Soon, fans will be able to return to Japari Park for short bursts of gaming action.
Yesterday, game developer Bushiroad opened pre-registrations for their upcoming Kemono Friends Pavilion smartphone app. More than 50,000 people have already signed up for the game.
According to the title’s official website, Kemono Friends Pavilion will receive in-game bonus items, depending on how many pre-register.
Bushiroad started streaming a 40-second teaser trailer to promote the release. The promo was first shown off at this year’s Tokyo Game Show.
Kemono Friends Pavilion will launch later this year. The game will be themed after the popular Kemono Friends anime series, which aired earlie this year. Bushiroad confirmed that the Kemono Friends Pavilion is the first in the franchise’s “Project G” game relaunch strategy. The anime cast noted that they are working on several game projects attached to the brand.
Another app, Kemono Friends Alarm, is currently available. The app has various characters from the franchise notify the user of the time.
Kemono Friends began life as a smartphone game from publisher Nexon, which launched in March 2015. The game ended service on December 14, 2017, ahead of the anime’s January 10 première. In February, Nexon announced that, despite the anime’s popularity, the game wouldn’t return. A spokesperson softened the message later, stating that it’s “possible” for a revival of the game.
The Kemono Friends anime is based on said smartphone game. TATSUKI directed the show at Yaoyorozu, with Shigenori Tanabe (Danchi Tomoo) writing and overseeing the show’s scripts. Sgt. Frog creator Mine Yoshizaki is credited with the original character concept designs.
On September 25, Kemono Friends anime director TATSUKI announced that he was no longer attached to the project. Kadokawa Dwango President Nobuo Kawakami reported that he was concerned about the incident and that discussions were going on between Dwango and Kadokawa.
On September 27, the Kemono Friends website posted a notice, which stated that Yaoyorozu “made use of the franchise without sharing information, or reaching out to all relevant parties” through the proper channels and that Yaoyorozu left production due to being unable to comply with these terms in advance.
The entire incident prompted outrage among the fan and creator communities, alike. On October 3, Kadokawa President and CEO Shinichiro Inoue addressed the situation on Twitter, stating that he was in talks with Yaoyorozu in the aftermath of the incident.
Last week, TATSUKI took to Twitter to confirm that he is alive and well, and intends to keep working on anime.
Crunchyroll streamed Kemono Friends as it aired in Japan. They describe the show as:
About The story takes place in Japari Park, an enormous integrated zoo built somewhere in this world. A mysterious substance found there, called “Sand Star,” causes the animals to turn into humanoid beings called “Animal Girls”! These new creatures spend every day peacefully with the zoo’s visitors… but after some time, a lost child turns up in the park. The child’s attempt to find the way home turns into a great adventure with the Animal Girls!