A project that's in 'development hell' and you want to see released? in Chit-Chat Posted August 29, 2017 Not counting any projects that have been cancelled of coarse, but for me it's an anime called Despera, a spiritual successor to 1999 cult classic cyberpunk anime series Serial Experiments Lain. The anime was to be lead by the three key people who made Lain what is was, those being famously bizarre writer Chiaki J. Konaka, my favorite character designer ever Yoshitoshi ABe and was to be directed by the late Ryutaro Nakamura, who unfortunately died from pancreatic cancer in 2013 his untimely death being the main cause of the hold of the project. However, in 2014 ABe announced they found a new director, but nothing new has yet to come from Despera. A graphic novel series, does in fact exist, yet it has yet to be translated to English and is currently running in Japanese magazine Animage. I also recall a Crazy Taxi movie being in development for years yet it faded away and I never heard much from it.