Fans of anime can rejoice as Netflix has announced a further 5 new Original Animes!
Over the past few years, Netflix has invested a lot of money in bringing plenty of Asian content to a worldwide audience. With the additional 17 new titles announced this will take the total amount of Asian Originals both new and returning to over 100.
Netflix’s most recent press release was a showcase of their focus on the Asian market. Within the 17 new Asian Originals announced, 5 of which are brand new anime titles. There are no release dates as of yet for the new animes but here is everything we know right now about them. Netflix already has a lot of anime scheduled for future releases and with the addition of 5 further Originals, it’s a great time to have a Netflix subscription.
Pacific Rim (Release: TBA)
Fans of the franchise will be overjoyed to hear that Pacific Rim is getting its very own anime series. The series will return and expand upon the story of the first 2 films with the narrative focused on two siblings. To find their parents the sibling pair is forced to pilot an abandoned Jaeger to cross the hostile world. The brother is described as an idealistic teenager while his younger sister is the more naive of the two.
The series is being led by co-showrunners Craig Kyle who previously worked on Thor: Ragnarok and Greg Johnson, who worked on the X-Men: Evolution series that ran for 4 seasons from 2000 to 2004.
Production is of the anime is being handled by Legendary Entertainment.
Altered Carbon (Release: TBA)
Choosing to expand upon the universe of which Netflix has built the popular Original sci-fi series is also getting an anime. While it is unconfirmed what narrative the story will follow it will take place in the same universe as the live action series and will expand upon the mythology of its world.
Fans of Samurai Champloo and Cowboy Bebop will be happy to hear that writer Dai Sato is the co-writer of the series alongside fellow writer Tsukasa Kondo. Production of the anime will be dealt with by animation studio: Anima.
Cagaster of an Insect Cage (Release: TBA)
Based on the manga series by author Kacho Hashimoto the story is centered around a young couple that struggles to survive in a post-apocalyptic world in which the disease known as the ‘Cagaster’ transforms humans into murderous insects.
To direct is the series is Koichi Chigira who’s previous work was on such titles as Last Exile and Full Metal Panic! We can expect a beautifully made anime as animation studio: Gonzo is the studio that will develop the series. Gonzo has animated fan favorites such as Hellsing and Afro Samurai.
Yasuke (Release: TBA)
In the war-torn era of feudal Japan, a retired ronin takes up arms once again after he is charged with the task of transporting a child to safety. The mysterious child is being hunted by dark forces that wish it dead, bringing his sword out of retirement the ronin has no choice but to fight once more.
Creator LeSean Thomas is also a director and executive producer on the project. His was the co-director for the outstanding animated comedy series The Boondocks. Thomas is also involved in another Netflix Original project Cannon Busters.
Flying Lotus has been given the responsibility of composing the music for the series. Fans of the American tv show Atlanta will recognize the voice of Lakeith Stanfield who will be voicing protagonist Yasuke. Yasuke is based upon a historical samurai of African origin that fought with Oda Nobunaga.
Lastly, animation studio MAPPA will be responsible for the animation. MAPPA has already animated one Netflix Original series already, the gambling anime Kakegurui.
Trese (Release: TBA)
Trese is based on the graphic novel of the same name by creators Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldissimo. The story is based upon Philippine folklore of mythical creatures that live in hiding amongst humans. Protagonist Alexandra Trese goes up against the criminal underworld of Manila who’s crime bosses consist of supernatural beings.
The executive producer of the show is Jay Olivia who’s previously worked on Wonder Woman and The Legend of Korra. Production will be undertaken by Shanty Harmayn and Tanya Yuson at BASE Entertainment. The studio is based in Jakarta and Singapore.
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