Anime fans have something to look forward to on Netflix next year, as Knights of Sidonia rides onto the internet TV service.
The video on-demand company has announced that the first season of the anime, based on the best-selling manga series by Tsutomu Nihei, will be available to stream in summer 2014.
Knights of Sidonia follows the struggle of humans to survive against the monstrous alien “Gauna” using mecha weapons called ”Garde” (Guardian Robots). The story focuses on the ship Sidonia and young Garde pilot Nagate Tanikaze as he uses his amazing combat skills to protect what remains of human civilisation.
“Netflix has a huge base of anime fans and we are thrilled to be bringing them – exclusively and for the first time – a first-run anime series, especially one as well-plotted, humorous and beautifully animated as Knights of Sidonia,” said Erik Barmack, VP, Independent Content at Netflix.
“We are ecstatic at the opportunity to run ‘Knights of Sidonia’ firstly and exclusively on Netflix. This is an epochal deal, as we are able to deliver our beloved anime property to a wider audience in a more direct and timely fashion than ever before,” added Shuzo John Shiota, CEO of Polygon.
The series is directed by Kobun Shizuno, who worked on the animated GI Joe series, and co-directed by Hiroyuki Seshita, a veteran of the Final Fantasy video game series.
Knights of Sidonia will be available on Netflix in Japanese with the choice of subtitles or dubbed local language dialogue.