Update: It’s Pierrot, 25 episodes. Of most interest to me was this quote: “Katsuki is collaborating on the creation of episodes with original stories not told in the manga.”
My initial reaction to this is pretty negative, to be honest. Pierrot has access to some top-line directors, but they also sometimes deliver excruciatingly bad CGI (see: Kingdom). It seems they’re going to try and tell an alternate and complete version of the manga (29 volumes as of today) in two cours. At least Katsuki-sensei is involved, so maybe they’ll come up with something decent – if this works, it could end up being a blessing in disguise. But I was certainly hoping for an encyclopedic retelling of the manga by Production I.G. or Madhouse.
Taking some of the sting off the disappointment over the Hunter X Hunter false alarm comes one of my happiest adaptation announcements ever: Baby Steps will be getting an anime next Spring. And even better, it’s coming from NHK, which could mean a long run.
I wrote a short appreciation of Baby Steps not long after I started this blog (14 volumes ago!). I love sports manga, but this, for me, is one of the very best. I played tennis and I know the sport well, and this gets it spot-on (unlike the other tennis manga that got an adaptation). Ei-chan is one of the best and most unusual main characters out there, the romance element is sweet and unforced, and the matches themselves are beautifully portrayed. It’s a great manga, and it certainly should be a great anime.