Netflix is finally making the move to expand their anime selection with not one but TWELVE new series as well as a Godzilla animated film set to release later this year and into 2018!
The new Godzilla movie will take the franchise in a new direction. Into a harsh future where Godzilla has conquered and ruled the Earth for the past 20,000 years, and a momentous final confrontation with mankind is on the horizon.
Below is a complete breakdown for each upcoming anime!
Created, directed and executive produced by LeSean Thomas (Children of Ether), the series follows the adventures of S.A.M, a high-end, royal-class friendship droid who is accompanied by a peculiar, discarded maintenance robot and a cheeky, lethal fugitive.
Together, the unlikely trio set out on an unforgettable journey in a fantastic and dangerous world in search of S.A.M’s best friend, the heir to a powerful kingdom under siege. Twelve episodes are being produced by Manga Entertainment Ltd, Nada Holdings and Satelight (Macross Delta).
The protagonist Akira Fudo (Koki Uchiyama) learns from his best friend, Ryo Asuka (Ayumu Murase), that an ancient race of demons has returned to take back the world from humans. Ryo tells Akira that the only way to defeat the demons is to embody their supernatural powers, and suggests that he merge with a demon himself.
Akira succeeds in transforming into Devilman, who possesses both the powers of a demon and the soul of a human. The battle of Devilman and Akira Fudo begins! The series, comprised of 10 episodes, is a Science SARU production and will launch on Netflix globally in Spring 2018.
B: The Beginning (formerly known as Perfect Bones)
In a world driven by advanced technology, crime and action unfold in the archipelagic nation of Cremona. Koku, the protagonist. Keith, the legendary investigator of the royal police force RIS. A mysterious criminal organization.
A wide variety of characters race through the fortified city as it is beset by the serial killer, Killer B, and a chain of crimes in this suspense drama by director Kazuto Nakazawa. The series is comprised of 12 episodes and is a Production I.G. series that will debut globally on Netflix in Spring 2018.
Sword Gai: the Animation
A weapon that has drawn the blood of endless victims becomes legend, and at times takes on a life of it’s own. When this weapon’s human host is consumed by hate and murderous intent, he becomes a demonic combination of weapon and man that yearns only for slaughter.
An organisation has fought these dangerous beings over the centuries. A young man named Gai is destined to live as a weapon. As humans are bewitched by their weapons’ power, epic battles unfold with the fate of humanity in the balance in this battle action fantasy. The series will debut globally on Netflix in Spring 2018.
In the year 2035, an accident known as the “Burst” occurs during a research project in Japan, spawning an out-of-control artificial life form called “Matter” that has spread throughout the Kurobe Gorge. The research city that was once revered as the hope for humanity is cordoned off by the government.
Two years later, 15-year-old Aiko Tachibana, who lost her family in the Burst, learns something unbelievable from Yuya Kanzaki, a new student at her school. A secret is hidden within her body, and the answer to the puzzle lies at the “Primary Point”, ground zero, of the Burst. Aiko resolves to infiltrate the restricted area, escorted by a team of divers and with Yuya as her guide.
When boy meets girl with the fate of humanity in their hands, what new truth will come to light? The series comprised of 12 episodes is produced by Bones, whose memorable works include “Psalms of Planets EUREKA SEVEN” and “My Hero Academia.” The series will debut globally on Netflix in Spring 2018.
Rin (Konomi Suzuki), a sprightly girl who loves to eat, lives in a flourishing frontier village. Deep within the royal palace in the bustling capital city, the songstress Finis (Yukari Tamura) spends her days in solitude. Both share a special power no other person has. A miraculous power that can heal wounds, create water and stir the wind — the power of song.
Guided by destiny, the two young women each face an arduous journey with the power of song. The shadow of war looms over the kingdom, tainting even the miraculous songs with the blood of innocents. Loved ones meet their deaths as silent screams echo through a stone prison. As two destinies converge, will the final song be one of despair or hope? The series is comprised of 12 episodes, and is a LIDENFILMS x Dwango co-production. Lost Song will debut globally on Netflix in 2018.
Rilakkuma Series (Working Title)
To mark its 15th anniversary, Dwarf Studio brings to bear its world class stop motion animation skills to produce the first animated series featuring “Rilakkuma”!
Rilakkuma is a soft toy bear who showed up one day to live with an office worker named Kaoru. He spends his days lounging around the apartment. Although there’s a zipper on his back, what’s inside is a mystery. He loves pancakes, rice omelets, custard pudding and “dango” rice dumplings. His friends are Kaoru’s pet bird Kiiroitori and a small white bear cub named Korilakkuma who also showed up out of the blue.
The series, comprised of 13 episodes, is produced by Dwarf and is the first stop motion animated series featuring “Rilakkuma”.
Knights of the Zodiac: SAINT SEIYA
The Series follows modern day “Knights”, young warriors sworn to protect the reincarnated goddess Athena. Each Knight wears a powerful piece of armor that is linked to their chosen zodiac constellation. Their job is to aid Athena in her constant battle against the powerful Olympian gods that are bent on destroying humankind. The series is comprised of 12 episodes and is produced by Toei Animation.
Baki Hanma, trains with an acute focus to become strong enough to surpass the strongest fighter in the world, his father. Five of the world’s most violent and brutal death row inmates are gathering to face Baki. Their objective is to taste defeat — their unmatched strength and skill have led them to grow bored of life itself, and they now seek out Baki in the hopes that he can overwhelm and utterly crush them.
Talk about gluttons for punishment.
During this crisis, other underground martial art warriors gather to fight by Baki’s side: Kaoru Hanayama, Gouki Shibukawa, Retsu Kaioh, and Doppo Orochi. An epic showdown between violent death row inmates and Baki and his friends begins! More than 63 million copies of the original manga series have been printed and the series will be comprised of 26 episodes for Netflix, produced by TMS Entertainment.
There is one absolute rule in gambling — at the end of the day, there is a winner and a loser. The winner gains riches and esteem, while the loser is branded a failure and left with nothing. In the silence leading up to the moment that separates winners and losers, instincts are sharpened and ambitions reach the point of ecstasy. This is a harsh microcosm of life in a capitalist society.
Why are people captivated by a world filled with risk? What lies beyond the madness? As the class system of modern society crumbles, an unprecedented adrenaline-pumping anime sweeps the world. Based on the manga by Homura Kawamoto and Toru Naomura (Serialized in Monthly Gangan Joker published by Square Enix), twelve episodes of the series are being produced by MAPPA. The series will premiere in 2018 on Netflix, everywhere except Japan… sorry Japan.
Fourteen Heroic Spirits gather for an unsubstantiated Holy Grail War. In the city of Fuyuki, seven magi and their Heroic Spirits once clashed in a Holy Grail War. Amid the chaos of the Second World War, a magi made off with the Grail. Decades later, the Yggdmillennia clan holds the Grail high and secedes from the Mage’s Association, declaring their independence.
Enraged by the move, the Association sends assassins after them, only to have them wiped out by a Yggdmillennia Servant. The choice is made to fight Servants with Servants, and the Holy Grail War system is expanded to two factions of seven Servants each. A Holy Grail War of unparalleled scale, a Great Holy Grail War, begins in Trifas, Romania. Fate/Apocrypha is an ANIPLEX/A-1 Pictures production. The series will be 25 episodes that premiere in the US and Canada on November 7 and everywhere else, except Japan, on December 2.
Children of the Whales
In a world concealed by oceans of sand, 513 people live in complete isolation on the “Mud Whale,” an island-like ship adrift on the sand. Children of the Whales is an adaptation by director Kyohei Ishiguro and anime studio J.C.Staff based on Abi Umeda’s hit manga of the same name (serialized in Akita Shoten’s “Monthly Mystery Bonita”).
Chakuro, the island’s archivist embued with special powers, meets a mysterious girl named Rikosu as he investigates an abandoned ship that drifted up to the Mud Whale one day. It is the first time anyone on the island has made contact with someone from the outside world, but is it a felicitous sign that a new world awaits? The series will debut everywhere except Japan on Netflix in 2018.
Again, sorry Japan.