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2021 ‘Tokyo Babylon’ Anime Canceled Amid Growing Plagiarism Issue

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One manga series that did well years ago and saw an OVA adaptation that Central Park Media released in the 1990s was Tokyo Babylon. The property comes from CLAMP where it ran from 1990 to 1993 in seven volumes but had re-issues down to five volumes. Dark Horse Comics has brought it out in English in two omnibus volumes.

A new incarnation was announced last fall with it set for an April 2021 debut where studio GoHands is producing the property. In December 2020, it was put on delayed-mode as the staff for it had based some of the costume design work on other sources that they shouldn’t have, making calls of plagiarism out there.

With a compliance team entering to make sure there were no further problems, things have been quiet since then until now. The official site has information from the compliance team that they found more examples of plagiarism which looks to have shook the confidence of the production committee. That, in turn, has had the project canceled with plans for a restart with a new production later on. They’re intending to move quickly to restart it but have no word yet with who they’ll be working with on it.

The series has Shingo Suzuki and Susumu Kudo directing it based on the series scripts from Jun Kumagai. Makoto Furuta is handling the character designs and serving as the chief animation director along with Keiji Tani.

The Japanese cast includes:

  • Shouta Aoi as Subaru Sumeragi
  • Nana Mizuki as Hokuto Sumeragi
  • Yuichiro Umehara as Seishirō Sakurazuka

Check out the official site and Twitter.

Plot Concept: It’s 1991, the last days of Japan’s bubble economy, and money and elegance run through the streets. So do the currents of darkness beneath them, nourishing evil spirits that only the arts of the onmyoji – Japan’s legendary occultists – can combat. The two most powerful onmyoji are in the unlikely guises of a handsome young veterinarian, Seishiro, and the teenage heir to the ancient Sumeragi clan, Subaru.

[Source: ANN]