After news spread that director Tatsuki was released from the anime project Kemono Friends, an official statement was released on the official website of the series.
According to this statement, the production company wanted to keep up the production system, but at the beginning of August they received word from Yaoyorozu, the animation studio, that they want to stop working on the series, so currently they have to start from the beginning.
Part of the problem was also the lack of communication from Yaoyorozu, who didn’t share information properly.
Fans were so upset about the news of Tatsuki not being involved in the second season, that when the company released a statement, the homepage broke down from the massive amount of people who tried to access it.
You can read the full statement below.
Regarding Kemono Friends, we were able to announce a new project for it, but since the announcement, we have been thinking about whether to keep using the old production system or make a new one, and we haven’t come to a conclusion yet. We want to prioritize the production system used in the first season and adjust it to meet the viewers expectations. However, at the beginning of August we received word from Yaoyorozu, the animation studio, that they want to stop working on the series, so currently we have to start from the beginning.
Kemono Friends is working with the philosophy ‘animals first’ and there are many people involved with the development of the games, manga, anime, and even stage plays. We want to keep the doors wide open for the possibility to work with more people who have the same philosophy. This is not a project that belongs to one person but is for the animals, which is why Kemono Friends will keep going.
However, Yaoyorozu did not share some information in appropriate ways for some works that they handled. For the next production, we offered them to normalize the flow of information so that they would share relevant information in advance, but they did not accept our condition and declined.
Because of the reasons stated above, the Kemono Friends project will be delayed but we will continue to work on the project with everyone to protect the work and its fans, and to carry on the mission of learning more about animals. We will reveal more information about the project as soon as possible.
Please enjoy the variety of Kemono Friends Projects from here on as well.
Announcement regarding the Kemono Friends Project