Netflix revs up Anime production; announces new titles at Anime Slate 2017 Netflix is the biggest and one of the most popular content streaming service in the world right now with an ever increasing TV and Film productions that it brands under Netflix Originals. In 2016 alone, Netflix released some 126 Originals which was more than what other networks released. The service boasts of a strong 103.95 million subscribers across more than 190 countries where it provides content in 20 languages. The company is pouring an estimate of close to 6 billion dollars into content production now and we wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes the largest media production company soon.
Last week during its Anime slate event in Tokyo, Netflix also revealed that more than 50 percent of their user base in Japan stream anime on their streaming platform while 90 percent of all anime viewing happens outside of Japan.
The company recently celebrated 100 years of Anime in Japan at Anime Slate 2017 where it announced a bunch of new series along with adaptations and reboots of some classics. These titles Netflix announced are set to be released in between this year and Spring of 2018. 1/17 Cannon Busters
The series follows S.A.M, a friendship droid who embarks on a journey with one another droid and Philly to find S.A.M’s best friend who happens to be an heiress of a kingdom under peril. Cannon Busters is created by LeSean Thomas while Natasha Allegri, Anne Toole and Nilah Magruder serve as the writers of the series. The action-adventure fantasy is also a comic book sketched by Thomas.
2/17 Devilman Crybaby
Based on an original story by Go Nagai, Devilman Crybaby, the iconic manga series has been adapted for Netflix and is directed by Masaaki Yuasa. It tells the story of Akira Fudo who after learning of an impending demon attack on the world, unites with a demon, fusing himself with it and transforms into Devilman, a part-demon part-human entity in an attempt to defeat the demons. But the real battle begins within him, as Devilman and Akira Fudo.
3/17 B: The Beginning
The series takes place in the futuristic world of the archipelago Cremona plagued by Killer B, a serial killer at large and an attempt by Keith, a legendary royal police investigator to hunt him down. Lots of characters and a secret criminal organisation enhance the plot of this suspense drama series directed by Kazuto Nakazawa and Production I.G.
4/17 Sword Gai: the Animation
This dark fantasy-action series based on an original story by Toshiki Inoue goes around a legendary sword, the human wielder of which is filled with an overpowering rage to kill. A young man, Gai is fused with this evil sword as his right arm as he is destined to live as a weapon and face epic battles some of which concern the face of humanity itself.
5/17 A.I.C.O. Incarnation
Produced by Bones, best known for their work on Psalms of Planets EUREKA SEVEN and My Hero Academia and directed by Kazuya Murata, A.I.C.O. Incarnation is set in 2035 Japan where an incident known as the “Burst” happens during an ongoing research which leads to the origination of uncontrolled life form “Matter” spreading through Kurobe Gorge. The story focuses on a 15-year old Aiko Tachibana who lost her family in the “Burst” and discovers that something is hidden within her, the answer to which lies only at the “Primary Point” where the incident occurred.
6/17 Lost Song
This classic fantasy stars Yukari Tamura and Konomi Suzuki as two girls with the power of song. Their special power enables them to heal wounds, create water and stir the wind. The two girls set on a journey with this power of song when the shadow of war besieges their kingdom and the only questions remains is whether the final song will be one of despair or hope? Lost song is directed by Junpei & Morita and produced by LIDENFILMS×Dwango.
7/17 Rilakkuma Series
The stop motion animation series is based on a character created by San-X, a Japanese stationery manufacturer and has enjoyed immense popularity since its launch back in 2003. The series sets Rilakkuma as a living stuffed bear which just shows up one day and starts living with an office worker, Kaoru in his apartment. There’s a zipper on its back but mystery surrounds what’s inside the sentient bear. The series has been produced by Dwarf.
8/17 Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya
This action-adventure saga of cosmic heroes called “Knights” who don magical armours based on their zodiac follows them on their adventures with Athena in her war against other gods bent on destroying the mankind. Knights of the Zodiac is based on storylines and characters from Masami Kurumada’s Galaxy War and Silver Saint.
Adapted from Baki the Grappler, the manga series that has sold over 63 million copies, Baki takes us through the world of Baki Hanma and his journey of becoming the world’s strongest fighter, a title held down by his father Yujiro Hanma. Baki faces off with five of the world’s most dangerous criminals on death row and is joined by his fighter friends in what makes it an epic showdown.
Based on the manga by Homura Kawamoto and Toru Naomura, Kakegurui is a series where gambling has taken the world by storm, so much so that there’s an Academy been setup to study it. This Japanese Academy is committed to playing and revolve around the people enrolled in the academy and their desire to make money off gambling.
The series adapted from the spinoff book of the Fate/Stay light novel series by developer Type-Moon follows fourteen spirits belonging to two factions of mages and the Great Holy Grail War that ensues when the Yggdmillennia clan declare themselves independent of the Mage Association.
12/17 Children of the Whales
Based on Abi Umeda’s manga of the same name, Children of the Whales takes place in the 93rd year of the Sentence of Sand where the planet is covered in oceans of sand. As 513 people inhabit the Mud Whale, a ship in the shape of an island sailing through the sand, Chakuro who’s the island’s archivist investigate a ship that washed ashore to Mud Whale. Is it their first contact with the outside world?
13/17 Godzilla: Monster Planet
It's 2048. Godzilla has been wreaking havoc on earth and mankind since the past 20,000 years which forced them to leave the planet and set camp elsewhere. Upon realising that the planet they planned to inhabit wasn’t livable, a group of around 4000 people set out on a path of vengeance to Earth in order to take it back from the clutches of the Kaiju.
An adaptation of the science fiction manga by Tsutomu Nihei, Blame! is set in an extensive, multi-leveled, self-replicating city that is bent on devouring every single living thing. Killy, a lone wolf comes out of the shadow to guide humanity’s hand towards survival against all odds. The movie directed by Hiroyuki Seshita is now streaming on Netflix.
Inspired by the very popular game title from Konami, Castlevania will be returning for a second season in 2018. The dark medieval fantasy series takes us with the last member of the Belmont clan on a journey to save Europe from Vlad Dracula Tepes. The first season of Castlevania is already streaming on Netflix.
16/17 Little Witch Academia
The anime series follows Akko at Luna Nova Magical Academy where women are trained to become witches. She, along with her friends Lotte, Sucy and Diana start their training to become a witch. The first season of Little Witch Academia is available worldwide on Netflix while the second season premieres on August 15.
17/17 CYBORG009: Call of Justice
Based on the original comic by Shotaro Ishinomori, Cyborg009: Call of Justice forces the nine cyborgs living in peace to take up arms once again when a superhuman Blessed emerges with a plan for the mankind in this new technological setting. Cyborg009: Call for Justice is now streaming on Netflix.
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