Netflix Announces New Slate of Original Anime
Streaming giant Netflix is looking to expand their original anime content by adding a slew of series to their slate! At today’s Netflix Anime Lineup Presentation 2019-2020 in Tokyo, they announced a number of new series, expected to launch on the service at some point in the next year.
The upcoming Netflix anime titles include The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened, Levius, GHOST IN THE SHELL: SAC_2045, Japan Sinks: 2020 and EDEN, along with many other original series that will premiere by the end of 2020.
“Netflix has been focused on building a strong slate of anime shows since 2017. In the past year, viewing for Japanese original anime has grown over 90% bringing joy to anime fans both in Japan and beyond. We aim to produce even more shows the world has never seen with some of the world’s best talent,” commented Taiki Sakurai, Chief Producer, Anime, Netflix.
Here is a preview of the upcoming Netflix anime titles, along with preview images and trailers, if available.
High school student Kusuo Saiki has supernatural powers including telepathy, psychokinesis, fluoroscopy prediction and so on. The strongest power actually brings misery for him. Therefore he seals his superpowers when he is in front of others and tries not to stand out or get involved with people. But, for some reason, his friends, families and all living creatures always gathered around him then something unexpected happened.
Based on the manga: “The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.” by Shuichi Aso
Director: Hiroaki Sakurai
Character design: Masayuki Onji
Music: Psychic Lover
Animation production: EGG FIRM×J.C.STAFF
Cast: Hiroshi Kamiya, Daisuke Ono, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Satoshi Hino, Natsuki Hanae, Ai Kayano, Kosuke Toriumi, Nao Tohyama
Genre & Episode Count: Comedy, 6 episodes x 24 mins (approx.)
Levius – Global Launch: Nov 28, 2019
The year is 1842 of the New Era. Five years have passed since the Fosanian Conflict, a dispute for territorial drilling rights of Agartha water, came to an end. It is an era where “hypersteam” is used to power a variety of things, and the martial art of metal boxing, where machines are fused with the human body for combat, is at the height of its prosperity.
The story follows Levius; a young man whose parents became casualties of war. He is taken in by his uncle Zack, and it is there that Levius begins to immerse himself in the world of metal boxing as if led by fate itself, and his innate ability for the martial art blossoms.
Levius rises up the ranks to Grade 3, taking down his formidable rivals one by one, as a mysterious man by the name of Dr. Clown watches over him, his lips curled up into an audacious smile. Meanwhile, memories of the war continue to haunt the depths of Levius’s mind…
Now, Levius must take the fight for his destiny into his own hands!
Based on the Manga: “Levius” by Haruhisa Nakata
Supervising Director/Series Composition: Hiroyuki Seshita
Director: Keisuke Ide
Music: Yugo Kanno
Animation production: Polygon Pictures
Cast: Nobunaga Shimazaki, Junichi Suwabe, Takahiro Sakurai, Ayane Sakura, Hochu Otsuka, Daisuke Ono, Saori Hayami, Mamoru Miyano
Genre & Episode Count: Steampunk/Action, 12 x 24 minutes
GHOST IN THE SHELL: SAC_2045 – Global Launch: 2020
Created by Masamune Shiro, the sequel of much acclaimed Ghost In the Shell SAC series has come back as a full 3DCG anime series. Directors Kenji Kamiyama, Shinji Aramaki and SOLA DIGITAL ARTS will collaborate once again following ULTRAMAN (streaming 1 April on Netflix). This is the first Ghost In the Shell series to be brought to fans with a double director.
In 2045, the world has been thrown into a state of systematic “sustainable war,” but the threat of human extinction at the hands of AI hasn’t yet pervaded the public consciousness. Former members of Public Security Section 9, including full-body cyborg Major Motoko Kusanagi, are working as hired mercenaries when mysterious beings known as “post humans” begin to emerge. The world’s superpowers are trying to come to grips with the threat, and so Section 9 is reorganized.
Based on the manga: “Ghost in the Shell” by Masamune Shirow
Co-Director: Kenji Kamiyama × Shinji Aramaki
Character design: Ilya Kuvshinov
Production Studio: Production I.G × SOLA DIGITAL ARTS
Genre: Sci-fi, action
Japan Sinks: 2020 – Global Launch: 2020
Masaaki Yuasa is directing an upcoming anime series adaptation of famous science-fiction novel, “Japan Sinks” written by Sakyo Komatsu.
The story of “Japan Sinks 2020” develops in the current time of Japan in 2020 — the days right after the finale of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In such a setting, “Japan Sinks 2020” uniquely presents stories about current ordinary people in Japan — those who are struggling to survive their lives in such catastrophical world, and stand up for their hopes.
Based on the novel: “Japan Sinks” by Sakyo Komatsu
Director: Masaaki Yuasa
Music: Kensuke Ushio
Animation production: Science SARU
Genre & Episode Count: Sci-fi, 10 episodes
EDEN – Global Launch: 2020
The upcoming sci-fi fantasy series Eden is set thousands of years in the future, where a city known as “Eden 3” is inhabited solely by robots whose former masters vanished a long time ago. On a routine assignment, two farming robots accidentally awaken a human baby girl from stasis questioning all they were taught to believe — that humans were nothing more than a forbidden ancient myth. Together, the two robots secretly raise the child in a safe haven outside Eden.
The series is directed by Yasuhiro Irie and produced by Justin Leach, with character- and lead concept designs by Toshihiro Kawamoto and Christophe Ferreira featuring a screenplay by Kimiko Ueno. Clover Xie is serving as the background art director and Kevin Penkin as music composer. The 4-episode original anime series will be produced by Qubic Pictures and CGCG.
Director: Yasuhiro Irie
Producer: Justin Leach
Character design: Toshihiro Kawamoto
Concept design: Christophe Ferreira
Screenplay: Kimiko Ueno
Background art director: Clover Xie
Music: Kevin Penkin
Animation production: CGCG
Genre & Episode Count: Sci-fi fantasy, 4 episodes
Altered Carbon: Resleeved – Global Launch: 2020
This anime feature spin-off, set in the same universe of the Netflix original live-action sci-fi series (second season in production from Skydance Television), will explore new elements of the story mythology.
Director: Takeru Nakajima
Screenplay: Dai Sato, Tsukasa Kondo
Animation production: Anima
Genre: Sci-fi action, film
Cagaster of an Insect Cage – Global Launch: 2020
Set in a post-apocalyptic world where a mysterious disease “Cagaster” turns people into giant murderous insects, this manga-based series follows the struggle of a young couple to stay alive.
Based on the manga: “Cagaster of an Insect Cage” by Kachou Hashimoto
Director: Koichi Chigira
Animation production: Gonzo
Author: Jamie Sugah
Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.
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