The Ten Count anime adaptation has been canceled after a decision by the production team. The theatrical anime was scheduled for a 2023 release but that never happened. The adaptation previously revealed a teaser visual:
Notice of cancelation was posted on the official Ten Count anime website:
Thank you for your continued support of Ten Count.Regarding the theatrical animation Ten Count, which was scheduled to be released in 2023: we have been moving forward with the release, but due to production reasons, we have decided to cancel the production.
We would like to sincerely apologize to all the fans who have been looking forward to it for a long time, as well as to everyone involved in the production of this work.
EAST FISH STUDIO and SynergySP were supposed to be animating the adaptation. So Toyama was writing the script and directing, while Tomomi Shimazaki was in charge of the character designs. The cast included:
- Shinnosuke Tachibana as Tadaomi Shirotani
- Tomoaki Maeno as Riku Kurose
The Ten Count manga by Rihito Takarai was serialized from 2013 to 2017 in Shinshokan’s Dear+ magazine. It ended with 46 chapters, compiled into six volumes. Viz Media’s SuBLime published the entirety of the manga in English and describes the plot as:
Corporate secretary Shirotani suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. One day he meets Kurose, a therapist who offers to take him through a ten-step program to cure him of his compulsion. As the two go through each of the ten steps, Shirotani’s attraction to his counselor grows.
Ten Count was also featured in the short 6 Lovers web anime.
The adaptation of Rihito Takarai’s story was initially first set to have a TV premiere in 2020 but was delayed because the staff wanted to further develop the direction of the story.
Source: Ten Count Anime’s Official Website
© Rihito Takarai, Shinshokan / Ten Count Production Committee