednesday that an anime adaptation of Visual Art's/Key's Summer Pockets Windows PC game is in the works. The staff emphasized that the anime project is "in the works," as opposed to "green-lit."

Visual Art's representative director Takahiro Baba had teased an anime for the project in Dengeki G's Magazine in December 2017, and he again teased an anime as one of the collaborative projects his company is planning with partners this past January.

Summer Pockets originally launched for PC in June 2018 in Japan. Visual Arts/Key and Prototype launched the game's Nintendo Switch version digitally and physically in Japan in June 2019. The companies also released the game on smartphones. The game's English version launched for PC via Steam in February 2020 Summer Pockets REFLECTION BLUE, the updated version of its Summer Pockets game launched for PC in Japan in June 2020. The new version has since launched on mobile devices and Switch.

The game takes place in a rural district of a certain isolated island. The story focuses on "one nostalgic summer."

Jun Maeda (Kanon, AIR, Clannad, Angel Beats!) is credited with the original concept. Na-Ga (Angel Beats!, Little Busters!, Charlotte), Tsubasu Izumi (Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka, Mashiroiro Symphony - The color of lovers), and Yūnon Nagayama (Angel Beats!) are credited with providing the original illustrations.

Yū Niijima (Koi x Shin Ai Kanojo, Majo Koi Nikki), Kai (Clannad, Rewrite, Harmonia), and Hasama (Tokyo Babel, Kimi to Kanojo to Kanojo no Koi.) wrote the scenario. Maeda composed the music with Shinji Orito (Angel Beats! Harmonia), Donmaru (planetarian, Little Busters!, Giniro, Haruka), and Tomohiro Takeshita (planetarian, Angel Beats!, Harmonia).

Update: The official English Twitter account for Visual Arts reported on Wednesday that the Key Channel live stream announced "a Summer Pockets Anime is currently in production." However, the staff in the live stream itself took care to emphasize that the project is still in planning and not "green-lit" or in animation production yet.

Source: "Key Channel 2-Hour Special: Lunaria Feature #2 & Staff Year-End Live Stream" video via Nijipoi

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