The Much Awaited BL Anime “Ten Count” Got Cancelled Due to Production Issues!
The anime adaptation of Rihito Takarai's Ten Count boys-love manga encountered a series of challenges throughout its production timeline. Originally slated for a television premiere in 2020, the project faced delays as the creative team reevaluated its development direction.
Later in October 2022, a new plan emerged, transforming the anime into a theatrical release set for 2023. Chisato Toyama, known for work on Pokémon movies, assumed the roles of director and screenplay writer, while Tomomi Shimazaki, from Elegant Yokai Apartment Life, was tasked with character design. Production duties were split between East Fish Studio and Synergy SP, with distribution handled by Pony Canyon.
Regrettably, despite these efforts, the anime met an unfortunate fate as it was officially canceled due to issues in its production. This decision left fans disappointed, especially after the anticipated shift to a theatrical format, which had generated renewed excitement.
Ten Count Plot
The narrative of Ten Count centers around Shirotani Tadaomi, a secretary grappling with mysophobia, and Riku Kurose, a counselor. As Shirotani seeks help, the story delves into their evolving relationship through counseling sessions.
Rihito Takarai initiated the manga's serialization in Shinshokan's Dear+ magazine in July 2013, concluding in November 2017. Viz Media's SuBLime imprint brought the series to English readers, releasing the final volume in December 2018. Notably, the manga earned acclaim by securing the top position in the Nationwide Bookstore Employees' Recommended Boys-Love Comics lists for both 2014 and 2015.
Despite the initial anticipation, the intricate challenges faced by the anime's production, peaking in its cancellation, left a void for fans who had eagerly awaited the visual adaptation of this beloved boys-love manga.