The NETFLIX❤ANIME panel at Anime Expo proves that the streaming giant is serious about its plans on being an anime power player. Their increasingly growing slate of original anime titles makes good use of the enormous budget and the studio partnerships they’ve built in the anime industry.
Let’s have a quick look at what Netflix is planning to launch so far based on the AX panel and their press release:
Ultraman is an adaptation of Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi’s manga of the same name. It centers on a man possessing the spirit and DNA of the legendary hero “Ultraman” as he wears a metallic ultra-suit and fights against evil.
Production Company: Production I.G, Sola Digital
Director: Kenji Kamiyama, Shinji Aramaki
Ultraman will release Spring 2019
Kengan Ashura made it into our list of Manga Too Brutal to be Adapted, but Netflix proved that wrong. Yamashita Kazuo is an underachieving salesman with a failing family life. Yamashita’s boss notifies him that he will be the manager of street fighter Tokita Ohma during a series of Kengan Matches – unarmed fights that are used to settle disputes on behalf of wealthy business owners.
Production Company: LARX ENTERTAINMENT
Directors: Seiji Kishi (Assassination Classroom)
Writer: Makoto Uezu
Kengan Ashura will launch in 2019
Aggretsuko Season 2
Everyone’s favorite death metal panda is back! Retsuko will return to Netflix for Aggretsuko Season 2. Produced by Fanworks and featuring a character originally created by Sanrio, the creator of Hello Kitty, season two will continue to follow Retsuko and her co-workers as they try and navigate adult life and the corporate struggle.
Writer / Director: Rarecho
Aggretsuko will return for a second season in 2019
GODZILLA: City on the Edge of Battle
The sequel to GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters, this epic re-imagining of the Godzilla world in a futuristic setting pits humans and robots against the biggest Godzilla ever seen in an interplanetary struggle for survival.
Production Company: Polygon Pictures, TOHO
Story / Writer: Gen Urobuchi
Directors: Koubun Shizuno, Hiroyuki Seshita
Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle will launch on July 18, 2018
Recently stationed Air Self-Defence Force rookie Hisone Amakasu is chosen by a dragon concealed within Gifu Air Base to be his pilot.
Writer: Mari Okada
Director: Hiroshi Kobayashi
Executive Director: Shinji Higuchi
Dragon Pilot will begin airing on September 21, 2018
Castlevania Season 2
Trevor Belmont is back after a successful first season. Castlevania, inspired by the classic video game series, is a dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepes himself.
Director: Sam Deats
Writer / Executive Producer: Warren Ellis
Executive Producers: Adi Shankar, Fred Seibert, Kevin Kolde
Castlevania will return for another season October 26, 2018
The show follows the adventures and exploits of S.A.M, a high-end friendship droid who’s joined by a quirky, discarded maintenance robot and a brash, deadly fugitive. Together, the unlikely trio embarks on an unforgettable journey in a fantastic and dangerous world in search of S.A.M’s best friend, the heir to a kingdom under siege.
Creator / Director / Executive Producer: LeSean Thomas
Cannon Busters will launch on March 1, 2019