Netflix Expands Anime Slate with ‘Ghost in the Shell’ and ‘Dragon’s Dogma’
Netflix is expanding its anime slate again, adding “Altered Carbon: Resleeved,” “Dragon’s Dogma,” “Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045,” “SPRIGGAN,” “Super Crooks” and “Vampire in the Garden.” The new slate is part of a partnership between Netflix and Anima, Sublimation, and David Production.
“Netflix aims to be the most compelling and attractive home for anime fans, creators and production studios. We are creating an environment where production houses can do their best work, and deliver their shows on a service where we connect anime fans from over 190 countries to content they love” said Netflix Director of Content (Japan), John Derderian.
Shinya Sasahara said in the announcement, “We’re particularly excited by the production line deal as this allows our creative team to focus on creating great content. We are proud to work on a well-known title like Altered Carbon as the first title from this partnership, and to have the opportunity to bring our creation to fans all over the world. Please look forward to anime unique to anima.”
Sublimation’s Director, Atsushi Koishikawa added, “Sublimation team has long dreamt of working on our own title. We have oftentimes worked with partner studios to create partial CGI portions within a given title, so we feel very fortunate to work with Netflix through this production line deal. We’re excited to bring our unique cel shaded animation that carries hand-drawn textures to anime fans around the world.”
“Altered Carbon: Resleeved” will be a spinoff of the Netflix live-action sci-fi series that launched in 2018. The anime series is set in the same universe, but will be animated, and will explore new elements of the story mythology. “Dragon’s Dogma” will be brought to life as a Netflix original anime series that follows a man’s journey seeking revenge on a dragon who stole his heart. On his way, the man is brought back to life as an ‘Arisen’. The series is an action adventure about a man challenged by demons that represent the seven deadly sins of humans.
“SPRIGGAN” is based on the classic manga by Hiroshi Takashige, illustrated by Ryoji Minagawa. The series is a sci-fi battle action story about a man with supernatural powers to seal historical remains. As for the “Ghost in the Shell: SAC _2045,” this will be a sequel to the “Ghost In the Shell SAC” series. Directors Kenji Kamiyama, Shinji Aramaki and SOLA DIGITAL ARTS will collaborate once again following “Ultraman.” This is the first Ghost In the Shell series to be brought to fans with a double director.
“Vampire in the Garden” is an original series by WIT STUDIO about two girls, Momo and Fine, from different backgrounds who meet by chance. A story about an unlikely friendship between human and vampire race that intertwines with the power or music. Lastly is “Super Crooks,” a story by Mark Millar and artist Leinil Francis Yu, the creators of “Kick Ass” and “Wanted.” Crime and thrills meets supernatural powers in this Millarworld title.