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Kazuki Akane & 8-Bit Unveil New Original Anime Project

So, what will we call this one? “Encouragement of Escaflowne?” “Vision of Climb?” (Editor’s note: These are jokes.)

Earlier today, anime studio 8-Bit took to Twitter to announce that they’re working on a new original anime project. The project, the title of which hasn’t been revealed as of press time, will be a co-production with Vision of Escaflowne director Kazuki Akane.

The first crew members and visuals, as well as a basic concept were revealed for the title. We break the details down below.


Three visuals were were released:

  • One features three characters in school uniforms, set against a white background
  • One features nine characters in winter clothing, as shown from behind. Their backpacks hang low as they walk, and wisps of breath puff into the air.
  • Two character designs of characters in tennis uniforms


Kazuki Akane (Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Vision of Escaflowne) is directing the project at studio 8-Bit, with illustrator Itsuka providing original character designs.

Akane is also credited with the show’s scenario, as well as the original work.


The series will focus on children going through puberty, and the drama that the time entails.

Source: Otakomu

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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.

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