Operation Backlog Completion 2018
Jan 052018
 

Last week, we finally got new details about the Layton anime first announced in October.

According to the new information, the anime is based on Layton’s Mystery Journey and will star Katrielle Layton.

It will be a “high-speed comical mystery-solving story,” and it sounds like it might tell an original story instead of adapting the game, although that isn’t entirely clear.

Back in October, they said it would be a 26-episode series, but this new information listed it at 50 episodes. That’s pretty impressive!

The movie, Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva, was pretty entertaining, if a bit convoluted due to cramming a Layton plot into less than two hours. 50 anime episodes should give the show a much better pace, especially if it focuses on smaller mysteries.

I wonder if it will include puzzles.

There will also be a manga adaptation of the anime, as well as “stylish goods.” Both are due out in spring 2018. I’ll try to play Layton’s Mystery Journey before then!

What are your hopes for the upcoming Layton anime?

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Oct 042017
 

We’re taking a break from horror today (although all of your comments will still qualify for the horror game giveaway) to discuss brighter, happier games.

First, a JRPG-inspired action RPG I’m working on as a writer, Destiny Chronicles, is now on Kickstarter. We’ll talk more about Destiny Chronicles on Friday.

In the meantime, there’s also exciting news for fans of the Professor Layton series!

Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy is already out for mobile devices and will be out for the 3DS this Friday. Now, a new report says the next Professor Layton title will be out in summer 2018 (most likely a game, although that wasn’t directly stated).

Since Layton’s Mystery Journey was announced as the next series, it will probably be a new addition to that storyline.

Not only that, but there is also a 26-episode Layton anime in the works for 2018. They haven’t said what the anime will cover, but since the animated movie (Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva) was pretty good, I have high hopes.

(It also sounds like they hope to localize The Snack World, which is great!)

I’m looking forward to playing Layton’s Mystery Journey once the 3DS version is out, and I’m excited to know that not only is a new game in the works, but an anime is as well! Are you interested in the Professor Layton anime?

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Jul 242017
 

Ever since I got into the Professor Layton series, new Professor Layton games have been immediate pre-orders for me.

However, I decided to wait for the 3DS version of Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy in October. Since the iOS and Android version came out last week, that means there will be a few months here before I can play the newest Layton game.

It’s frustrating to know there’s a new Layton game out there that I’m not playing, but it also lets me see other fans’ reactions to it… and so far, those reactions have been pretty good.

I was excited for the game when it was announced as Lady Layton, and the eventual screenshots that showed the traditional gameplay encouraged me, but there were still concerns. It’s the start of a new series. It has a new protagonist. It has a different tone.

Could Layton’s Mystery Journey meet the standard set by the previous games?

So far, the reviews have been pretty positive. I’ve seen a few criticisms of the story not being as exciting (and some complaints that it’s too expensive for a mobile game, but come on) but so far people seem to really love Layton’s Mystery Journey.

I hope I’ll feel the same when I play it in October. What about you? If you’re a Layton fan, have you started the new game right away, or are you holding out for the 3DS release?

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