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Yasuke Review

Netflix’s Yasuke takes cues from history by telling the story of Japan’s first African samurai while also telling an original tale. Created by LeSean Thomas, it follows the story of Yasuke (LaKeith Stanfield), a man from Africa who served under the feudal lord Nobunaga Oda, known as the great unifier of Japan. Much of the show draws from Yasuke’s life, like his first meeting with Oda who has never seen an African person before and was intrigued with how dark his skin was. Even though there weren’t many records of Yasuke after Oda’s death, the series attempts to tell a new story filled with fantastical elements. The show depicts 16th century Japan with not just samurais, but also with sorcerers, beasts, and even mechs roaming the lands.

We follow Yasuke, who has lived in isolation since the death of Lord Oda as he lives the remainder of his life as a boatsman. He drinks his sorrows away to forget his painful past as a formidable samurai in Oda’s court decades earlier. The country is at war with a powerful Daimyo, who has decimated Nobunaga’s army in her wake. Much of the series displays some flashbacks of Yasuke’s life living under the feudal lord’s roof and serving under him as his top warrior despite being considered an outcast by those around the court. We see Nobunaga’s attempts to bring Japan forward from its old ways by accepting an African man and a female samurai into his military. 

After Oda’s defeat, Yasuke feels guilty of how he died and the betrayal of his female comrade, Natsumaru. Yasuke’s undying commitment to save the Japanese community reawakens when he encounters a young girl named Saki, who holds an extremely powerful supernatural gift. Yasuke is tasked with bringing her to someone who can help her harnest these gifts to be used against the Daimyo. Much of the series follows their journey filled with fantastical fight sequences and interesting characters they meet along the way like werebeasts, sorcerers, and giant robots. 

What works here is the stunning animation thanks to Studio MAPPA, who has worked on other anime series like Jujutsu Kaisen and Attack on Titan. The incredible action sequences should keep audiences engaged with the individual fight scenes with Yasuke as well as the huge action pieces during the flashback scenes with Oda’s army fighting against the Daimyo. Even the music done by Grammy-nomimated artist Flying Lotus. The music blends some R&B and electronica that perfectly matches the style of the series. 

Even though the series takes inspiration from other anime series, the show does seem to struggle with finding its own footing. The storytelling follows a similar formula like other animated series on Netflix, where shorter seasons would build up a story arc and lead into a big showdown. However, Saki and Yasuke’s relationship is perhaps one of the strongest components of the series. Saki shows off what she can do with her gifts as they become powerful each time she uses them. Yasuke has shown how much skilled he is as a swordsman and fighter. Despite all the incredible fights we see here, the stories are something that we are all too familiar with.

Deep down, Yasuke proves to be worth a watch thanks to the superb animation and the incredible musical score. Creator LeSean Thomas has crafted something that shows his appreciation of anime as a great storytelling platform by giving audiences a historical tale that will break down barriers, following in the same footsteps as Afro Samurai, another anime series with a black lead character. Yasuke very much tells the age-old story of good versus evil that works when it comes to exploring feudal Japan through the eyes of an African samurai, but exploring more of the deep overtones of an outsider in a strange land would’ve been interesting as well. Nevertheless, Yasuke is definitely a series that will grab anyone’s attention thanks to the unique concept of a familiar style of storytelling.

Yasuke is available to stream now on Netflix.

Yasuke Premieres April 29 & A NEW Visual!

“In a war-torn feudal Japan filled with mechs and magic, the greatest ronin never known, Yasuke, struggles to maintain a peaceful existence after a past life of violence. But when a local village becomes the center of social upheaval between warring daimyo, Yasuke must take up his sword and transport a mysterious child who is the target of dark forces and bloodthirsty warlords. Premieres April 29, only on Netflix

MAPPA’s latest anime series premieres on April 29th on Netflix. Here is the new visual the dropped today:

Find more information HERE

Netflix Adapting Gundam Into A Live-Action Film

The world of Gundam is making its way to live-action thanks to Netflix. The big streaming platform has announced their intentions adapting the popular Gundam series into a film with Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts helping bring the feature version to life as a director and producer

The immensely popular mecha anime franchise was announced by Netflix as their next project for their movie library. In a press release, the streaming giant will be teaming up with Legendary to tackle Gundam into a live-action film. Comic book scribe Brian K. Vaughn will be writing the script for the potential film and also serve as an executive producer on the project. Legendary’s Cale Boyter will be overlooking the film alongside the Sunrise creative team.

No plot details were announced for the live-action version, but Gundam has become a priority for Netflix since it was picked up. It was back in 2018 when the project was revealed at the Anime Expo with both Legendary Pictures and Sunrise collaborating on it. Netflix will be releasing the film worldwide except for China, where Legendary will be distributing the film theatrically. Launched in 1979, the Gundam franchise has amassed a huge multi-billion-dollar property that helped popularize the mecha genre with its different types of media.

The original Gundam series takes place in the Universal Century, an era where humanity has spread across space and created colonies outside of Earth into the star system. Eventually, a war breaks out for humanity’s independence against those living on Earth. The film tackles war, loss, and innocence among its themes throughout the different series they have released over the years. The story heavily involves soldiers piloting robots known as mobile suits into huge epic battles. Much of the franchise is popular for their popularity in the mecha genre and bringing it into the West. The Gundam universe has spawned over 50 series, films, and OVAs as well as expanding into mangas, novels, and video games.

Vogt-Roberts has been known for his work with Legendary in the monster hit Kong: Skull Island. With such incredible credentials, the director is no stranger to epic fights with big set pieces, so it seems like the perfect fit. The MonsterVerse has been successful with Godzilla vs. Kong and Legendary has already been in the business of creating movies about giant robots with the Pacific Rim film series. Audiences got a brief glimpse into what a live-action Gundam would look like thanks to Steven Spielberg’s film Ready Player One.

No date has been given for when the Gundam live-action feature would release, but it isn’t the only anime that Netflix is working on. They are currently tackling a live-action TV series based on Cowboy Bebop, which should arrive sometime this year. This does increase the ever-expanding library of anime properties that the streaming service has at its disposal.


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Pacific Rim: The Black Review

The world of Pacific Rim expands as the franchise makes a jump from the big screen to anime in Netflix’s original animated series Pacific Rim: The Black. Just like the films, the anime series also follows the fight for humanity as they fight against colossal monsters from another world called Kaiju using big mecha soldiers called Jaegers. The story focuses mainly on two siblings as they wander among a barren wasteland in order to find out what happened to their parents after leaving them behind to find help over five years before the series starts.

The Black takes place sometime after Pacific Rim: Uprising as it takes the action to Australia, where most of the Kaiju have invaded. Siblings Taylor and Hayley live in isolation among a community just surviving while waiting for their parents to return after venturing off with a Jaeger to find help. Five years later, they never came back and it seems all hope is lost. However, Hayley stumbles upon a Jaeger beneath the grounds of their safe haven, giving her and Taylor a fighting chance to find out what happened to their parents. Their journey begins as they discover the world beyond their home as they discover more Kaiju and what’s left of civilization.

The good thing about this show is that it doesn’t shy away from the harsh realities of life and death. We see characters die early on in the series, usually in gory fashion. In a world where giant monsters exist, heroism is hard to come by, and sometimes there no room for it when it comes down to survival. It is one of the harsh lessons that the siblings must learn when they venture out on their own after a Kaiju destroys their community. The Black shines when it grasps on the more mature themes and the price for living in a dangerous world such as theirs. We get to see some amazing Jaegar action fighting against the Kaijus, but it doesn’t always work for the inexperienced.

The first season does a great job expanding on Pacific Rim with new information on the war that we got to see briefly in the first two films. Viewers get to learn more about the Drift, a technique used to link the minds of pilots in order to control the Jaegers. We get to see the benefits as well as the dangers that come with linking two minds together. We also see Kaiju that we’ve never seen before, even if we kind of has to stretch our beliefs in certain areas like ones that can be artificially made. It seems like the writers are trying to give us something new rather than show us a lot of the robot-versus-monster fights that we have seen in the films.

The only problem comes into the second half of the season when The Black kind of goes off-track by focusing on another human settlement that Taylor and Hayley discover. When we see these other characters enter the picture, we don’t get to see enough of them. It keeps our heroes away from the Jaeger a lot more than it should. Despite giving us some time to get to know these characters outside the mech, it seems like the time wasn’t well spent on them. We learn a lot about Taylor and Hayley throughout the season, but we don’t get to learn much about the other people who show up in their lives like the assassin Mai or her hard-boiled boss Shane.

Structure and writing aside, the animation looks top-notch, to say the least. Each of the designs with the characters, Jaeger, and even the Kaiju look great. The show blends the 3D-style animation with traditional anime, which is what most of the Netflix shows are going for these days. They look pretty well in stills, but they can look a little dicey at times when it comes to movements. The Drift sequences give a better understanding of what the pilots go through when their minds are linked together. Sometimes the action can be a little choppy, where oftentimes it kind of takes you out of some battle scenes. 

Pacific Rim: The Black brings us back to the franchise while expanding on the world of Kaijus and Jaegers. With every new idea presented in the series, it does get messy in dialogue as well as its pacing. It brings in more of a darker tone and less of the humor and goofiness that the first two films brought. While the movies focused a lot on the spectacles of giant machines fighting monsters, the anime series brings a cohesive story into view. Even though the story needs some polishing, the visuals, and the fights are just about sufficient to keep you entertained during its first season. 

Pacific Rim: The Black is now streaming on Netflix.

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Showrunners of Blood of Zeus Talk Personal Connection And Love of Anime

Blood of Zeus has continued Netflix’s foray into anime as the latest addition to the streaming service’s library of animated original shows. After the success of Castlevania, Powerhouse Animation Studios goes deep into Greek mythology in this tale of good versus evil. Following the adventures of demigod Heron, the son of Zeus goes on a perilous journey to save Mt. Olympus and Earth from sinister forces. It sounds like your typical Greek story, but its much more, according to writing duo Charley and Vlas Parlapanides. We sat down with the two showrunners on their personal ties to the story and their fascination with anime.

Growing up with Greek background, Charley and Vlas have grown to love the stories of Greek gods and heroes told to them as kids. “We always loved Greek mythology. They were told to us by our grandmother and our mother, and they were very good at telling them in a way that brought about a certain sense of excitement,“ Vlas explained. With this familial connection to the source material, it was very personal for both of them. “The reason Blood of Zeus is, I would say even a little more personal is that we’re children of immigrants. So even though may you may look at us and we felt like we were outsiders, even though we may not look like that. When it came to write Heron, he’s the quintessential outcast. He’s the bastard. He’s the one that’s made to feel less and minimalized. And so that really was something that we wanted to explore, and that was something that was very personal to us.”

Knowing that they would be displaying their motherland, Charley reflected on how this was a story about Greece. “This is this is not our story. This is Greece’s story, because truth, we were using a lot of the tropes and archetypes that are well established in the Greek mythological canon. And and part of it is we just tried to take from the stories that existed,just taking little tidbits and nuggets from it.”

The showrunners also touched upon how they made the Greek deities so relatable. “There are certain troupes that we used and then we took the liberty to also create a new character in Heron. The way Zeus was portrayed, we wanted to portray him in a way that felt really to what you knew about Zeus. And same goes for Hera. But we also wanted to go a little dig a little deeper. So it was important to show some vulnerability in actually both characters,” Vlas said. “I think when they seem them, the audience sees themselves in the characters and the gods and even in the main characters, I think it helps. And I think that was that’s been part of the appeal of the show.”

Along with the luscious scenery of Ancient Greece, Charley and Vlas also went into the work behind the epic action sequences. “That cinematic kind of feel that you get after watching the show that is something that was a mandate from the get go. It’s more expensive to do it cinematically, because what you’re really doing is you’re milking moments and your really doing it through kind of the lens of almost trying to make it feel like a movie. And that is also that also, the music is a big part of that, along with the directing with with everything,” Vlas mentioned.

The Parlapanides brothers also went into finding the voices behind these characters. “The actors did a fantastic job with the material. We feel like they elevated the material and again, the mandate with them too was to treat this as a movie, bring that emotional truth to the work,” Vlas said. “A lot of them were theater actors, so they really were able to bring their characters to life in a way that I think really helped with the performances resonate.” Charley added to the fact on how incredible it was to work with the cast on the series. “I’ve never been more impressed by a group of actors because they are on point.”

Vlad shared his gratitude to all the people involved in bringing the Greek mythological series to life. “One of the things that we feel very fortunate that happened among this entire journey is that we worked with some very talented people…We feel very good when we shine a positive light on the work that they did because it was massive and its a big reason that the show is as successful as it is.” Charley discussed how different animation was for them as opposed to a live production. “With animation, you are building it little by little, its not like physical production where you show up and there’s a set and you film and there it is…Basically what you’re doing here is that there’s a complete blank page and Shaunt has to take our script and we have to talk about how we stage it, what the location is, and what the characters are doing. It was a really fun process.”

So will there be more stories to tell for Blood of Zeus? Vlas seemed enthusiastic to continue the tales of Heron and the Greek deities if the opportunity arises. “We’ve thought of a whole bunch of things. We have to wait and see if we’re going to be given a season two.” Charley expressed his gratitude to Netflix for allowing them to present their series to an audience as the streaming platform continues their foray into animation. “We hope that they’ll order a second season. We think that audiences have embraced the show. We wrote a 25-page outline for the second season and where the show would go. We love this story and we have lots of ideas. Whether we get to tell it depends on the audience.”

Check out the rest of the conversation on our video and don’t forget to check out Blood of Zeus on Netflix.

Power Rangers To Leave Netflix

On February 1st, 2021 some Power Ranger series will be leaving Netflix. Where it is going is uncertain, but some of the series is staying on Netflix. The ones that are leaving are:

Mighty Morphon Alien Rangers
Power Rangers Zeo
Beetle Borgs
Power Rangers Turbo
Power Rangers In Space
Power Rangers Lost Galaxy
Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue
Power Rangers Time Force
Power Rangers Wild Force
Power Rangers Ninja Storm
Power Ranger Dino Thunder
Power Rangers S.P.D.
Power Rangers Mystic Force
Power Rangers Operation Overdrive
Power Rangers Jungle Fury
Power Rangers RPM
Power Rangers Samurai
Power Rangers Super Samurai
Power Rangers Megaforce
Power Rangers Super Megaforce
Power Rangers Dino Charge
Power Rangers Dino Super Charge

The ones not leaving are:

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Power Rangers Ninja Steel
Power Rangers Super Megaforce Legendary Battle Extended Edition
Power Rangers Samurai Christmas Together Friends Forever
Power Rangers Samurai Clash of the Red Rangers
Power Rangers Super Samurai Trickster Treat
Power Rangers Super Samurai Stuck on Christmas
Power Rangers Beast Morphers

A Brief Review of “Sweet Home” Episode 1

Greetings readers, CuriousCat-13/Tracy Preston here. Hope you all had the happiest of holidays and a fantastic start to the new year (2021 that is). With the beginning of a new year comes new articles. And what better way to start things off than an article about a Korean horror series. What series you ask? Why it’s none other than the new Netflix series Sweet Home, specifically the first episode (in a spoiler-free review). Ever since I found out about the series’s release, I had been counting down the days for when I could finally watch it, now I can.

Sweet Home | Netflix Official Site
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After watching the first episode, I’ve gotta say, the first episode really knows how to prepare the audience for the ride. While the episode starts off different from how the manhwa does, the rest of the episode does more than enough to make up for it. Generally, when a story in a post-apocalyptic setting starts, (or as far as my experience with these types of stories goes) we get a glance into the lives of the characters that we’ll be following before the world ends up becoming a new level of hell. Looking back at reading the original manhwa, I don’t recall seeing what everyone else’s lives were like. Sure, there were hints dropped during conversations, but it isn’t until those moments, that take place later in the manhwa, that you get some flashbacks (so you barely get to know them at the beginning). In all honesty, it makes me feel at least a bit more attached to the characters than I previously was. During a few scenes, the second I saw a specific character, I could feel the sadness crawling into my heart after remembering their fate. There were also a couple of scenes that faked me out when it came to introducing characters. There was a scene that made me afraid that one of my favorite characters was going to be someone completely different from what she’s like in the manhwa. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case as it was a different character, that I didn’t recognize until she was addressed by her name (not to mention that the show is live-action as opposed to animated).

Other than some of the changes in the order of certain events/scenes (or even how they played out), and the addition of some new scenes, I thoroughly enjoyed the first episode. The pacing was consistent, the actors and actresses did an amazing job bringing their characters to life, and the atmosphere was (in my opinion) perfect. While the episode mainly focused on Hyun, a number of the other characters were given enough screen time for the viewers to get a taste of what they’re like. Also, even though the viewers (if they haven’t already read the manhwa) aren’t shown why Hyun is where he is, there are clues sprinkled in to give them ideas as to what happened. At the moment, I haven’t watched the rest of the first season, so I don’t know if his whole backstory has been revealed yet. However, I am looking forward to seeing how they do the full reveal. Speaking of reveals, having previous knowledge of the story, I was on the edge of my seat during the moments that were foreshadowing when and how things were going to go down.

Sweet Home (Series review) » Dramabeans Korean drama recaps
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The last thing to bring up, before wrapping things up, is the soundtrack. The opening and ending themes are amazing!! The second I watched and listened to the opening animation, I fell in love. The art style and the way it moves to the music is almost hypnotic, not to mention that both fit perfectly with the story itself. The ending is also special. There isn’t an animation playing with the music. Instead, it mainly consists of a mixture of what I believe are concept art photos and screenshots from different scenes. Given how not all of the major monsters have been shown, it was intriguing to see some of them during the ending “animation.” While I’m not the biggest fan of the genre of music that was chosen, I was still able to at least appreciate the song. Now what completely caught me off guard, was the sudden moment, near the end of the episode, where one of Imagine Dragon’s songs, Warriors, started playing. While I wouldn’t have a song with vocals playing during the specific scene, the lyrics were oddly fitting for the characters and their situation.

All-in-all, the first episode of Sweet Home was able to leave a strong enough impression, not to mention how faithful it is (to a degree) to the original source material. Not only did the actors and actresses do a phenomenal job with bringing their characters to life, but the make-up crew, the people that built the sets, and the cinematography was breathtaking. I can’t remember the last time I watched a Korean production, but there’s just something about the cinematography and overall production that left such a lasting and powerful impression on me. So if any of you are looking for a suspenseful horror series, that takes place in Korea, and you’re not super squeamish when it comes to body horror, I highly recommend checking the series out. Also, please support the original creators and go check out the original manhwa on WEBTOON. They worked their butts off creating this story and they’ve done far more than enough to deserve the attention. They also have two other ongoing webcomics (if you’ve already read Sweet Home) that are available to read on WEBTOON as well (one of which they are collaborating on together called Bastard). If any of you have at least seen the first episode of Sweet Home, please tell me your overall thoughts in the comments below (but please be mindful if you’re bringing up any spoilers). What was your favorite moment and who is your favorite character so far? Until then, this is CuriousCat-13/Tracy Preston: signing off.

Blood of Zeus Review

After the success of Castlevania, Netflix and Powerhouse Animation Studios team up again for another series as they tackle the realm of Greek mythology. Blood of Zeus is another masterpiece from the Netflix anime library that puts an eight-episode season into an epic story of destiny, fate, and family. 

The story follows a young huntsman named Herron who lives as an outsider in his hometown along with his mother. As with any story with rising heroes, Herron discovers his destiny is linked with the Greek Gods after a swarm of demons attacks his town. Our young hero is aided by Elias, a wise old man who knows a whole lot about the Gods than he’s letting on. Sort of like Merlin is to Arthur, Elias gives Herron some help in his fight against the demons. Throughout the season, Herron learns about the never-ending battle between the Gods and the monstrous Giants, descendants of the all-powerful Titans. As the demons bring havoc on Earth, it is up to Herron and some allies to help keep the world in balance before it falls to the Giants and ending humanity.

If you are well-versed in Greek mythology whether it’s in books or films, then these stories may be familiar. However, it is the animated style and storytelling that makes Blood of Zeus stand apart. The designs of the characters, environments, and even the creatures are truly unique and breathtaking. From the heavens of Mount Olympus to the depths of Hell, the series uses much vibrant colors and designs to bring life to these epic locales. Even the action sequences are something to marvel at thanks to the beautiful animation. For instance, seeing the Gods fighting against the Giants in the big finale is glorified and very exciting to watch on screen.

Created by Charley and Vlas Parlapanides, this writing duo has managed to bring a theatrical feel to the series showcasing how powerful these Greek Gods can be. With their credits including the live-action film Immortals, it’s no wonder these guys are all too familiar with the landscape of Greek mythology. Thanks to the incredible musical score, title designs, and the 300-style fight scenes, Blood of Zeus cranks the volume all the way up. Animated storytelling is the perfect way to go for a series like this, something that the movies can’t always work with. 

There’s plenty of drama to go around as the characters help drive the story. Despite having Herron as our protagonist, there are other characters that we get to follow in their journey. Alexia, an Amazonian warrior, shows her fierce skills as a fighter as well as an explorer when uncovering the secrets of the demons. We get some serious family drama from Olympus when it’s between the Gods as Zeus goes up against his jealous wife Hera in a civil war. It is a pleasure to see each of the Gods and explore their inner psyche.

Blood of Zeus is definitely another winner for Netflix as the streaming service continues their streak with top-notch series for their anime library. It’s a perfect blend of Greek mythology with the impressive visuals of animation. It is a series worth taking your time with if you’re a fan of anime or just great storytelling.

Blood of Zeus is now available to stream on Netflix.

Through The Moon Sets Up the Fourth Season Of The Dragon Prince

With the production of the upcoming fourth season of the Netflix animated series The Dragon Prince underway, fans don’t have to wait to revisit the world of Xadia. The series has expanded into comics with its graphic novel Through the Moon. This publication gave more of a backstory that led to the events of the first season while setting up a new story arc that will take place in the new season.

The novel was released earlier this year to keep fans invested in the story of The Dragon Prince as the production on the new season is underway. The graphic novel was made by the show’s creators Aaron Ehasz and Justin Richmond to bridge the gap between season three and four while also digging deep into the history of Xadia. With the Kingdom finally at peace after Lord Viren’s defeat, there are still questions that linger Rayla’s mind. She suspects that Viren may not actually be dead after not being able to locate his body after the final battle. Rayla sets out on another quest with King Ezren and her beloved Callum to find out the truth about her parents.

In the graphic novel, Callum performs an ancient ritual in order to open the Moon Nexus that connects both the living and the dead. We get to see this part of the story testing Callum and Rayla’s relationship as they both face some hurdles. Rayla is agitated by the mystery of her parents’ disappearance and her mentor Runaan while Callum is still holding a grudge against the Moonshadow Elves for killing his stepfather and putting the Kingdom in danger. As the story concludes, it seems like the couple patch things up, but Rayla decides to leave the group to explore the rest of Xadia on her own to uncover the truth. 

With Rayla leaving without saying goodbye to Callum, it looks like this may be where season four will start. When Rayla got to see what lies on the other side of the Moon Nexus, she was unable to locate her parents or her teacher, suggesting that these three may actually be alive somewhere in Xadia. Not only that, but Rayla also catches a glimpse of an unforeseen vision of Lord Viren as well. In that vision, Rayla saw Viren emerging out of a crystallized cocoon, showing him coming back to life. To confirm her suspicions, she confides in Soren as he too thinks that his father may be alive as he struck him with his sword, only to reveal that it was an illusion. 

Through the Moon may have just set the stage for what we can expect in the fourth season since this is considered canon to the series. It’s possible we’ll see those close to Rayla making an appearance. We also see that the connection between Viren and Aaravos runs far deeper as these two men are about to have some sort of metamorphosis metaphorically and physically. As we know, season three ended with Viren’s daughter Claudia using dark magic to resurrect him as the evil Startouch elf Aaravos who teamed up with Viren to take over Xadia has cocooned himself. We shall know more once the fourth season drops on Netflix soon.

New Anime Makes an Impact on Netflix

This year 2020 following the month of September Netflix has announced the Anime coming to the popular streaming service. The list is presented below.

Blue Exorcist 

A supernatural tale of action and demons as Rin Okumura the son of Satan, becomes a force of good against the legions of darkness. In the prestigious school of True Cross Academy Rin trains to become the ultimate warrior to save the world from an eternity of damnation. Upon its release date Rin will enter the famed arc of the Kyoto Saga

Genres: Shonen, Drama, Fantasy, Supernatural, Horror 

Releases: September 1st, 2020         Episodes: 39        Seasons: 2

Children of the Sea

A film that explores the life of Azumi Ruka as she spends the summer at the local aquarium. Once there she discovers the world of underwater sea life and the connection she has between two mysterious boys Umi and Sora.

Genres: Fantasy, Drama      

Releases: September 1st, 2020            Director: Ayumu Watanabe

Erased

A science fiction piece that focuses on time travel. For Satoru Fujinuma its a matter of life and death for when he is framed for his mother’s murder. Satoru travels back in time but a little too early he goes back 18 years to discover his 5th grade old self. Now he must change the events of the past in order to save his future.

Genre: Science Fiction, Drama, Fantasy         

Release: September 1st, 2020           Episodes: 13     Seasons: 1

Fate / Grand Order – First Order 

A science fiction time travel story where Ritsuka Fujimaru and Mash Kyrielight are responsible for saving the world from ultimate destruction. In order to do so the Chaldea Security Organization sends our heroes to the past to find the answer to save the unforeseen future of the planet. 

Genres: Fantasy, Drama, Science Fiction

Releases: September 1st, 2020                         Director: Hitoshi Nanba

The Promised Neverland

A story about children in an orphanage and one day the simple life they had is turned upside down when they discover the grounds carry a dark secret. Now they must survive in a house disguised to nurture them for something far more sinister. 

Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Drama

 Releases: September 1, 2020              Episodes: 12         Seasons: 1 

The Idhun Chronicles

Centers on the fire wielding teenager Jack and his companion Victoria as they endure the reign of the tyrannical Winged Snakes organization. Now, the two heroes must find their destiny in the land of Idhun and the potential to save the world. 

Genres: Fantasy

Releases: September 10, 2020          Episodes: 5         Seasons: 1

Pokemon Journeys: The Series 

Ash Ketchum, now a Pokemon master, returns home to Pallet Town with his faithful companion Pikachu. Once home he is employed by the incredible Professor Cerise to study the culture and lives of Pokemon starting a new journey around the world. 

Genres: Fantasy, Adventure 

Releases: September 11, 2020           Episodes: 24           Seasons: 2

Dragon’s Dogma

A dark fantasy story that center’s on Ethan after his heart is stolen by a dragon, with the help of his friend Hannah the two of them set out across the lands to reclaim his very heart. Based on the popular Capcom video game released in 2012 of the same title “Dragon’s Dogma.” 

Genres: Fantasy, Adventure

Releases: September 17, 2020        Episodes: 7           Seasons: 1

Sword Art Online 

A long time running anime in recent years Sword Art Online expands with another season as the famous characters interact within Aincrad, a floating castle where players and avatars meet. But the players are trapped in the virtual world so in order to free themselves they must complete the game and to die in the game you die in real life. Therefore, Aincrad becomes a virtual fight for survival.

Genres: Science Fiction, Romance, Fantasy  

Episodes: 74                      Seasons: 3

Check out these amazing animes as they are added to the Netflix roster ready to captivate audiences with compelling storytelling and characters. Keep on the lookout for more content within the following months as these shows and many more will expand the Netflix catalog and reach audiences all over the world.