There are only a few days left to say goodbye to 2023, a year that, despite not having been as prolific as the previous one, did leave us with very good animes to remember. MAPPA was once again the most popular Japanese animation studio thanks to his work in Jujutsu Kaisen, Vinland Saga and Shingeki no Kyojinalthough unfortunately it was also a trend due to its multiple accusations of labor exploitation.
Last month the president of MAPPA stated that they want to become as big as ufotable and Kyoto Animationand the way to achieve this will be by creating many animes of excellent quality. What awaits the studio in 2024? What animes will premiere in the coming months? Which ones are announced and could come out at the end of the year? It’s time to review it.
Bucchigiri?! – January 13th
MAPPA will inaugurate the year 2024 with Bucchigiri?!, a completely original anime that revolves around fights between criminals youth. However, we are not facing a Tokyo Revengers or something like that, here there will also be the presence of powerful demons that will put the protagonists in trouble.
Boukyaku Battery – April
In the spring season MAPPA will seek to differentiate itself from the competition by offering a animated series about baseball. In Boukyaku Battery (adaptation of the Jump+ manga by Eco Mikawa) we will learn the story of Haruka Kiyomine and Kei Kaname, former genius hitters who meet again with Taro Yamada at Kotesashi High School.
Taro, after leaving baseball, discovers that Kei and Haruka also attend school. Aoi Todo and Shunpei Chihaya, prodigy players, are also there after abandoning baseball due to disappointment in love. These geniuses unexpectedly form a new baseball club and resume their path in this sport.
Lazarus – Undated
A few months ago one of the biggest news in the anime world of all of 2023 was revealed. Shinichiro Watanabe, the director of Cowboy Bebop, is developing a new original anime in collaboration with MAPPA. This series is titled Lazarus and does not yet have a release date, but could arrive in the second half of 2024.
What is Lazarus about? Well, he is part of a group of 5 special agents who must find a doctor named Skinner to develop a vaccine that can save humanity from extinction.
Chainsaw Man Movie: Reze Arc – Undated
Some time after the end of the first season of the Chainsaw Man anime, several insiders revealed that MAPPA was already working on two projects sequel. One of them is Season 2, and the other is a film that is responsible for adapting Reze’s arc. This latest project was confirmed at Jump Festa 2024 and could arrive in 2024.
Do you want to see how the chainsaw kid’s story continues?
Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku (Season 2) – TBA
Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku is a manga that is already finished and currently only has one anime season, so it was a matter of time before MAPPA announced that it was already working on T2.
At the moment we have very little information about the return of the series, so it is not clear if it will arrive in 2024but I am sure that when it is released it will be one of the great action works of the season.
Yuri!!! on Ice The Movie: Ice Adolescence – To be announced
Of course we cannot forget Yuri’s movie!!! on Ice which was announced five years ago and has yet to be released anywhere. It seems that the pandemic and the accumulation of large projects caused MAPPA to have to postpone the production of this project until later.
Will we have a premiere next year? I hope so, but we must bear in mind that it would not arrive in Spain until later (if at all…)
And what could arrive in 2025?
As you have seen, MAPPA has a lot of material to release next year, but be careful because in 2025 it could surprise again with some star projects.
In the past a leak emerged that indicated that the One Punch Man Season 3 It would be animated by MAPPA, so if confirmed it may be planned for within two years. And then there is the issue ofthe third season of Jujutsu Kaisen and the Chainsaw Man Season 2which are clearly in pre-production and could arrive on those dates.