Is a Layton’s Mystery Journey anime on the way?
Level-5 abby, the international licensing firm from Level-5 and Dentsu recently announced a partnership with Bomanbridge Media to represent their properties across various Asian markets. Nestled in that announcement alongside The Snack World and Inazuma Eleven Ares is a small nugget that reminded us of a story we shared a while back about animated Professor Layton content being in development. Well, it seems that’s actually a Layton’s Mystery Journey (known in Japan as Lady Layton) anime.
Bomanbridge lists the Lady Layton Mystery Journey anime product as running for fifty 30-minute episodes. It was previously reported that the franchise’s latest anime project would be twenty-six episodes long and come out sometime next year.
The Professor Layton franchise debuted with a video game from Level-5 on the Nintendo DS in 2007. It told the story about the titular Professor and his assistant Luke as they solve cases using puzzle game play. Multiple sequels and prequels were produced with cumulative video game sales surpassing 15 million units worldwide. The most recent entry, Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy, launched on the Nintendo 3DS and iOS/Android platforms earlier this year. The game marked the first time the Professor didn’t star in a mainline release. Instead, Katrielle, the Professor’s daughter, took on the puzzle solving.
The latest game featured cutscenes animated by Japan’s A1 Pictures. Take a look at what the Layton’s Mystery Journey anime could look like:
The Professor Layton franchise previously inspired an anime feature film in 2009, which was produced by OLM. According to our earlier information, a new game in the series is planned to debut next summer.