Mappa had announced MAPPA STAGE 2021- 10th Anniversary- scheduled for 27 June 2021 earlier this year. There have been a series of revelations about the event and guests via the official account on Twitter. Among them are well-known names like Yuki Kaji (Eren Yeager, AOT) and Yuma Uchida (Megumi Fushiguro, JJK), etc.
As a result, Mappa studio has been a hot topic of discussions among fans. Discussion forums on Reddit and Twitter have been heavily talking about Mappa’s tenth anniversary and Mappa studio in general.
Mappa studio has luckily or unluckily drawn huge fandoms by adapting the anime of several manga series with already fandoms. Attack on Titan (final season), Jujutsu Kaisen and Chainsaw Man (upcoming) are probably the best-known works of the studio. On the other end of the crazy huge fandom spectrum, Mappa has served anime like Yuri! On Ice, Banana Fish, Dororo, etc.
There have been reports of overwork in Mappy studio, especially of the Attack on Titan Final season staff. Not only are there harassment allegations from extremely obsessed fans but a former worker has also described the work conditions as ‘toxic‘.
With the messes Mappa studio has been involved in, in the last couple of months, netizens are doubly worried about newer things. Fans online have speculated the small size of the Mappa staff for each anime series. A huge majority, if not all, of the fans, have concluded that one of the big three (AoT, JJK, CSM) will fall short of expectations.
These fears are not unfounded, supported by the overworked conditions of most staff and criticisms by fans. Added to this, these are not the only anime series to be adapted later this year. Many fans have taken to Twitter to voice their worries and concerns over the upcoming Anime adaptations.
One user writes:
“There will be a sacrifice between jujutsu kaisen, aot or chainsaw man Mappa can’t adapt those 3 perfectly, and I think this sacrifice will be aot, **** Mappa higher-ups”
There will be a sacrfice between jujutsu kaisen, aot or chainsaw man
Mappa can't adapt those 3 pefectly, and I think this sacrifice will be aot, fuck mappa higher-ups
— Narko | Hell's paradise ? (@N4rk0__) May 27, 2021
“one of either JJK, AOT or CSM is going to get shafted in the animation because this studio is going TWELVE projects at the same time way too many for a healthy working environment”
one of either JJK, AOT, or CSM is going to get shafted in the animation because this studio is going TWELVE projects at the same time way to many for a healthy working environment
— Lumbar Da Dumbar (@LumbarFiend) May 27, 2021
Mappa has taken up large projects. They will have to race against time and reception to bring to the table what the fan wants.
Hopefully, we can have the ideal condition where the staffs’ working conditions have improved; and, proper and satisfying execution of all the series taken up by the studio. Only time will tell. In the meantime, look forward to MAPPA STAGE 2021.