Michiyuki Honma, President of Studio Pierrot, Confirms Possible Return to Seasonal Anime with ‘Boruto’ and ‘Black Clover’

Michiyuki Honma, President of Studio Pierrot, Confirms Possible Return to Seasonal Anime with 'Boruto' and 'Black Clover'
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Although modern fans of anime will be better acquainted with studios such as MAPPA and Ufotable, true anime fans will know that Studio Pierrot is, without a doubt, one of the biggest industry companies and a production company that brought us a series of memorable series, including but not limited to Bleach, Naruto, Tokyo Ghoul, Black Clover, etc. Studio Pierrot is undoubtedly one of the biggest and best players in the anime market, and its CEO, Michiyuki Honma, has recently given an interview to Comic Natalie, where he talked about the studio, its financial status, as well as the plans he has for the future.

Honma revealed a lot of information about the studio’s current and upcoming plans, revealing what many fans will find interesting, i.e., that Studio Pierrot might shift to an old way of broadcasting, which could usher an interesting shift in the anime industry and return it to an era which was far richer in content than the current one.

There are several key points to take from this interview, and we are going to bring you these main points that you can then analyze and talk about yourselves. The first interesting point that Honma stressed is that he admires the production of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, and that he thinks that Ufotable’s anime raised the bar even higher:

I think Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba was a major turning point for the animation industry. A high quality work with an ample budget and a solid time commitment was broadcast and became a huge hit, and was watched by people of all ages. I really felt that we had to change the way things were made before and after ‘Demon Slayer’ was released.

Source: Comic Natalie

Another thing that was discussed, and that is most certainly the high point of this article, was a shift to seasonal anime, which could have an effect on the future of Boruto and Black Clover and the anime industry in general. Here is what he said:

I think it is definitely wonderful to produce one work for a long period of time, as Studio Pierrot has done in the past. At the same time, it entails great risks in terms of large budgets and time running costs. But I wonder if the same traditional way of making a film can compete with such a new way of making a film.

Source: Comic Natalie

This is certainly interesting, and while it could potentially lead to new filler episodes, it would also mean that we can enjoy more anime content than we do now when we have numerous breaks and long pauses between seasons, some of which last for years.

Another interesting thing that Honma talked about was the studio’s shift in production. Namely, Pierrot is an “old school” anime studio, and while both Bleach and Naruto were amazing back in the day, the paradigm has shifted in the meantime, so Pierrot had to adapt as well. This is how Honma commented on the studio’s evolution and growth:

We will probably lose our brand. I don’t want to lose. I want to be No. 1, and so does Pierrot. With this in mind, the entire company was committed to creating a new kind of animation when we created BLEACH: The Thousand-Year Blood War Arc.

Source: Comic Natalie

And we can attest that what Pierrot did with the new Bleach series is absolutely amazing in more ways than one. The interview ended with a future-oriented note, in which Honma praised one of the studio’s current projects and also told us that the future of Pierrot looks to be quite exciting:

I want people to pay attention to ‘Karasu wa Aruji wo Erabanai,’ which has been on air since April, because it’s a work created in a new style, and there are many series that are currently on hiatus, but I want people to pay attention to the new way of creating anime. Please look forward to the future of Pierrot, which is taking on the challenge of creating new animations.

Source: Comic Natalie

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