News Reporting

Saber Marionette J: The Last Story OVA Gets 2016 Unveiling

Soon, the sleeping Marionettes shall awaken once more.

Earlier today, anime studio AIC announced that a new Saber Marionette J OVA is in production. The studio plans to formally unveil the project sometime in 2016.

Character designer Tsukasa Kotobuki showed off a teaser image, which shows a seated Otaru being embraced by Marionette Lime. In the tweet, Kotobuki refers to the project as “Saber Marionette J: The Last Story.”

Saber Marionette J The Last Story Teaser Visual 001 - 20151228

Earlier this year, AIC revealed that they acquired the license to Hiroshi Negishi & Satoru Akahori’s Saber Marionette franchise, with plans to produce a new anime project. At the time, the project was given a working title of “Re: Anime Project,” with a teaser image showing off silhouettes of Lime, Cherry, and Bloodberry.

Saber Marionette J Re Anime Project 001 - 20150707.jpg

Saber Marionette made its début as an OVA project in 1995. The first entry, Saber Marionette R, was a three-episode OVA that was vastly different in tone from the rest of the franchise, though it also established Lime, Cherry, and Bloodberry as central characters.

The franchise took on its most commonly recognized form with Saber Marionette J. The series was three anime projects, Saber Marionette J, Saber Marionette J Again (OVA), and Saber Marionette J to X, which clocked in at a combined 57 episodes. All three of these titles were animated by Hal Film Maker and Studio Junio. The titles were directed by Masami Shimoda, and featured character designs by Shuichi Shimamura (Honey and Clover).

A 1996 manga adaptation featured a story by Akahori, character designs by Tsukasa Kotobuki, scripts by Juuki Hanata, and artwork by Yumisuke Kotoyoshi. The series ran through 1999, spanning five collected volumes.

Source: Anime News Network

About the author

Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

Anime Herald

Support Anime Herald

Anime Herald is brought to you through our Patrons and Ko-fi supporters. Consider backing us for as little as $1 a month to help us keep the site ad-free and pay a fair rate to our writers.

Patrons and backers can access several benefits, including Early Article Access, our members-only Discord, and the ability to suggest articles for our team to write on your behalf.

Latest Posts