Multiple anime industry leakers are stating that a Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice anime adaptation is in the works and fans might have gotten some hints about the animation.
Some FromSoftware fans have a complicated relationship with Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice but there’s no question about its impact, becoming the first FromSoftware to rack up Game of the Year awards. Its greater story focus and its stylish combat and traversal were markedly different from the Soulsborne follow-up that fans were expecting, something that ruffles feathers to this day. Those elements do happen to make it much better material for an on-screen adaptation, and according to reports the story of Wolf might become an anime.
Well-known anime leaker oecuf0, who has risen to prominence for covering the upcoming Genshin Impact anime, posted about this some time ago. Another leaker who covers the anime industry might have given fans an idea of what to expect from the Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice anime.
Is there a Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice anime?
Multiple reports have come out from anime industry leakers saying that Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will receive an anime adaptation. Neither developer FromSoftware nor publisher Activision Studios has given fans any indication that a Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice anime is in the works.
Anime leaker oecuf0 posted on X in May 2023 that a Sekiro anime adaptation was in the works. While they didn’t elaborate on the leak in any future post, a different anime leaker posted on January 31, 2024, that the Sekiro anime looked like a “promising project.”
The second post was by user o_yms_, who was among the first to state that an anime adaptation of Sakamoto Days by TMS Entertainment, the studio behind Baki Hanma. This was then backed by other leakers. When asked if the Sekiro anime would have heavy CGI, the leaker stated that it’s “drawn and quite ambitious from what I have seen.”
Which studio is adapting the Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice anime?
There’s no information on which studio will adapt the Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Anime. The initial leak stated that the anime was being produced “by a Japanese studio,” which is vague to the point of being unhelpful. However, this can be pruned down to some degree.
The second leaker followed their post by posting a GIF from the opening of the anime Magical Destroyers. Magical Destroyers was produced by Bibury Animation Studios, the studio best known for The Quintessential Quintuplets and Azur Lane: The Animation. It’s possibly more likely that the leaker was hinting at the director and storyboarder of the opening, Kenichi Kutsuna, having something to do with the Sekiro anime.
FromSoftware is majority-owned by the massive media conglomerate, Kadokawa Corporation. Kadokawa wholly owns or has a significant stake in several animation studios including Kinema Citrus of Made In Abyss fame and ENGI, which made the Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out series.
Video game adaptations in general have become popular across the film and TV industry. With the success of video game adaptations like Arcane and Cyberpunk Edgerunners, FromSoftware likely had no problems finding a studio willing to adapt a major release and there would be no shortage of suitors who would want to distribute it.