Netflix Announces 5 New Original Anime Projects

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This announcement comes on the heels of Netflix's reveal earlier this week of six all-new animated features and series, including projects from noted animation directors Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life, El Tigre), Craig McCracken (The Powerpuff Girls, Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends) and Nora Twomey (The Secret of Kells, The Breadwinner), further evidence of the streaming giant's aggressive efforts to greatly expand its content offerings to a growing global base of animation fans. "This is a really big commitment". Netflix already has a lot of anime scheduled for future releases and with the addition of 5 further Originals, it's a great time to have a Netflix subscription. It's only fitting, then, that the kaiju saga is set to continue in animated form with an original Netflix anime series. The episodic series will follow "an idealistic teenage boy and his naïve younger sister" who are on the search for their missing parents, venturing out into the unsafe world in an abandoned Jaeger.

At a showcase event in Singapore on Thursday, Netflix announced five new original anime series and films from Asia, including two revolving around Pacific Rim and Altered Carbon. The anime film, which will explore new elements of the story mythology, is written by Dai Sato ("Cowboy Bebop", "Samurai Champloo") and Tsukasa Kondo, with production through Japan's Anima studio.

That leaves three other series: Cagaster of an Insect Sage, Yasuke, and Trese. Set in a post-apocalyptic world where a mysterious disease "Cagaster" turns people into giant murderous insects, this manga-based series follows the struggle of a young couple to stay alive. Koigi "Last Exile" Chigira directs, with animation duties being handled by Hellsing studio Gonzo.

The story's protagonist is based on the historical figure Yasuke, a samurai of African origin who served under Oda Nobunaga during Japan's Warring States period in the 16th century. Lakeith Stanfield (Atlanta, Sorry to Bother You) is voicing Yasuke.

Shifting ponds to Manila, Trese focuses on a tale of the Philippine underworld that is home to criminals and mythical beings who have infiltrated human society, as Alexandra Trese finds herself tangling with more malevolent creatures.

The show will be produced by Jakarta and Singapore-based BASE Entertainment.

Jay Oliva, who worked in United States blockbusters such as "Wonder Woman" and "The Legend of Korra", is the series' executive producer.

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