A recent tweet from Twitter user @Otaro, who claims to be an anime industry staff, said that the sequel of a “high quality anime” that aired last year hit a roadblock as creators jumped ships to another studio.
While the user didn’t mention any names in the tweet, fans were quick to assume that the series in question was Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation.
The user deleted the original tweet but Yaraon had a copy of it in one of their posts.
A better translation of the tweet could be:
“A certain high quality anime that aired last year became a hit. But it seems that the sequel whose production has already been decided at the same studio, will be disappointing because the main staff has moved to another company at the beginning of the year.
I think again that anime is more about the people than the name of the company.”
As the tweet gained traction, fans in the comment forums began speculating that the staff mentioned in the tweet were Mushoku Tensei animation director Takahiro Yamanaka and animator Imamura.
@Otaro also mentioned that the anime staff who left the studio have joined another studio that is working on an even bigger title which will surely be a big hit in the industry.
Fans once again offered their two bits on the vague information provided by the user, saying that “super-famous big title” in question could be Jujutsu Kaisen‘s second season or Chainsaw Man, both of which are being animated at Studio MAPPA. And adding fuel to the fire were the MBS President Yōichi Mushiaki’s comments about Jujutsu Kaisen season 2.
“At this time I’d like you all to wait for us to state a concrete plan. However, I think we can provide a development that will meet expectations,” Mushiaki said in a press conference.
In fact, according to a comment on Yaraon, the second season of Mushoku was already planned. But they haven’t revealed any details about it because the studio was not able to start the work. However, they also speculate the studio should be fine with their consistency even if Imamura(animator) backs out.
In another instance, fans wondered if the staff mentioned in the tweet could be from Studio Shaft or P. A. Works.
Japanese portal MyJitsu stated that since Mari Okada was absent as a series composer or scriptwriter for the TV animations at P. A. Works the studio suffered a sharp decline in the quality of the works.
Since the Twitter user didn’t mention any names, Animehunch tried reaching out to get more details. But the user is yet to reply.
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation is a Japanese light novel series by Rifujin na Magonote about a jobless and hopeless man who reincarnates in a fantasy world while keeping his memories, determined to live his new life without regrets.
An anime television series adaptation by Studio Bind premiered in January 2021. The second half of the same season premiered in October 2021.
Studio Bind Inc. is a Japanese animation studio founded in November 2018 as a joint venture by White Fox and Egg Firm. On January 31, 2021, Egg Firm CEO and Mushoku Tensei chief producer Nobuhiro Osawa stated that he built the new production studio for Mushoku Tensei.
In October 2019, production company Egg Firm explained their rationale for setting up a separate studio from the existing White Fox studio, stating they “needed a system that would allow us to move forward with the project in a continuous, long-term, and systematic manner” so they “will be able to concentrate more on the production of Mushoku Tensei.”
Egg Firm noted that “Studio Bind will use Mushoku Tensei as a launchpad for its full-scale animation production business.