Netflix returned to the annual Anime Expo for its third consecutive year, and the company had several big installments to share with subscribers.
The video streaming service hosted a panel with IGN’s Laura Prudom, which featured four creators from around the world who are working on upcoming Netflix original anime series. The panel included LeSean Thomas (Cannon Busters, The Boondocks), Alvaro Rodriguez (Seis Manos, Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series), Jay Oliva (Trese, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, The Flash), and Shuzo Shiota (Levius, Transformers Prime, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Lost in Oz)
“Cannon Busters” is launching on August 15th, and the story follows the adventures of S.A.M, a high-end friendship droid who’s joined by a discarded maintenance robot and a brash, deadly fugitive. Together, the unlikely trio embarks on an unforgettable journey in a fantastic and dangerous world in search of S.A.M’s best friend, the heir to a kingdom under siege. The series comes from creator, director, and executive producer LeSean Thomas.
“Levius,” based on the manga of the same name by Haruhisa Nakata, does not have a premiere date. Keisuke Ide serves as the director, with music from Yugo Kanno. Netflix described the series officially stating, “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 company added, “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.”
“Seis Manos” is currently scheduled to debut this fall, and stars Aislinn Derbez, Mike Colter, Jonny Cruz, Angelica Vale, Vic Chao, and Danny Trejo. Set in Mexico in the 1970’s era, “Seis Manos” centers on three orphaned martial arts warriors who join forces with a DEA agent and a Mexican Federale to battle for justice after their beloved mentor is murdered on the streets of their tiny border town.
“Trese” is another series without a premiere date. Set in Manila where the mythical creatures of Philippine folklore live in hiding amongst humans, Alexandra Trese finds herself going head to head with a criminal underworld comprised of malevolent supernatural beings. This anime series is based on the Philippine graphic novel by the same name, created by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldissimo.
Masahito Kobayashi directs “Rilakkuma and Kaoru,” working with writer Naoko Ogigami and creative advisor Aki Kondo. In the story, a woman in her thirties begins sharing her apartment with a soft toy bear that has decided to take up residence there. She finds that the secret to life is sometimes as simple as relaxing. The project stars Mikako Tabe.
Netflix’s expanding anime slate includes ULTRAMAN, Aggretsuko, Castlevania, Devilman Crybaby, GODZILLA: The Planet Eater, BAKI, Violet Evergarden, B: The Beginning, and The Seven Deadly Sins. In the last year, Netflix has also announced several upcoming anime titles based on global IP, including Magic: The Gathering, Pacific Rim, Altered Carbon, Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, and Transformers – War for Cybertron, all of which are currently in development.
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