How come Professor Layton starred in six games and never got his own cartoon series, while his daughter appears in one game and immediately gets her own? Who knows?
Rumors of a Layton anime have been swirling around Japan since earlier this year, but we now know they’re true. The February issue of Shogakukan‘s Ciao magazine revealed the existence of Layton Mystery Detective Agency: Kat’s Mystery-Solving Files, a new series based on the latest Layton game.
For the uninitiated, the Layton games involve a man in a top hat and his kid sidekick, who travel to various Victorian villages and solve mysteries. The latest game happened to focus on Katrielle Layton, the Professor’s daughter. It was released in English on the 3DS last fall.
Akihiro Hino, CEO of Level-5 Games (creators of the Layton series as well as Yo-Kai Watch) will serve as creative director for the TV series. A manga adaption of the anime is also planned, and Tomy will be selling Katrielle merch next year when the show debuts.
26 episodes of Layton Mystery Detective Agency are in production right now, and the series is set to premiere in the spring of 2018. It’s not the first time the Layton world has been animated; a movie titled Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva opened in Japan in 2009 and was translated by Viz in 2011.