5 amazing sounding animated films that were never made


Anime history is full of great plans that, for various reasons, never come to fruition. These are just five of the most interesting examples.

A lot of things can doom a promising anime project. From lack of funding to creative differences, the story of the anime is full of amazing projects that for some reason never come to fruition, getting stuck in developmental hell or consigned to the footnotes of the story. Here are five of the most interesting animated films that have never been made.

Dream machine



Satoshi Kon, the writer and director of classics such as Paprika, agent of paranoia and Tokyo Sponsors, says that Dream machine was going to be an action-adventure movie about three robots. However, shortly after the film started, Kon was diagnosed with terminal cancer and it became clear that the film would not be finished during his lifetime. Kon entrusted the film to his friend Masao Maruyama who promised to finish it.


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However, once Kon passed, the film encountered several obstacles, including the inability to secure the funding it needed. Maruyama put the film on hiatus in 2011 and moved on to other projects, saying he still plans to finish his friend’s job. Later, in 2018, Maruyama said the film probably wouldn’t be finished for the foreseeable future, as he was simply unable to find someone who could match Kon’s directorial abilities. He went on to say that he was concerned that putting someone else in the director’s chair would make the film look like a cheap knock-off of Kon’s work, as opposed to something that had come from him. spirit of the late director.


Uru in blue



Uru in blue (also known as Uru Blue) was Gainax’s planned sequel to his 1987 film Royal Space Force: Wings of Honesty. The film was conceived in 1991, but a combination of budget issues and internal struggles within the studio resulted in the project being put on indefinite suspension in 1993.

However, in the years that followed, Gainax periodically returned to work on the film. In 1998, Gainax released a CD-ROM called Collection of frozen drawings Aoki Uru. This CD-ROM contained illustrations and storyboards from the failed project. Later that year the studio will be released Uru in blue-thematic content for Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator and rumors resurfaced again that the studio was going to release the ill-fated project. However, none of these rumors came to light until the Tokyo International Anime Fair 2013 where Gainax unveiled a teaser poster for the film. The project has been mentioned several times since, most notably during a 2015 FanimeCon panel where the studio featured redesigns of the main characters.


During the restructuring of Gainax in 2017, studio Gaina announced that it now owns the rights to Uru in blue and that he was planning upon its release in 2022. However, due to the large number of production changes, this film is a very different beast than the one that was originally conceived in the early 1990s.

Frontier 1939



Co-founder of Studio Ghibli and writer of the legendary The Grave of the Fireflies, Isao Takahata, announced Frontier 1939 in 1989. While The Grave of the Fireflies focused on the brutalities of WWII, Frontier 1939 would focus on the invasion of mainland Asia by Imperial Japan.

According to the synopsis of Takahata’s film, it was set to take place in Japanese-occupied Seoul in 1939. Akio, a university student, learns that his friend, who is believed to have died in a military academy, is actually alive. Akio goes in search of the friend only to learn that they have escaped from the army and joined the anti-Japanese resistance. While searching for his friend, Akio was to be captured by Japanese police to be freed by the resistance. And, in order to gain their trust, Akio agrees to help a Mongolian return to her homeland.


Takahata said the film was a discussion of the nature of national identity and aimed to educate Japanese viewers about the horrors of Japan’s imperialist past. However, the suppression of the Tiananmen Square protests made distributors think that a movie set in China was far too risky, and they shut down before it went into production.

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tATu Paragate



Banner for TATu Paragate showing the main characters

Expected release in 2004, tParagate .ATu was going to play the pop duo tATu It was an attempt to capitalize on the success (and controversy) of their 2002 single, “All The Things She Said,” which reached global infamy because of its implicit homosexual themes. This theme was made all the more explicit in his video, depicting the duo engaged in what appeared to be a lesbian romance.


The film would be hosted by iMOVE (which would also be working on Death threat among others). However, the series was called off when tATu distanced himself from his manager Ivan Shapovalov, accusing him of being more focused on creating scandals than promoting the band’s music. Only two promotional images have been released for the film, both of which depict the duo in outfits similar to those worn in the controversial clip. It’s unclear if anything else was actually produced for the project before it imploded.

JoJo’s bizarre adventure: combat trend



JoJo’s bizarre adventure has become a media juggernaut in recent years, with anime and manga selling millions of copies worldwide. In 2007 Studio APPP released the movie, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood. This film adapted the first act of the manga.


However, this film had very limited release in theaters and was never released in home formats, leading many to view it as lost media. There is a lingering rumor that Hirohiko Araki was upset with the film due to the deletion of several important characters, including Speedwagon. However, others say the film was never widely released due to a combination of low box office revenues and the failure of Studio APPP’s distribution deals.

The APPP studio reportedly began work on a follow-up film that would adapt the manga’s “Battle Tendency” arc. However, due to the failure of the first film, production was halted. Several storyboards from this planned film have leaked onto the internet, but they are believed to be all that exists of this canceled project.


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