Serial Experiments Lain Writer Says Next Project With Anime Team Is 80% Funded and in Production

According to Chiaki J. Konaka, Desupera has been in development for 18 years

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The acclaimed writer behind surreal and loved anime projects Serial Experiments LainTexhnolyze, and Digimon TamersChiaki J. Konaka, revealed on their Twitter account that production has started back up on Desupera, the next anime project from the team behind Lain. The project has been in development for 18 years and production had been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.











Konaka says that the project is 80% funded as of now and that the core staff has been working tirelessly on Desupera up until the production was suspended due to COVID-19. While this seems like the project may see the light of day soon, Konaka explains that because production has just been started back up, it may be a while until it is released, giving the timeframe of 2022 for a formal announcement for the anime project.


Desupera was originally conceived under the team from Serial Experiments Lain, with the series being written by Konaka, character designs by Yoshitoshi ABe, and direction from Ryutaro Nakamura. Production was suspended when Nakamura became ill, eventually passing in 2013 from pancreatic cancer. ABe confirmed in 2014 that the project would continue with a new director.


The story of Desupera is set in 1922, just before the end of the Taisho era and a year before the Great Kanto earthquake.


Source: Chiaki J. Konaka on Twitter


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Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram

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