While watching a gigantic robot swing a tanker ship like a baseball bat at a massive kaiju inÂ 2013’sÂ Pacific Rim, chances are that you thought to yourself, “Wow, this is like an anime came to life!” Well now the creative cycle of ouroboros is complete as Netflix announced five new anime series on Thursday, including series basedÂ Pacific RimÂ and Netflix’s cyberpunk mysteryÂ Altered Carbon. Here’s a look at everything that Netflix revealed:
Remember when we meet Cailee Spaeny’s character Amara inÂ Pacific Rim: Uprising? She is living in a warehouse in Los Angeles, pillaging the remains of fallen Jaegers and scrapyards for parts. It’s a hard-scrabble existence experienced not only by Amara, but by thousands more living in the aftermath of the Battle of the Breach. We’ll see more of what living in this world is like outside of the Pan Pacific Defense Corps in Netflix’s new anime series from Craig Kyle (Thor: Ragnarok) and Greg Johnson (X-Men: Evolution). The series follows two siblings, “an idealistic teenage boy and his naive younger sister,” as they pilot an abandoned Jaeger through an unforgiving world in a last-ditch effort to find their missing parents.
While the second season of Netflix’s hard-boiled cyberpunk sci-fi saga is in production, this anime series will expand the world’s mythology. That news alone should be exciting to anyone experiencing a deep-seated sense of impatience while we wait forÂ Cyberpunk 2077 to come out, but what makes this one of my most anticipated new anime series is that it’s being written byÂ Cowboy BebopÂ andÂ Samurai ChamplooÂ alum Dai Sato as well as Tsukasa Kondo.
Cagaster of an Insect Cage
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There’s something about body horror and anime that go together like peanut butter and terrifying chocolate. InÂ Cagaster of an Insect Cage, humanity lives in a post-apocalyptic world where a disease known as “Cagaster” transforms people into “giant murderous insects.” So imagineÂ anime Gregor Samsa butÂ waaaay deadlier. Plus it’s being animated by Gonzo, the studio behindÂ classic vampire anime Hellsing,Â so you know it’s going to be as gnarly as the premise sounds.
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Continuing their grand tradition of talented musicians making unexpected anime series, Netflix is turning to electronic music producer Flying Lotus,Â Atlanta‘s Lakeith Stanfield, andÂ The Boondocks‘ LeSean Thomas for the alt-history seriesÂ Yasuke.Â Set in a world full of mechs and magic,Â YasukeÂ isÂ a series based loosely on a famous African samurai who fought alongside Oda Nobunaga, one of Japan’s most famous military leaders during the Sengoku (or Warring States) period of Japanese history. Yasuke will be voiced by Stanfield, Flying Lotus will compose the music, andÂ the animation will come courtesy ofÂ Yuri!!! on Ice studio MAPPA. In other words, this is gonna be a must-watch.
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Based on Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldissimo’s graphic novel of the same name, Trese takes place inÂ a world where the myths and monsters of Philippine folklore are real, a young woman finds herself caught up in the secretive, underground world of organized crime full of villains supernatural creatures. Considering how little of Philippine folklore I have seen on the big screen, I can’t wait to see how this translates to anime.Which of these new anime series are you most excited to see? Let me know in the comments below.