Our first news is the OVA for Yunosuke Yoshinaga's Broken Blade (Break Blade) manga series
The OVA would have centered on the past of the Golem Delphine and its mysterious creation, and the producers intended to make the OVA for both fans of the original story and new fans. The producers had been working on the project as recently as last December.
In Cruzon, children are born with the ability to control quartz. This power allows them to levitate simple objects—or control enormous and complex mobile battle suits called Golems. But when an ancient Golem is discovered during the height of a brutal war, a young king and his beautiful queen turn to Rygart Arrow. Though an “un-sorcerer”, Rygart can miraculously pilot this ancient and powerful weapon. But in war, school friends can turn into bitter enemies and allies have suspicious motives.
The decision was made in consultation with Yoshinaga. The announcement included an apology to fans who have been anticipating the project, and the website asked for the fans' continued support going forward.
Bumping this up as I can think of a few anime projects that were canned before being released... -Mardock Scramble- Many are familiar with the film trilogy done by GoHands earlier in the decade. Before that though, Gonzo planned to do an OVA adaptation of the series in 2005 that would have character designs by Last Exile designer Range Murata. However, the project was canned a year later. -Alive: The Last Evolution - This was another anime project that Gonzo planned to do a decade earlier based on the shonen sci-fi manga series. However, the project was canned because of Gonzo running into financial problems during the late 2000s. -T.A.T.u Paragate - This was a planned 2004 anime film that would feature the then popular Russian pop duo. However, contract disputes over the duo's public image led the film to be quietly scrapped in 2005. -Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2041 - This was a planned sequel to the TV anime remake of the popular Bubblegum Crisis OVA series called Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, but was quietly shelved and little information has been disclosed as to why. -The Dream Machine - This was an anime film in development by acclaimed director Satoshi Kon before his passing in 2010 from pancreatic cancer. Only about 40% of the movie was animated and efforts were made by production staff to try keeping the project going. However, lack of production funds and difficulty in securing a director capable of realizing Kon's vision for the movie led it to eventually be cancelled.
Someday I’ll be gone To somewhere that we belong And God has never played his role 'Cause I’m the one who saves my soul It’s a perfect world we’re longing for
I have to expand on the definition of canceled anime for the thread itself.
Like Dream have posted, anime that did not finished production or got released.
I do remember a very recent news. It was a light novel series that got canceled along with its pending anime series due to controversy involving bigotry.
The official website for the anime adaptation of MINE's [New Life+] Young Again in Another World (Nidome no Jinsei o Isekai de) light novels announced on Wednesday that the production and broadcast of the anime have been cancelled. The production committee's announcement cites many concerns raised after the anime was revealed, and the message also includes an apology.
Voice actors Toshiki Masuda, Megumi Nakajima, and Kiyono Yasuno all previously announced their resignations from their respective roles in the television anime on Wednesday. The talent management agency 81 Produce also announced Nanami Yamashita's resignation from the anime on the same day. According to their posts, Masuda, Nakajima, Yasuno, and Yamashita were slated to play the roles of the characters Renya Kunugi, Rona Chevalier, Shion Femme Fatale, and Creator in the anime.
As of Wednesday, the anime's official website is accessible within Japan, but viewers outside Japan see only an inaccessible website with a "403 Forbidden" error.
Original creator MINE has recently been involved in controversy regarding his alleged insults and discriminatory remarks directed at China and South Korea, along with allegedly discriminatory content within the story of the novels themselves.
MINE responded to the controversy and issued an apology on Twitter on Tuesday. In the first of a series of tweets, he said, "Regarding some of my past tweets, I made many people feel extremely uncomfortable, and I give my deep apologies for writing inappropriate remarks." He said he is "deeply reflecting" for posting "without accurately understanding all the facts" and without giving deep thought to his words. MINE added that he does not expect to receive forgiveness from the people he upset, but he wanted to give a "heartfelt apology."
In addition to deleting all his tweets, MINE plans to delete his Twitter account in the near future after the apology spreads.
With regard to the [New Life+] Young Again in Another World light novel series, MINE noted his "poor writing" and "rash remarks." As a result of recognizing the inappropriate content in his work, MINE will discontinue offering the novels on "Shōsetsuka ni Narō." He plans to discuss with the publisher about the possibility of correcting the relevant print versions of the novels.
The anime was slated to premiere in October.
Keitaro Motonaga (School Days, Jormungand, Digimon Adventure tri.) was directing the anime at Seven Arcs Pictures (Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja Scrolls). Takamitsu Kouno (Minami-ke Tadaima, Utawarerumono: The False Faces, Gabriel DropOut) was in charge of the series scripts, and was also penning the script alongside Touko Machida (Chaika the Coffin Princess), Koujirou Nakamura (Mobile Suit Gundam Twilight AXIS), and Chabo Higurashi (Memories Off 3.5). Makoto Takahoko (Thunder Jet, Fastest Finger First) was adapting Kaobcha's original character designs for animation.
J-Novel Club is publishing the novel series digitally, and it describes the story:
When death tapped Renya Kunugi on the shoulder, he smiled and went willingly. After enjoying a nice, long life of 94 years, he was looking forward to shutting his eyes for the last time. He was, therefore, understandably upset when he woke up again in an empty space, devoid of memories, with a young girl in a tunic rambling on and on about how she's God. So, he did what any reasonable person would have done under those circumstances: he sent the girl flying with a kick to the face. It turned out that the girl was indeed God, and she was in a pinch. She urgently needed someone to do some interdimensional Resource smuggling, and Renya fit the bill. His mission: cross the boundary into another world, then chill for a few decades. God would handle the rest. To sweeten the deal, she offered him an eighteen-year-old body and a whole laundry list of ludicrously powerful skills, yet he remained hesitant. Then, she mentioned the food — an exotic world comes with exotic delicacies — and this sealed the deal. The next thing he knew, he was standing in a foreign land, younger, stronger, and more clueless than ever. Will he survive this world? And more importantly, will the world survive him?
MINE launched the novels on the "Shōsetsuka ni Narō" website in January 2014, and the series has since garnered over 189 million page views. Hobby Japan began publishing printed novels for the series starting in November 2014 with illustrations by Kabocha. Hobby Japan published the 18th novel volume on May 24.
Source: [New Life+] Young Again in Another World anime's website via Hachima Kikō
Taka : Not sure if I'd consider many of the mentioned titles in your search result to be legit canned shows as there isn't much I'm finding to suggest there were plans of extended runs for the majority of them. At least as far as what I know on some of them...
-Fruits Basket- Yeah, the dispute between Natsuki Takaya, Studio Deen, and Akitaro Daichi is well known with fans of the series due to Takaya's revulsion for the changes made for the 2001 TV anime. As far as what I recall, Takaya was adamant that she would never allow for another Fruits Basket adaptation to be made if Deen and Daichi were involved in its production and this was a barrier for making another adaptation of the series for years because of the high praise many had for the original series.
-Martian Successor Nadesico- Don't recall hearing anything about cancellations for it. I know many Nadesico fans aren't fans of the movie follow-up, Prince of Darkness, due to the seemingly sudden timeskip for its plot and altered tone of the film compared to its more comical and light-hearted TV series. There was a Japan-only Sega Saturn game released before the film's theatrical release in Japan that served to provide more exploration of what happened with the characters following the TV anime's completion, though this doesn't necessarily placate things for fans of the series outside Japan lacking access to the game.
-Rurouni Kenshin- Won't dispute this one. The filler arcs of the series led to declining TV viewership of the series since it caught up with the manga following the Kyoto arc. There were plans to animate the Jinchu arc once the manga was further ahead, but cancellation of the series nixed those plans.
A few more canned projects I can recall...
-Gundam SEED Destiny - There were plans by Sunrise to make a movie to wrap things up with the SEED continuity of the Gundam franchise. However, the movie's head writer got in a series of health problems that eventually led to her passing and the movie's cancellation.
-Despera- The latest work planned by Serial Experiments Lain writer Chiaki Konaka and character designer Yoshitoshi Abe. Been in Development Hell for years due to the project's director passing away in 2013 and the current chaotic direction of the Japanese anime industry with the production committee system.
-Hannah Montana - Disney Channel's popular series of the late 2000s had an anime series in production by Toei during that time period, but was quietly shelved.
-Peanuts - In 2012, Madhouse announced they were making an animated short based on Charles Schultz's classic American comic strip series. However, no other information or an official release of the short has been made since that time.
Oh that was an example of the issues of canceled shows. I wanted to bring up an screenshot that isn't a legit list of canceled shows. I didn't put modifiers or a clear conditions for canceled shows. I like your list since it shows production.
Taka: How strange, when I log in, the colors via Fire Fox disappear. If I log out, I can see the color for hyperlink words. Anyways, been noticing God of High School has been the talk for WWE folks.
Jul 28, 2020 1:35:11 GMT