Going beyond the six new and seven existing animated projects they announced earlier this week, Netflix has revealed they are also planning five new anime series – two of which are based on existing live-action sci-fi franchises. The shows are:
“Pacific Rim” will expand the world of the two live-action movies of the same name. The story follows two siblings – an idealistic teenage boy and his naïve younger sister – who are forced to pilot an abandoned Jaeger across a hostile landscape in a desperate attempt to find their missing parents. Craig Kyle (“Thor: Ragnarok”) and Greg Johnson (“X-Men: Evolution”) serve as showrunners.
Set in the same universe as Netflix’s live-action sci-fi series, the anime will explore new elements of the story mythology and hails from animation studio Anima. The episodes will be penned by Dai Sato (“Cowboy Bebop,” “Samurai Champloo”) and Tsukasa Kondo.
Cagaster of an Insect Cage
Animation studio Gonzo (“Hellsing,” “Afro Samurai”) are behind “Cagaster of an Insect Cage,” a story set in a post-apocalyptic world where a mysterious disease, Cagaster, turns people into giant murderous insects. The manga-based series follows the struggle of a young couple to stay alive. Koichi Chigira (“Last Exile,” “Full Metal Panic!”) directs.
Set in a war-torn Japan of mechs and magic, “Yasuke” follows a retired ronin (voiced by “Atlanta” breakout Lakeith Stanfield) who must take up his sword when he is charged with the task of transporting a mysterious child who dark forces want to eliminate. MAPPA animates the tale based on the historical samurai of African origin who fought with Oda Nobunaga. Flying Lotus will compose the music while LeSean Thomas (“The Boondocks”) is showrunner.
“Trese” is set in a 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. Jay Oliva (“Wonder Woman,” “The Legend of Korra”) will serve as executive producer.