Earlier in the week, an NHK net buzz segment mentioned that historical warship girl phenomenon KanColle was generating more social media chatter than US President Obama's visit to Japan. In the coverage of that report at J-Cast was a mention that the web browser game based multi-media franchise was expanding to anime this summer.
When the KanColle anime was first announced in September 2013, the planned time was this summer at the earliest. In January, Keizou Kusakawa (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha) was introduced as the director for the Diomedea production with Jukki Hanada (Beyond the Boundary) writing series composition. The latter announcement lead to some industry watcher speculation about a switch in the project's creative team, with a potential resulting delay.
Currently, few details about the anime are official other than the involvement of Kusakawa, Hanada, Diomedea and involvement of game characters/cast Destroyer Fubuki (voiced by Sumire Uesaka), Aircraft Carrier Akagi (voiced by Saki Fujita) and Aircraft Carrier Kaga (voiced by Yuka Iguchi),
What has been officially announced is that nearly a full contingent of fleet girl voices, including Yuka Ōtsubo, Ayane Sakura, Aya Suzaki, Risa Taneda, Nao Tōyama, Iori Nomizu, Rina Hidaka, Saki Fujita, Sarah Emi Bridcutt, and Wakana Miyakawa will be on hand at the “Yokohama Naval Review Dry Run” first fan event, held at Pacifico Yokohama on August 3, 2014.
Tickets are now on sale at http://birthday-event.com/kancolle/.