Netflix is expanding its anime line-up with Ultraman and Kengan Ashura.
The new series were announced at the NETFLIX❤ANIME panel at Anime Expo this week, along with the renewal of popular series Aggretsuko for a second season, as well as release dates and first look images for upcoming titles, including Castlevania Season 2.
Ultraman is an action drama centred around a man possessing the spirit and DNA of the eponymous legendary hero, as he wears a metallic ultra suit and fights against evil.
Produced by Production I.G and Sola Digital, it’s directed by Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramak.
Kengan Ashura follows Kazuo Yamashita, an ordinary 56 year old man, who one day is summoned by the chairman of his company and hired as a gladiator. He learns that these hired gladiators engage in battles called “Kengan Matches: to protect the corporate rights of the businesses they represent. Kazuo Yamashita is assigned to battle a mysterious Kengan fighter named Ohma Tokita. Both men join the “Kengan Zetsumei Tournament” with the hope of winning the spot as chairman of the Kengan Organization.
Produced by LARX ENTERTAINMENT, it’s written by Makoto Uezu and directed by Seiji Kishi (Assassination Classroom).
Netflix Director of Content for Japan & Anime John Derderian – who moderated a panel featuring key anime creators LeSean Thomas (Cannon Busters), Adi Shankar (Castlevania) and Shinji Higuchi (Dragon Pilot) – commented: “As Netflix has grown around the world we have been astounded by the broad reach and great depth of anime fandom. We are partnering with the best global creators to produce a diverse slate of shows that we hope will excite the boundless passion of anime fans and make Netflix a premier destination for this beloved art form.”
Netflix also unveiled the poster for Ultraman: