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Netflix Expands Anime Slate at Anime Expo

Netflix teased a lot of new anime at this year's event

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Netflix is boosting the company’s anime slate with two brand-new series, and plans to bring back several already popular shows in the new year. During the Netflix❤Anime panel at the this year’s Anime Expo, Netflix confirmed that two, new series will be coming to subscribers over the next year and that “Aggretsuko” will return for a second season. Netflix stated that the new series “Ultraman” will launch in Spring 2019 and that the new series “Kengan Ashura” will launch sometime later this next year.

Ultraman” will be an action-drama centered around a man possessing the spirit and DNA of the legendary hero “Ultraman,” he  will wear a metallic ultra suit and fights against evil. The drama is directed by Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramaki. Netflix also set a premiere date “Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle,” which will become available on July 18, 2018. This will be the sequel to “Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters” and the project is a re-imagining of the Godzilla world, set in a futuristic setting where humans and robots fight against the biggest Godzilla ever seen.

“Dragon Pilot” follows Air Self-Defence Force rookie Hisone Amakasu, after being chosen by a dragon concealed within an air-base to be his pilot. “Dragon Pilot” is set to launch on September 21, 2018. Of course, one of the biggest series on Netflix right now in the genre is “Castlevania,” and the series is ready to whip its way back onto Netflix in just a few months. The series is inspired by the classic videogame franchise of the same name and follows the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan as he tries to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepes himself. Trevor Belmont, last survivor of his house, is no longer alone, and he and his comrades must race to find a way to save humanity from extinction. “Castlevania” Season 2 is scheduled for October 26, 2018. As we stated earlier, “Aggretsuko” is also coming back for a second season, but as for right now the only launch window we have is 2019. The company did release a teaser for “Aggretsuko,’ which you can watch below.

“Cannon Busters” is currently scheduled to launch on April 1, 2019. The show follows the adventures of S.A.M, a high-end friendship droid who’s joined by a quirky, discarded maintenance robot and a brash, deadly fugitive. Together, the unlikely trio embarks on an unforgettable journey in a dangerous world in search of S.A.M’s best friend, the heir to a kingdom under siege.

As for “Kengan Ashura,” the story follows Kazuo Yamashita, an ordinary fifty-six year old man who one day is summoned by the chairman of his company and hired as a gladiator. Yamashita learns that these hired gladiators engage in battles called “Kengan Matches” to protect the corporate rights of the businesses that they represent. Kazuo Yamashita is assigned to battle a Kengan fighter named Ohma Tokita. Both men join the “Kengan Zetsumei Tournament” with the hope of winning the spot as chairman of the Kengan Organization. The project is being directed by Seiji Kishi (Assassination Classroom) .

Following the announcements, Netflix Director of Content for Japan & Anime John Derderian moderated a panel featuring key anime creators LeSean Thomas (Cannon Busters), Adi Shankar (Castlevania) and Shinji Higuchi (Dragon Pilot). On the upcoming anime projects, Derderian noted “As Netflix has grown around the world we have been astounded by the broad reach and great depth of anime fandom. We are partnering with the best global creators to produce a diverse slate of shows that we hope will excite the boundless passion of anime fans and make Netflix a premier destination for this beloved art form.”

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