Neon Genesis Evangelion is coming to Netflix, and it’s bring with it a host of new anime offerings from the streaming giant.
Netflix has been stepping up its acquisition and production of anime series in recent years, and held a special event in Tokyo yesterday to announce the latest highlights for the year ahead.
New original Anime 7SEEDS, SAINT SEIYA: Knights of the Zodiac, Rilakkuma & Kaoru and ULTRAMAN are all on the way, but the most exciting addition is undoubtedly the worldwide streaming debut of cult classic Neon Genesis Evangelion.
The series, which was broadcast in Tokyo in 1995, takes place in A.D. 2015. Tokyo 3 is under attack by powerful creatures known as the Angels. The protagonist, Shinji Ikari, is chosen to pilot the Humanoid Decisive Weapon Evangelion – the only way for humanity to fight against the Angels. The battle for the fate of humanity starts now. What exactly are the Angels? What fate awaits the young pilots and humanity itself?
Besides NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, EVANGELION:DEATH TRUE² and THE END OF EVANGELION will also be launching on Netflix.
Here’s the rundown of the new series also unveiled:
ULTRAMAN – 1st April 2019
Several years have passed since the events of Ultraman, with the legendary “Giant of Light” (光の巨人 Hikari no Kyojin) now a memory, as it is believed he returned home after fighting the many giant aliens that invaded the Earth. Shin Hayata’s son Shinjiro seems to possess a strange ability, and it is this ability, along with his father’s revelation that he was Ultraman, that leads Shinjiro to battle the new aliens invading the Earth as the new Ultraman.
Director: Kenji Kamiyama, Shinji Aramaki
Music: Nobuko Toda, Kazuma Jinnouchi
Production Company: Production I.G, SOLA DIGITAL ARTS
Cast: Ryohei Kimura, Takuya Eguchi, Megumi Han, Hideyuki Tanaka
Rilakkuma and Kaoru – 19th April 2019
When 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. One of the most popular characters in Japan comes to life in this stop-motion animation series.
Director: Masahito Kobayashi
Writer: Naoko Ogigami
Creative Advisor: Aki Kondo
Production Rights: San-X
Production Company: dwarf studios
Cast: Mikako Tabe
7SEEDS – April 2019
In the immediate future, a giant meteorite has collided with earth. All living organisms, including mankind, have been wiped off the face of the planet. The government, who had foreseen this outcome, took measures to counter the worst-case scenario called Project 7SEEDS, in which five sets of seven young men and women were carefully selected and placed into teams. Each participant sought ways to survive on a deserted island.
Director: Yukio Takahashi
Story Editor: Touko Machida
Character Design: Yoko Satoh
Production Company: GONZO
Cast: Nao Touyama, Jun Fukuyama, Katsuyuki Konishi, Yoko Soumi, Kana Asumi, Akira Ishida, Aoi Yuuki, Kazuhiko Inoue
SAINT SEIYA: Knights of the Zodiac – Summer 2019
SAINT SEIYA: Knights of the Zodiac follows modern-day adventures of young warriors called “Knights”, who are sworn protectors of the reincarnated Greek goddess Athena. Each Knight wears a powerful armor based on their chosen zodiac constellation, and are called Knights of the Zodiac. They aid Athena in her battle against powerful Olympian gods who are bent on destroying the humankind.
Director: Yoshiharu Ashino
Story Editor & Head Writer: Eugene Son (Avengers: Secret Wars)
Character Design: Terumi Ishii
Saint Cloth design: Takashi Okazaki
Production Company: Toei Animation
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