Netflix is getting a boatload of new anime over the next year
Here's what to expect from all the new anime coming to Netflix in 2017 and 2018.
At an anime-focused event in Tokyo yesterday, Netflix revealed a massive line-up of new series due to hit the service over the next year. Some are completely original shows created exclusively for Netflix, while others are reboots or adaptations of existing anime properties. Here's a breakdown of what's coming and when:
In a world ruled by magi, the screams of the terrible battle known as the Holy Grail War still echo throughout the land. The treasure that started it all, the Grail itself, was stolen, and only its absence has kept the world from descending back into chaos. Now, the Yggdmillenia clan of magi have uncovered the Grail, using its power to ignite a second, even bloodier conflict with the Mage's Association. Thus the world becomes a battlefield once more, and the Great Holy Grail War begins.
Fate/Apocrypha will span 25 episodes, with a US-only release on 7 November and a worldwide release on 2 December.
Go Nagai, renowned for designing the first mecha robot with his 1970s manga series Mazinger Z, is bringing his lauded Devilman manga to the small screen. Devilman Crybaby retells the story of the original manga, following protagonist Akira Fudo as he defends the world against a demonic invasion by harnessing the power of the demons themselves and becoming the titular Devilman. With the power of a demon but the soul of a human, Fudo must battle his own internal conflict as much as the one tearing the world apart.
Devilman Crybaby will run for ten episodes, with a global release on Netflix in Autumn 2018.
B: The Beginning
The high-tech world of Cremona is plagued by a serial killer named Killer B in this crime series directed by Kazuto Nakazawa, the creator famous for designing the animation sequence in Kill Bill: Volume 1. Protagonist Koku, along with the royal police force's legendary investigator Keith, will travel from one end of the fortified city to the other in their attempts to put an end to Killer B's reign.
B: The Beginning will consists of 12 episodes and is set to release in Autumn 2018.
Sword Gai: The Animation
This fantasy action series takes place in a world where humans and weapons become one, sword and man fusing into mindless killing machine after mindless killing machine. Across the world, people are falling to the temptation of power and slaughtering each other relentlessly. Only one organisation has the knowledge and the wherewithal to stop the planet from destroying itself—but will their actions be too late?
Sword Gai: The Animation will come to Netflix in Autumn 2018.
From the animation studio responsible for My Hero Academia and Space Dandy comes a sci-fi action series set in the year 2035. After a science experiment goes horribly wrong, a dangerous artificial life form known as 'Matter' spreads through the Kurobe Gorge in Japan, enveloping the ground-breaking research facility it once called home. Poor Aiko Tachibana loses her family in the accident, but two years later, she discovers that her body conceals a special power, one that will only activate if she returns to the place where the accident began. Along with her friend Yuya, Aiko resolves to break into the abandoned research facility and discover the truth of her origins.
A.I.C.O. Incarnation will hit Netflix in Autumn 2018 for a one-off run of 12 episodes.
A colourful fantasy adventure, Lost Song tells the tale of two young women, Rin and Finis. Each wields the ability to weave magic through the power of song, healing injuries, conjuring water and controlling the wind with their voices alone. When darkness threatens their peaceful kingdom, they'll have to combine their singular songs into a melody powerful enough to save their world from despair.
Lost Song will feature 12 episodes arriving on Netflix in 2018.
Set in the exclusive Hyakkaou Private Academy, a school for Japan's richest and most privileged students, Kakegurui explores the intricate betting economy that has taken over the school. Students gamble their fortunes with each other in order to climb their way up the social hierarchy—that is, until the arrival of a new student who bets purely for fun threatens to throw the whole system into disorder.
Kakegurui will premiere on Netflix in 2018 for a run of 12 episodes.
GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters
A full-length film written by Gen Urobuchi of Psycho-Pass and Madoka Magica fame, GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters tells the story of an Earth subjugated by the monstrous Godzilla. A small crew of humans is sent to seed life on another planet, but when their destination proves to be uninhabitable, they have no choice but to return to Earth empty-handed. Thanks to the marvels of faster-than-light travel, 20,000 years have passed on Earth, and it's no longer the planet the crew remembers. That won't stop them rounding up the remnants of humanity and leading one final charge against the almighty Godzilla.
GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters will release first in Japan theatres on 17 November 2017, with a release on Netflix following soon after.
Children of the Whales
Sand has engulfed the world, leaving a measly 513 survivors confined to their massive ship the Mud Whale as it drifts across the endless horizon of sandy dunes. The residents of the Mud Whale believe they are the last people left on the planet—that is, until the Mud Whale's archivist Chakuro makes a monumental discovery. He stumbles across a young girl named Rikosu while searching the hulk of an abandoned ship, igniting the desperate hope that life beyond the Mud Whale could be a reality.
Children of the Whales will arrive on Netflix in 2018.
Knights of the Zodiac: SAINT SEIYA
Knights of the Zodiac: SAINT SEIYA is a remake of the popular 1980s anime series Saint Seiya. The series adopts a similar premise to the original Saint Seiya, following a group of powerful warriors clad in armour modelled after constellations of the zodiac. These Knights of the Zodiac battle alongside the goddess Athena as she defends humanity against her fellow Olympian deities.
The 12-episode run of Knights of the Zodiac: SAINT SEIYA does not yet have a release date.
Based on a comic book of the same name, Cannon Busters chronicles the adventures of S.A.M., a top-of-the-line friendship droid searching for her best friend Kelby. Joining S.A.M. on her journey is an obsolete repair robot named Casey Turnbuckle and an immortal fugitive named Philly the Kid. The trio travels in style, too, with a souped-up Cadillac Eldorado that can transform into a giant robot at the first sign of danger.
Netflix has ordered twelve episodes of Cannon Busters, with no firm release date yet.
An adaptation of the Baki the Grappler manga, Baki centres on the fierce Baki Hanma as he trains to become the strongest fighter in the world, a title currently held by his father. His mission hasn't gone unnoticed, though, and five of the most vicious death-row inmates the world has seen team up to hunt Baki down, hoping that he'll be the first fighter to give them a run for their money. Fortunately, Baki won't have to face the brutal criminals alone; a group of highly-skilled martial art warriors step up to join him in one of the most violent battles the world has ever seen.
Baki will run for 26 episodes when it comes to Netflix at an unspecified date.
Based on the popular Rilakkuma character, this stop-motion animated series begins when a cuddly toy bear—the titular Rilakkuma—suddenly turns up in the apartment of the office worker Kaoru. Rilakkuma immediately makes himself at home, tucking into pancakes, rice dumplings and custard pudding while making friends with Kaoru's pet bird Kiiroitori and a real-life bear cub named Korilakkuma.
No official title or release date has been settled on for the series, but it will run for 13 episodes when it eventually airs.