Level-5 announces animated adaptation of Layton’s Mystery Journey

Level 5After days of anxiety, Level-5 has officially announced an animated adaptation of its Layton’s Mystery Journey video game. Set for spring 2018 in Japan, the series’ title roughly translates to Layton Mystery Detective Agency: Kat’s Mystery-Solving Files.

It stars Katrielle Kat Layton, the daughter of Professor Hershel Layton as she tackles oddities in London along with her dog Sherl.

The series is being pushed as yet another one of Level-5’s cross-media franchise. The animated series will be produced by LiFilms.

Concurrent to the broadcast. a manga series will be serialized in Shogakukan’s Ciao magazine. Japanese toy manufacturer Takara Tomy has signed on to produce stylish goods based on the series. Level-5 will continue to develop new video games linked to the Layton Mystery Journey series.

Kana Hanazawa will voice Kat in what’s being described as a “high-speed comical mystery-solving story.” Level-5’s CEO, Akihiro Hino will serve as the show’s creative director and is credited as being its concept originator.

Susumu Mitsunaka will direct the series with character designs by Yoko Takada.

According to earlier reports, the series will run for 50 episodes, though Level-5 did not confirm those details in their initial announcement. The company also declined from sharing broadcast partners.