At an event in Tokyo called Anime Slate 2017, Netflix unveiled over a dozen new anime series and films that will hit the streaming service within the next few years. The titles range from reboots and adaptations to totally original series, and boast talent from both Japan and the West.
Bones, the studio that produced the shows My Hero Academia, Eureka 7, and Soul Eater, is bringing this original sci-fi series to Netflix. Set in a future Tokyo, it follows a girl named Aiko who lost her family in an incident called “the Burst.” Two years after the catastrophe, Aiko discovers that the Primary Point, The Burst’s place of origin, holds the key to a secret that rests in her own body. The show will premiere on Netflix in spring 2018.
This original anime, written by a team that includes Bee and Puppycat creator Natasha Allegri and The Witcher’s Anne Toole, stars S.A.M., a robot designed for friendship. S.A.M. joins up with two other robots in search of his best friend, who also happens to be the heir to an imperiled kingdom.
Masaaki Yuasa, director of Ping Pong: The Animation, will lead production on this new adaptation of legendary manga artist Go Nagai’s Devilman saga. The series follows Akira Fudo, a young man who takes on the abilities of a demon in order to prevent similar demons from dominating the world. Devilman Crybaby will debut in 2018.
Based on a light novel that’s part of developer Type-Moon’s Fate/Stay Night game series, Fate/Apocrypha involves an age-old struggle between various mage clans for control of a holy grail. Season one premieres on Nov. 7 in the U.S. and Canada and Dec. 2 worldwide.
Godzilla: Monster Planet
Toho Studios, the creators behind the original Godzilla films, are bringing a new anime trilogy to Netflix, beginning with Godzilla: Monster Planet. The film takes place in 2048, years after Earth has been taken over by kaiju. After discovering that a planet they planned to colonize is uninhabitable, a group of humans decide to take back their homeworld from the monsters’ clutches. Godzilla: Monster Planet will come to Netflix this November.
In the world of Kakegurui, gambling is everything. So much so that an academy has been established made specifically to study the art form. The series follows a group of characters who attend this academy, and put their money on the line in the name of becoming filthy rich. The series began airing in July in Japan, and is scheduled to hit Netflix in 2018.
A few other series are on their way to Netflix as well, including:
- B: The Beginning, which involves an investigation of a serial killer running loose in a futuristic archipelago.
- Baki, a series following one young man’s quest to surpass his father as the best fighter in the world.
- Children of the Whales, a story of about 500 people who live on a ship sailing through a planet covered in sand.
- Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya, a remake of the classic ‘80s series involving warriors clad in magical armor.
- Lost Song, a fantasy tale about two girls whose songs have the power to heal people and create water.
- Rilakkuma, an anime starring the adorable cartoon bear who has been featured in multiple merchandising campaigns in Japan since 2003.
- Sword Gai: the Animation, which concerns a legendary weapon that overcomes its wielder with a thirst to spill blood.