Following the successful Castlevania anime adaptation, Netflix is expanding their anime catalogue even further with twelve new anime series. The streaming service unveiled a dozen of new anime productions from Western and Eastern studios during the Netflix Slate 2017 conference in Tokyo yesterday, where a number of previews were shown including a teaser for its original adaptation of Devilman Crybaby.
Devilman Crybaby is an anime serial adaptation of Go Nogai’s horror shounen manga series, Devilman. The series will be led by a high class team of Japanese creators, including director Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, Ping Pong The Animation, Space Dandy 2nd Season), his animation studio Yuasa’s Science Saru, screenwriter Ichiro Okouchi (Brave Story, Berserk: The Advent, Memoirs of a Hunter Girl), and a soundtrack composed by Kensuke Ushio (A Silent Voice, Ping Pong The Animation). As for when the series will hit Netflix, fans will have to wait until early 2018.
Another notable series that was announced is A.I.C.O. Incarnation, a dystopian sci-fi series by animation powerhouse Bones (My Hero Academia, Mob Psycho 100, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood) and director Kazuya Murata (Code Geass, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, Eureka Seven).
Set in Tokyo two years after a catastrophic event called “the Burst,” A.I.C.O. Incarnation follows Aiko, a physically disabled teenage girl who has lost her family to the Burst and discovers a secret deep within her body that ties to where the plague began. Like Devilman Crybaby, this series will also release in early 2018.
Fortunately for anime fans, some of Netflix’s anime lineup will release this year. The first in the Netflix original Godzilla anime trilogy, Godzilla Planet, is out in November. The first season of Fate/Apocrypha, which is currently airing in Japan and based on the Fate/Stay Night series, will be available to stream on the Australian Netflix store December 2, nearly a month after it lands in North America. Animation studio MAPPA is currently airing anime about a school of gamblers, Kakegurui, which will debut sometime in 2018.
According to Polygon, Netflix are also remaking the classic Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya action series with Toei Animation and director Yoshiharu Ashino (First Squad, Puella Magi Madoka Magica). Other Netflix anime in production include adaptations of Abi Umeda’s Children of the Whales, Keisuke Itagaki’s Baki the Grappler, and Toshiki Inoue’s Sword Gai, as well as Netflix's own original anime shows such as Lost Song, B: The Beginning, and an anime about the lovable bear, Rilakkuma.
With these upcoming new shows and currently streaming series like Seven Deadly Sins, Ajin, and Blame!, Netflix is expanding their anime catalogue and quickly branding itself as a vital service in the anime streaming and producing scene. If you haven’t seen Adi Shankar’s Castlevania anime OVA, we cant recommend it enough and we have high hopes for Devilman Crybaby and A.I.C.O. Incarnation.
Regardless, much like how Netflix released the first season of Little Witch Academia while the last few episodes of the series aired in Japan, the streaming service plans to release Fate/Apocrypha and Kakegurui months after their initial broadcasts in Japan, which fans are no doubt disappointed by. Last but not least, Netflix’s live-action film based on Tsugumi Ohba’s Death Note manga will begin streaming August 25.
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