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Twin Engine Reveals Upcoming Anime Lineup

by tsubasalover
Mar 19, 7:26 AM | 80 Comments

Four new anime projects were announced by production company Twin Engine namely new anime adaptation of Dororo, Babylon, Pet, and Vinland Saga. The previously announced Karakuri Circus anime is also a part of the studio's upcoming lineup. The broadcast information will be revealed later, but it has already announced that all of these anime will be available on Amazon Prime Video. Additionally, Twin Engine will have booths and stages at this year's AnimeJapan featuring the final episode screening of Kokkoku, talk shows for Golden Kamuy featuring the cast members, Karakuri Circus featuring the staff members and the upcoming Penguin Highway anime film featuring the staff members.

Karakuri Circus
A new key visual and teaser PV have been revealed for the upcoming Karakuri Circus TV anime. Studio VOLN will animate the adaptation.

Teaser



Dororo
In collaboration with studio MAPPA and Tezuka Productions, Osamu Tezuka's four-volume manga will receive a new anime adaptation. The manga was serialized under Kodansha's Shounen Sunday magazine from August 1967 to July 1968. A full TV anime series helmed by director Gisaburou Sugii (Glass no Kamen) was broadcast in 1988 by Mushi Production, succeeding a 14-minute pilot film of the series. North American publisher Vertical Inc. published the manga in single and omnibus editions in 2008 and 2012, respectively. Discotek Media has released both the TV anime and special as a complete collection in 2016.

Synopsis
A samurai lord has bartered away his newborn son's organs to forty-eight demons in exchange for dominance on the battlefield. Yet, the abandoned infant survives thanks to a medicine man who equips him with primitive prosthetics—lethal ones with which the wronged son will use to hunt down the multitude of demons to reclaim his body one piece at a time, before confronting his father. On his journeys the young hero encounters an orphan who claims to be the greatest thief in Japan. (Source: Vertical Inc.)

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Official site: https://dororo-anime.com/
Official Twitter: @dororo_anime


Babylon
Mado Nozaki's Babylon novel series receives an anime in cooperation with an up-and-coming studio REVOROOT. Kodansha Taiga has been publishing the novel with three volumes released so far.

Synopsis
Zen Seizaki, a public prosecutor at Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office, is investigating a case of illegal clinical research related to a drug company and a university. During the investigation, he finds a file that Shin Inaba, an anesthesiologist, kept, which includes blood that is mixed with hair, skin, and a paper written with letter F. As he investigates, he realized there's a hidden plot that is connected with a huge election as well as to a certain person who is in charge of it.

Teaser


Official site: https://babylon-anime.com/
Official Twitter: @babylon_anime


Pet
The previously announced project of director Takahiro Omori at Geno Studio has been revealed as the adaptation of Ranjou Miyake's remastered edition of Pet manga. Furthermore, it has been revealed that Sadayuki Murai will handle the anime's series composition.

Synopsis
There are people who can get into people's mind and control their memories. This power is used to eradicate mysteries and cases or worse, to assassinate. The potential of the said power is strong enough that it is able to destroy people's mind, however, can backfire and eat up their own heart. To counter it, chains are used to lock and protect each other's weak and dangerous heart. From one's growing fear and disdain, they're consequently called as a "Pet."

Teaser


Official site: https://pet-anime.com/
Official Twitter: @pet_anime


Vinland Saga
The viking-themed manga by Makoto Yukimura receives an anime adaptation by Wit Studio. The manga began serialization in Kodansha's monthly Afternoon magazine since July 2005 and has accumulated more than five million published copies. Kodansha Comics has been releasing the manga as 2-in-1 omnibuses since October 2013.

Synopsis
For a thousand years, the Vikings have made quite a name and reputation for themselves as the strongest families with a thirst for violence. Thorfinn, the son of one of the Vikings' greatest warriors, spends his boyhood in a battlefield enhancing his skills in his adventure to redeem his most-desired revenge after his father was murdered.

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Official site: https://vinlandsaga.jp/
Official Twitter: @V_SAGA_ANIME

Source: animate Times

Pet and Karakuri Circus on MAL

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Red_Tuesday said:
XxmokonaxX said:


Vinland Saga, for one thing, isn’t a shonen manga. It is strictly seinen. To be fair, I am not well read on any proper Norwegian history books, but this series is about the Vikings, set in Dane-controlled England’s and the rise of King of the North Sea Empire. So, I would say it is pretty historical friendly, What with the attention to detail. If it’s still not your thing, then I suppose that’s it.


So no relevance to Vinland, yet it's called Vinland Saga. (Vinland was the Norwegian/ Icelandic viking settlement in North America)

Saga = 'story of' or 'song of'
Sooo... "Story of Vinland", but actually about England? This is why I have low expectations with anything the Japanese do in fantasy/ sci-fant/ historical


Well, that’s okay then. Not all historical manga is terrible tho, I love the details in Otoyomegatari for one thing, and for Kingdom, the mangaka really did his research.

Edit: Although Vinland Saga isn’t about Vinland in the truest sense, the author does seem to talk about the North Sea Empire which did truly exist. And follows the actual history behind it. So, no, it’s not about “Vinland”, but it’s also about actual history.
Additionally, you can’t really expect perfect history from any form of fictional media. For freaking sake, Memoirs of a Geisha which is applauded to be a great historical fiction is not true to its source at all. If one wants true history, read the biographies of history instead. (Which I actually do). In any other case, it’s nice to read historical fiction as it does highlight a historical event, which otherwise can be hidden. Sarah’s Key, for example, actually educated me about the roundup of Jews in Paris.

May 24, 5:35 AM by XxmokonaxX

XxmokonaxX said:
Red_Tuesday said:
As an actual Norwegian I've been avoiding Vinland Saga because I don't trust it to be even remotely "history friendly". I don't really mind artistic license, but Japan tends to take it so far off the map that their biggest fans are the Romulans.

TL;DR is it going to have any actual relevance to Vinland or is it just the first vaguely viking word the creator thought of when slapping together a (hopefully not) generic shounen? Is it shounen?


Vinland Saga, for one thing, isn’t a shonen manga. It is strictly seinen. To be fair, I am not well read on any proper Norwegian history books, but this series is about the Vikings, set in Dane-controlled England’s and the rise of King of the North Sea Empire. So, I would say it is pretty historical friendly, What with the attention to detail. If it’s still not your thing, then I suppose that’s it.


So no relevance to Vinland, yet it's called Vinland Saga. (Vinland was the Norwegian/ Icelandic viking settlement in North America)

Saga = 'story of' or 'song of'
Sooo... "Story of Vinland", but actually about England? This is why I have low expectations with anything the Japanese do in fantasy/ sci-fant/ historical

May 24, 1:04 AM by Red_Tuesday

Red_Tuesday said:
As an actual Norwegian I've been avoiding Vinland Saga because I don't trust it to be even remotely "history friendly". I don't really mind artistic license, but Japan tends to take it so far off the map that their biggest fans are the Romulans.

TL;DR is it going to have any actual relevance to Vinland or is it just the first vaguely viking word the creator thought of when slapping together a (hopefully not) generic shounen? Is it shounen?


Vinland Saga, for one thing, isn’t a shonen manga. It is strictly seinen. To be fair, I am not well read on any proper Norwegian history books, but this series is about the Vikings, set in Dane-controlled England’s and the rise of King of the North Sea Empire. So, I would say it is pretty historical friendly, What with the attention to detail. If it’s still not your thing, then I suppose that’s it.

May 23, 10:43 PM by XxmokonaxX

As an actual Norwegian I've been avoiding Vinland Saga because I don't trust it to be even remotely "history friendly". I don't really mind artistic license, but Japan tends to take it so far off the map that their biggest fans are the Romulans.

TL;DR is it going to have any actual relevance to Vinland or is it just the first vaguely viking word the creator thought of when slapping together a (hopefully not) generic shounen? Is it shounen?

Apr 21, 6:05 AM by Red_Tuesday

All of these look damn great, probably going to be watching all of them.

Apr 21, 12:05 AM by Hodor98

HOLY SHIT THEY ALL SOUND SO INTERESTING

I've only read Vinland saga and it's great so I hope they don't screw it up...

I'll check out the other anime for sure when they come out though, the synopsis themselves make all of them seem very cool

Apr 11, 10:22 PM by SkyFullOfStars

ichii_1 said:
mansamugen2 said:


have you read the books? its the one out of the handful they announced that we know the least about (next to pet)

No but it's a convoluted psychological series delving into suicide, particularly euthanasia.


sounds really interesting then! this whole series of announcements puts twin engine high up my list. it has potential to be a groundbreaking studio if they deliver on these projects!

Mar 21, 10:06 AM by mansamugen2

so whats the history on this studio they seem pretty new not to mention tackling a lot of apparently big stuff , interested in this vinland saga must of been living under the manga reading rock because i've never heard of it till these reveals ,will check it out at some point since it wont be a while till it airs


They may be new as a company but are experienced as individuals in the business world. The company director brought people as ambitious and experienced as him to work there.

His goal is to change the way anime is done so that it is no longer a scourge to creators. He thinks of creators above all else.

Mar 21, 7:20 AM by ronie91

so whats the history on this studio they seem pretty new not to mention tackling a lot of apparently big stuff , interested in this vinland saga must of been living under the manga reading rock because i've never heard of it till these reveals ,will check it out at some point since it wont be a while till it airs

Mar 21, 12:28 AM by katsu044

mansamugen2 said:
ichii_1 said:
Babylon will be the best one.


have you read the books? its the one out of the handful they announced that we know the least about (next to pet)

No but it's a convoluted psychological series delving into suicide, particularly euthanasia.

Mar 20, 11:15 PM by ichii_1

ichii_1 said:
Babylon will be the best one.


have you read the books? its the one out of the handful they announced that we know the least about (next to pet)

Mar 20, 6:20 PM by mansamugen2

RnDNEET021 said:
*Imagine if Takemitsuzamurai gets also adapt and has the same counterparts between the beyond tier-animation... like Dororo *

Sasuga... MAPPA


the day that happens. oh. my god.

Mar 20, 6:11 PM by mansamugen2

ReaperCreeper said:
I suppose you're thinking of Blood Will Tell. It actually is a Dororo game.
Yup, that's the one :00

Mar 20, 5:32 AM by joe_g7

THE SAVIOR OF ANIME ERA!?

Mar 19, 8:42 PM by Slyver

contrary to popular belive, those stuff is very popular... so this is exactly what noitaminA used to be...

Mar 19, 7:23 PM by Kuma

Damn Twin Engine be giving out massive L's to other studios

Mar 19, 7:15 PM by karlstein12

In before vinland saga has 12 episodes~
Anyway, nice line up.

Mar 19, 6:28 PM by Zefyris

Vinland Saga is getting an anime???!?!! It's about time!! I was totally shocked when I saw this article! This is great! I thought it would never get an anime adaption. Major win!

Mar 19, 5:35 PM by raynaninja

Wonder if Dororo will go for a more conclusive original ending like I heard the old anime supposedly did.

joe_g7 said:
I'm pretty sure I've played a game a long long time ago that was just like Dororo. Nevertheless I'm very curious about the upcoming anime.

If there's someone that can animate Vinland Saga's stunning art into anime, then that's definitely Wit Studio. I have very high expectations of them.
I suppose you're thinking of Blood Will Tell. It actually is a Dororo game.

Mar 19, 5:23 PM by ReaperCreeper

Making adaptations of older properties?
That is a bold move my friend.

Ohoho I LIKE THAT!

And giving Vinland Saga to Wit? Dammit you sure knew what studio to pick!

Seriously all these shows are right up my ally!!!

Inukanura said:
what a move by Twin Engine man. to be able to involved on 5 project at once, just how much they invest to pull this off.

looks like after the CGI shitfest last year, no one brave enough yet to adapt Berserk again now, and here i am still waiting for a proper one:(

and also MPD Psycho, and Claymore again:(

We all are waiting for a good Berserk adaptation my friend, we all are.

Mar 19, 5:19 PM by Bourmegar

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