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Jude Law, Susan Sarandon, Jason Schwartzman. The cast list reads like a big-hitting drama, but it’s actually the voice cast for Neo Yokio, Netflix’s new anime.
The trailer for the show landed this weekend, and judging by the flood of familiar tropes – “We’ve seen a dramatic rise in occult activity…” – crammed into two minutes, it’s set to be a post-modern, tongue-in-cheek homage to classic manga, English literature and modern New York culture.
The show is created by Ezra Koenig (yes, of Vampire Weekend), working with writer/executive producer Nick Weidenfeld and his Friends Night banner. A collaboration with Japanese anime studios Production IG and Studio Deen, along with MOI, the Seoul-based animation studio, the series also boasts the vocals of Jaden Smith, Willow Smith, Tavi Gevinson, Richard Ayoade, Steve Buscemi, Alexa Chung and Stephen Fry.
Storyboard artists for the series include Kazuhiro Furuhashi (Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, Hunter x Hunter, Rurouni Kenshin) and Junji Nishimura (Ranma 1/2, Urusei Yatsura, Pro Golfer Saru).
“The greatest city in the world,” purrs the trailer. We can judge that for ourselves on Friday 22nd September, when all episodes premiere on Netflix. Until then, here’s the trailer:
Neo Yokio is available on Netflix UK, as part of £7.49 monthly subscription.
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