Took them long enough, but it's done. Development Hell is what some works go through if there's too much Executive Meddling , lawsuits, and so on. The fanbase is waiting more and more impatiently, but nothing gets done.
Sometimes, however, divine intervention or something similar happens. After many years, or even decades , of promises, the work is finally released. Of course, the finished product is almost always significantly - or even completely - different from what the creator originally had in mind, if for no other reason than the conditions imposed by the passage of time.
See also The Shelf of Movie Languishment , where it gets done but not released. May involve What Could Have Been if the project saw changes after being dusted off. Please only list examples here which have actually left development hell. Also, note that just because a title was saved from development hell doesn't necessarily mean that it's good. There are far too many examples of "saved" titles that were so bad or underwhelming that people would have preferred it stayed in development hell.
Unfortunately, Tokyopop stopped publishing—but did not go bankrupt—in , right before the third and final volume was to be released. Since Tokyopop wasn't publishing, they didn't release the volume, but since the company still existed, the authors couldn't get the rights back to have it published somewhere else. Comixology finally picked it up in May and is now selling all three volumes.
Though this is a dub rather than a series, Sgt. ADV Films announced their license of the series in early , then went completely silent about it for two years and never released so much as a cast list, let alone a DVD or anything close all we got were trailers for the show appearing on some of ADV's releases from , and some of the actors mentioning it in commentaries and convention appearances.
Funimation picked up the distribution rights and released a "test episode" on their YouTube channel seeking feedback in late The first batch of episodes was eventually released on DVD in September , and some of the episodes of the final version are up on their video portal. Six months later all of Season 1 split into two "seasons" due to its length had been released. The series then went through this again. FUNimation had originally announced the acquisition of the first episodes, but stopped halfway through, bringing back unpleasant memories of an earlier series of theirs.
It took another year for Funimation to announce 26 more episodes, which were released in quick succession in July and August Slayers missed out on a direct fourth season in due to production issues and Megumi Hayashibara having schedule conflicts, and while there were more OVAs, a movie Slayers Premium and other media, it took eleven years for a fourth season to finally appear.
A fifth then occurred the following year. It took nine years for Keiko Takemiya to get her manga series Kaze to Ki no Uta published, due to the plot focusing on a homosexual relationship and Takemiya's refusal to release the series with any censoring.
There are seven episodes. It has had a crazy situation with this in America, especially if you're talking uncut episodes. Then in , they lost the license altogether.
Then FUNimation picked up the show and started putting their version on Toonami They started releasing DVD uncut from the first episode, but certain actors told fans at cons that it was FUNimation's worst-performing series studio reps denied it , leaving doubt as to whether they would even bother releasing the season they aired on Toonami, to say nothing of any episodes after.
The time between original licensing of the show and a proper uncut release: It gets crazier once you get to the streaming. The online simulcast was announced and was hacked on the very first night, canceling the event and leaving FUNimation and Toei talking for months, leaving fans wondering if they'd ever get caught up to Japan or keep getting DVDs at all.
Then finally, months later, the simulcast came back and is still going strong. TV airing at all for a Summer release, and Season 5 a few months later for The second season, both in Japan and the USA. Also, the second season finally started airing in the middle of a rerun of the first, with no advertising to speak of, amid official denials from the publisher.
It's like they think the fans are masochists or something. Steamboy was in production for 16 years, which definitely shows in all the Scenery Porn.
After two years, Maikaze finally released a trailer for the second episode of their Touhou fanime Musou Kakyou: A Summer Day's Dream , which had been rumored to have been scrapped over criticism, both from ZUN, the original creator of the series, and from fans.
Shaman King was canceled around the last chapters due to very low ratings and it was finished with a 'Not concluded' note at the end of it, in It was until that Shueisha announced that they were releasing a perfect edition of the manga, giving the chance to the author to finish exactly where and how he wanted it to be. The last volume of Shaman King: Kang Zeng Bang was eventually released in The third movie took a really, really long time.
It was released on November 17, , more than three years after the previous movie. The end product had nothing to do with the material from the trailer at the end of 2. Due to Tokyopop's losing the license, the U. Yen Press acquired the rights in , and are releasing all five volumes in two omnibus editions. Similarly, they've released all three volumes of the Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix manga in two volumes.
Advent Children does fit. Announced at TGS , and originally targeted for a summer release, it ended up appearing in its original form in September The reason, according to director Tetsuya Nomura , was that the movie was originally meant to only be roughly minutes long. However, fan interest skyrocketed as soon as the movie was announced, so the script was rewritten and the movie lengthened to accommodate for an expectation.
Advent Children Complete again deserves a mention: Due to the manga centering heavily on ableism in Japan, Koe no Katachi took several years to become a series due to its controversial nature. There was even an attempted lawsuit against it. It was originally a one-shot in but was remade in , where it finally got mainstream attention, and later was adapted into a several volume manga in The Code Geass Gaiden was first mentioned in the or time frame, though its official announcement wasn't until early-mid It was supposed to air in It finally came out in late Sailor Moon Crystal was announced in June with a tentative premiere scheduled for Summer The year went by with no updates on the project, and it missed its announced premiere window.
Then producers suggested it was pushed back to Winter , and then it failed to make that window. Then updates finally started happening, the first promo image was revealed in March , and the series finally premiered in July , a year behind schedule. While writing Orange , the author Takano Ichigo became extremely ill and had to paralize the publication of her work for more than a year. She's resumed publishing by now even moved to another magazine from a different publisher , but she still has sequels, meaning the series doesn't get published monthy if the author couldn't make it to the deadline.
The series has been completed as of late , however. An anime adaption of Kizumonogatari, the prequel to Bakemonogatari , was announced back in after the first installment's conclusion. Shortly afterward it was instead announced as a theatrical release delayed to March And then it was delayed again The one time the movie did have a release date, it was rescinded the same day and never mentioned again.
Since the announcement of Kizumonogatari, Studio SHAFT has released five more installments to the Monogatari series and over a dozen other projects with no sign of Kizu seeing the light of day.
It finally released in in the form of a three-part movie series. Architecture The Barcelona cathedral, Sagrada Familia, was begun in It was consecrated in It is assumed to be completed by The Cologne Cathedral began construction in with the foundation stone being laid.
Construction stalled in , though intermittent work continued until the early-to-mids; this was typical for most medieval cathedrals, which operated on an "ad-hoc" funding basis from donations. However, in the case of the cathedral in Cologne, the original plans were rediscovered in the 19th century, in the social context of a German Romanticist movement to which the grand vision behind the massive Gothic structure appealed. Funding was provided for by donations as well as the Lutheran royal court of the Kingdom of Prussia, which saw the completion of the cathedral as a way to demonstrate its beneficence to its newly-annexed Catholic subjects.
Construction finally resumed in and the completion of the cathedral was celebrated in , over six centuries after construction began and four centuries since construction originally stalled. The San Francisco 49ers were trying to get a stadium built for many years under multiple plans to replace Candlestick Park, which had been built for baseball and had to be retrofitted to accommodate them.
Plans for Mall at Bay Plaza in the Bronx an enclosed mall adjacent to the existing Bay Plaza strip mall were first announced in Penney store was built on the mall site in , but nothing else ever happened until the mall itself finally broke ground in mid When completed in , it was one of only two enclosed shopping malls in the U.
Since , plans have been proposed for the redevelopment of the Landsdowne Park area in Ottawa, Ontario, since the announcement of a CFL franchise for the city to play in The date was pushed back to after it became a necessity to replace the entire stadium and pushed another year back after a lawsuit from a group of residents in the area. The lawsuit was eventually dismissed in and construction began. Famous ancient buildings certainly count.
Congress finally stepped in to fund its completion. A plan was finally settled, construction was resumed, and the building finally topped out in — 11 years after the attacks leveled its predecessor. Washington National Cathedral took 70 years to be completed. The "Big Dig", Boston's famous plan to reroute I, a. It finally completed and the tunnel opened in The Superdome would open for the season, after more construction delays that forced Super Bowl IX which was intended to serve as the stadium's grand opening being moved at the last moment to the aging Tulane Stadium, where that game would be played in cold, windy and rainy conditions.
North Korea's Ryugyong Hotel, which started construction in Pyongyang in , was built with the intent of creating the world's tallest hotel and to attract foreign customers to the North Korean market.