Netflix has gone all in on anime, no question about that. There is so much, in fact, they recently unveiled the line-up during a presentation in Tokyo. This included trailers and a quick synopsis. Let’s take a look.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Cagaster of an Insect Cage (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
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