Anime on the Way

Attention anime fans: Netflix will unveil a slew of new series on the streaming service late this fall and in 2018.

Netflix’s anime lineup will include:

Fate/Apocrypha

The plot: “Fourteen Heroic Spirits gather … (for) a Holy Grail War of unprecedented scale — a Great Holy Grail War.” The 25-episode series will premiere Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

Devilman Crybaby

In this 10-episode series, Akira Fudo “learns from his best friend, Ryo Asuka … that an ancient race of demons has returned to take back the world from humans. Ryo tells Akira that the only way to defeat the demons is to incorporate their supernatural powers, and suggests that he unite with a demon himself.” Akira becomes “Devilman, who possesses both the powers of a demon and the soul of a human.” The showdown between Devilman and Akira Fudo begins in spring 2018.

B: The Beginning (formerly known as Perfect Bones)

Koku and Keith, “the legendary investigator of the royal police force RIS,” are among the lead characters in this story about the “archipelagic nation of Cremona” and its efforts to battle “a mysterious criminal organization,” a crime wave and a serial killer, Killer B.  The 12-episode series debuts in spring 2018.

Sword Gai: The Animation

Sword Gai is described as a “battle action fantasy” involving a young man named Gai. “A weapon that has drawn the blood of countless victims becomes legend, and at times takes on a life of its own. When such a weapon’s human host is filled with hate and murderous intent, he becomes a demonic combination of weapon and man that thirsts only for slaughter. … Gai is destined to live as a weapon.”  The series debuts in spring 2018.

A.I.C.O. Incarnation

Japan: 2035. “An accident known as the ‘Burst’ occurs during a research project, spawning an out-of-control artificial life form called ‘Matter’ that has spread throughout the Kurobe Gorge… Two years later, 15-year-old Aiko Tachibana, who lost her family in the Burst, learns something unbelievable from Yuya Kanzaki, a new student at her school.”  The 12-episode series launches in spring 2018.

Lost Song

This fantasy features two heroines: “Rin … an energetic girl who loves to eat (and) lives in a verdant frontier village;” and “songstress Finis” who “spends her days in solitude” inside a royal castle in a big city. Both have “(a) miraculous power that can heal wounds, create water and stir the wind — the power of song.” The 12-episode series debuts in 2018.

Kakegurui

Based on the manga of Homura Kawamoto and Toru Naomura, this 12-episode series looks at “a harsh microcosm of life in a capitalist society.” The producers ask, “Why are people captivated by a world filled with risk? What lies beyond the madness?” Kakegurui will show us in 2018.

Children of the Whales

An adaptation of the manga series of the same name, Children of the Whales depicts “a world covered by oceans of sand,” in which “513 people live in complete isolation on the ‘Mud Whale,’ an island-like ship adrift on the sand. The series debuts on Netflix in 2018.

Rilakkuma (Working Title)

Rilakkuma, the plush toy bear that is popular with women in Japan and elsewhere, is being brought to life by Dwarf Studio to mark its 15th anniversary on the market. Featuring stop-motion animations, Rilakkuma is the protagonist who shows “up one day to live with an office worker named Kaoru.” Rilakkuma’s friends include Kaoru’s pet bird Kiiroitori and a small white bear cub named Korilakkuma. No launch date was announced for the 13-episode series.

Cannon Busters

This 12-episode series about “the adventures and exploits of S.A.M, a high-end, royal-class friendship droid who’s joined by a quirky, discarded maintenance robot and a brash, deadly fugitive.” The trio go “in search of S.A.M’s best friend, the heir to a powerful kingdom under siege.”  No debut date was announced.

Baki

Baki Hanma “trains with an intense focus to become strong enough to surpass his father, Yujiro Hanma, the strongest fighter in the world… Five of the world’s most violent and brutal death row inmates are gathering to face Baki.” The 26-episode series is described as “(a)n epic showdown between violent death row inmates and Baki and his friends.”  The producers said that more than 63 million copies of the original manga series have been printed.  No debut date was announced.

Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya

This 12-episode series features the adventures of the Knights of the Zodiac. “Each knight wears “powerful armor based on their chosen zodiac constellation,” and assist Athena “in her battle against powerful Olympian gods who are bent on destroying the humankind.”  No release date was given.

Godzilla

Does the mythic film star really need an introduction? This time, Godzilla is the star of his own feature-length animated film. This version of Godzilla presents “a harsh world of the future in which Godzilla has dominated the Earth for the past 20,000 years, and a fateful final confrontation with mankind looms. A release date was not given.

For more information, visit Netflix.

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A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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