I don't think it would be awful if the anime took things slowly, given how rushed a lot of the final day of the tournament and the Eclipse incident were. If they could pad that out by giving some spotlight to all the battles that got quick endings or dragon v. slayer matches that were hardly shown at all, that would be a nice improvement.
so when is the airdate for the anime...is it 13th or next week...
And the thing is, they can stretch out the fights without hurting the quality.
I would recommend to stop dreaming about old pacing 'coz we are talking about series which popularity is still growing. Maybe new season will be more ecchi anime-type according what mashima presenting us in the newest chapters.
40chapters od Grand magic games was animated in 25 episodes. Without Ryuzetsu and Gildarts chapter we still have 41 chapters and probably it will take 26 episodes (2 seasons aka 2 openings). Ofcourse they can use gildarts chapter as a first episode of a new seasons (which it is not a bad idea).
I wonder what they'll do with Flare, her apologize was shown in OVA, not in original anime on-going series.
Probably in October or by the end of the year.
its going to be the same animation studio?
There hasn't been any news of change in animation studio and it's not a "remake".The same studio is going to continue the story from where it stopped.Your art is awesome btw.Iam a newb though.
Any news on a return date or any news at all?
I saw somewhere on FT wikia some info about february 2014 but who knows...
Partial news on the anime: Something "shocking" is coming next spring.
No idea what it could be. The only thing that could shock me would be a "Kingdom" 3D animation style adaptation of the manga.
Hmmm.... they could be relaunching the anime alongside an OVA or..... announcement of a movie?? that would be cool, I guess.
Anyways, good to see that February 2014 rumor more or less confirmed.
Most possible is second movie adaption. since the first one is seem had good reception.
And please, no strange adaption such as you mention, or rotoscope like Aku no Hana.