Visual Novel publisher Key announced on April 1st that an anime adaptation of their 2004 Planetarian (Planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no Yume) visual novel is currently in production. Well it is not an April Fools, an anime is actually coming.
The official website of the anime has been just launched revealing that the series will be produced by David Production (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation). The anime itself is currently slated for a 2016 release.
Here is the anime’s announcement video:
Planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet (Planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no Yume) is a Japanese kinetic/visual novel developed by Key and published by Visual Arts. The game was released on PC in late 2004 in Japan, before being ported onto the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable in subsequent years. The series was also adapted into a light novel series and a series of Drama CDs. The game itself became available internationally on Steam in 2014.
Here is the game’s synopsis from Steam:
It is thirty years after the failure of the Space Colonization Program. Humanity is nearly extinct. A perpetual and deadly Rain falls on the Earth. Men known as “Junkers” plunder goods and artifacts from the ruins of civilization. One such Junker sneaks alone into the most dangerous of all ruins—a “Sarcophagus City.” In the center of this dead city, he discovers a pre-War planetarium. And as he enters he is greeted by Hoshino Yumemi, a companion robot. Without a single shred of doubt, she assumes he is the first customer she’s had in 30 years. She attempts to show him the stars at once, but the planetarium projector is broken. Unable to make heads or tails of her conversation, he ends up agreeing to try and repair the projector…
An anime adaptation of Planetarian is currently in works from David Production for a 2016 broadcast. Further details about the anime will be revealed at a live stream event on April 15.
“Planetarian”, “Planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no Yume”, images, video and all associated brands and title © 2016 Visual Arts, Key, David Production and the planetarian project