Netflix’s Anime Slate

(Above: Netflix plans an anime series based on its live-action show, ‘Altered Carbon,’ starring Joel Kinnaman)

Netflix will deepen its commitment to Asian content with 17 productions from Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, India and South Korea. The titles are expected to debut sometime in 2019.

The offerings include four series and a feature designed to entice anime fans:

Pacific Rim

This is an adaptation of the two live-action movies, Pacific Rim (2013) and Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018). Returning to the epic battle of Kaiju (race of amphibious creatures) and Jaegers (special type of mobile weapon), the series involves two siblings – an idealistic teenage boy and his naïve younger sister – who pilot an abandoned Jaeger across a hostile landscape in a desperate attempt to find their missing parents.

Altered Carbon

This feature, set in the same universe as Netflix’s live-action sci-fi series starring Joel Kinnaman, promises to explore new aspects of the story’s mythology.

Cagaster of an Insect Cage

In a post-apocalyptic world, a mysterious disease, “Cagaster,” turns people into giant murderous insects. Based on a manga story, the series follows the struggle of a young couple to stay alive.

Yasuke

A retired ronin (wandering samurai with no lord or master) must take up his sword in a war-torn feudal Japan of mechs and magic. His mission? Transporting a mysterious child who dark forces want to eliminate.

Trese

This series, based on a graphic novel, is set in a mythical Manila, where creatures of Philippine folklore live in hiding amongst humans. The title character confronts a criminal underworld comprised of malevolent supernatural beings.

Netflix will also debut new live-action movies and series that will join its considerable library of 100 titles from eight Asian countries.

 

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