Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, announced a slate of exciting new anime series and films with new art and video at Netflix Anime Lineup Presentation 2019-2020 held in Tokyo.
Netflix will launch The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened, Levius, GHOST IN THE SHELL: SAC_2045, Japan Sinks: 2020 and EDEN along with many upcoming original anime titles between 2019 and 2020.
“Netflix has been focused on building a strong slate of anime shows since 2017. In the past year, viewing for Japanese original anime has grown over 90% bringing joy to anime fans both in Japan and beyond. We aim to produce even more shows the world has never seen with some of the world’s best talent,” commented Taiki Sakurai, Chief Producer, Anime, Netflix.
Talk session featured the main cast of The Disastrous Life of Saiki K:. Reawakened series Hiroshi Kamiya, the most famous voice actor in Japan, and Nobunaga Shimazaki from Levius.
Today’s announcements join Netflix’ ever-growing slate of Anime that has already been captivating fans around the world. Users everywhere will be able to discover and enjoy even more Anime coming from some of the best creators in the word, as well as a chance to revisit some of the most beloved stories they already know and love.
More details about what Netflix announced and presented today at the lineup event in Tokyo –
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened – Global Launch: Dec 30, 2019
High school student Kusuo Saiki has supernatural powers including telepathy, psychokinesis, fluoroscopy prediction and so on. The strongest power actually brings misery for him. Therefore he seals his superpowers when he is in front of others and tries not to stand out or get involved with people. But, for some reason, his friends, families and all living creatures always gathered around him then something unexpected happened.
- Based on the manga: “The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.” by Shuichi Aso
- Director: Hiroaki Sakurai
- Character design: Masayuki Onji
- Music: Psychic Lover
- Animation production: EGG FIRM×J.C.STAFF
- Cast: Hiroshi Kamiya, Daisuke Ono, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Satoshi Hino, Natsuki Hanae, Ai Kayano, Kosuke Toriumi, Nao Tohyama
- Genre & Episode Count: Comedy, 6 episodes x 24 mins (approx.)
Levius – Global Launch: Nov 28, 2019
The year is 1842 of the New Era. Five years have passed since the Fosanian Conflict, a dispute for territorial drilling rights of Agartha water, came to an end. It is an era where “hypersteam” is used to power a variety of things, and the martial art of metal boxing, where machines are fused with the human body for combat, is at the height of its prosperity.
The story follows Levius; a young man whose parents became casualties of war. He is taken in by his uncle Zack, and it is there that Levius begins to immerse himself in the world of metal boxing as if led by fate itself, and his innate ability for the martial art blossoms.
Levius rises up the ranks to Grade 3, taking down his formidable rivals one by one, as a mysterious man by the name of Dr. Clown watches over him, his lips curled up into an audacious smile. Meanwhile, memories of the war continue to haunt the depths of Levius’s mind…
Now, Levius must take the fight for his destiny into his own hands!
- Based on the Manga: “Levius” by Haruhisa Nakata
- Supervising Director/Series Composition: Hiroyuki Seshita
- Director: Keisuke Ide
- Music: Yugo Kanno
- Animation production: Polygon Pictures
- Cast: Nobunaga Shimazaki, Junichi Suwabe, Takahiro Sakurai, Ayane Sakura, Hochu Otsuka, Daisuke Ono, Saori Hayami, Mamoru Miyano
- Genre & Episode Count: Steampunk/Action, 12 x 24 minutes
GHOST IN THE SHELL: SAC_2045 – Global Launch: 2020
Created by Masamune Shiro, the sequel of much acclaimed Ghost In the Shell SAC series has come back as a full 3DCG anime series. Directors Kenji Kamiyama, Shinji Aramaki and SOLA DIGITAL ARTS will collaborate once again following ULTRAMAN (streaming 1 April on Netflix). This is the first Ghost In the Shell series to be brought to fans with a double director.
In 2045, the world has been thrown into a state of systematic “sustainable war,” but the threat of human extinction at the hands of AI hasn’t yet pervaded the public consciousness. Former members of Public Security Section 9, including full-body cyborg Major Motoko Kusanagi, are working as hired mercenaries when mysterious beings known as “post humans” begin to emerge. The world’s superpowers are trying to come to grips with the threat, and so Section 9 is reorganized.
- Based on the manga: “Ghost in the Shell” by Masamune Shirow
- Co-Director: Kenji Kamiyama × Shinji Aramaki
- Character design: Ilya Kuvshinov
- Production Studio: Production I.G × SOLA DIGITAL ARTS
- Genre: Sci-fi, action
Japan Sinks: 2020 – Global Launch: 2020
Masaaki Yuasa is directing an upcoming anime series adaptation of famous science-fiction novel, “Japan Sinks” written by Sakyo Komatsu.
The story of “Japan Sinks 2020” develops in the current time of Japan in 2020 — the days right after the finale of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In such a setting, “Japan Sinks 2020” uniquely presents stories about current ordinary people in Japan — those who are struggling to survive their lives in such catastrophical world, and stand up for their hopes.
- Based on the novel: “Japan Sinks” by Sakyo Komatsu
- Director: Masaaki Yuasa
- Music: Kensuke Ushio
- Animation production: Science SARU
- Genre & Episode Count: Sci-fi, 10 episodes
EDEN – Global Launch: 2020
The upcoming sci-fi fantasy series Eden is set thousands of years in the future, where a city known as “Eden 3” is inhabited solely by robots whose former masters vanished a long time ago. On a routine assignment, two farming robots accidentally awaken a human baby girl from stasis questioning all they were taught to believe — that humans were nothing more than a forbidden ancient myth. Together, the two robots secretly raise the child in a safe haven outside Eden.
The series is directed by Yasuhiro Irie and produced by Justin Leach, with character- and lead concept designs by Toshihiro Kawamoto and Christophe Ferreira featuring a screenplay by Kimiko Ueno. Clover Xie is serving as the background art director and Kevin Penkin as music composer. The 4-episode original anime series will be produced by Qubic Pictures and CGCG.
- Director: Yasuhiro Irie
- Producer: Justin Leach
- Character design: Toshihiro Kawamoto
- Concept design: Christophe Ferreira
- Screenplay: Kimiko Ueno
- Background art director: Clover Xie
- Music: Kevin Penkin
- Animation production: CGCG
- Genre & Episode Count: Sci-fi fantasy, 4 episodes
Altered Carbon: Resleeved – Global Launch: 2020
This anime feature spin-off, set in the same universe of the Netflix original live-action sci-fi series (second season in production from Skydance Television), will explore new elements of the story mythology.
- Director: Takeru Nakajima
- Screenplay: Dai Sato, Tsukasa Kondo
- Animation production: Anima
- Genre : Sci-fi action, film
Cagaster of an Insect Cage – Global Launch: 2020
Set in a post-apocalyptic world where a mysterious disease “Cagaster” turns people into giant murderous insects, this manga-based series follows the struggle of a young couple to stay alive.
- Based on the manga: “Cagaster of an Insect Cage” by Kachou Hashimoto
- Director: Koichi Chigira
- Animation production: Gonzo
- Genre : Fantasy