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Today, as part of their NETFLIX ❤ ANIME panel at Anime Expo, Netflix announced two new anime series, along with the renewal of popular series Aggretsuko for a second season, as well as date announcements and first look images for upcoming titles in their growing anime slate, including the following:

    New Series ULTRAMAN will launch in Spring 2019
    New Series Kengan Ashura will launch in 2019
    Aggretsuko will return for a second season in 2019
    GODZILLA: City on the Edge of Battle will launch on July 18, 2018
    Dragon Pilot will launch on September 21, 2018
    Castlevania Season 2 will launch on October 26, 2018
    Cannon Busters will launch on April 1, 2019

Following the announcements, Netflix Director of Content for Japan & Anime John Derderian moderated a panel featuring key anime creators LeSean Thomas (Cannon Busters), Adi Shankar (Castlevania) and Shinji Higuchi (Dragon Pilot). On the upcoming anime projects, Derderian noted "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."

ULTRAMAN

www.netflix.com/ultraman

An action drama centered around a man possessing the spirit and DNA of the legendary hero “Ultraman” as he wears a metallic ultra suit and fights against evil.

Production Company: Production I.G, Sola Digital

Director: Kenji Kamiyama, Shinji Aramaki

Kengan Ashura

www.netflix.com/kengan-ashura

Kazuo Yamashita is an ordinary fifty-six 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.

Production Company: LARX ENTERTAINMENT

Directors: Seiji Kishi (Assassination Classroom)

Writer: Makoto Uezu

Aggretsuko Season 2

Aggretsuko Sizzle Reel

www.netflix.com/aggretsuko

Everyone’s favorite death metal panda is back! Retsuko will return to Netflix for Aggretsuko Season 2. Produced by Fanworks and featuring a character originally created by Sanrio, the creator of Hello Kitty, season two of Aggretsuko is coming to Netflix.

Writer / Director: Rarecho

GODZILLA: City on the Edge of Battle

www.netflix.com/godzilla-anime-2

The sequel to GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters, this epic re-imagining of the Godzilla world in a futuristic setting pits humans and robots against the biggest Godzilla ever seen in an interplanetary struggle for survival.

Production Company: Polygon Pictures, TOHO

Story / Writer: Gen Urobuchi

Directors: Koubun Shizuno, Hiroyuki Seshita

Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle will launch on Netflix on July 18, 2018

Dragon Pilot

www.netflix.com/dragonpilot

Recently stationed Air Self-Defence Force rookie Hisone Amakasu is chosen by a dragon concealed within Gifu Air Base to be his pilot.

Studio: Bones

Writer: Mari Okada

Director: Hiroshi Kobayashi

Executive Director: Shinji Higuchi

Dragon Pilot will launch on Netflix on September 21, 2018

Castlevania Season 2

www.netflix.com/castlevania

Returning to Netflix for a second season, Castlevania, inspired by the classic videogame series, is a dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepes himself. Trevor Belmont, last survivor of his house, is no longer alone, and he and his misfit comrades race to find a way to save humanity from extinction at the hands of the grief-maddened Dracula and his sinister vampire war council.

Director: Sam Deats

Writer / Executive Producer: Warren Ellis

Executive Producers: Adi Shankar, Fred Seibert, Kevin Kolde

Castlevania Season 2 will launch on Netflix on October 26, 2018

Cannon Busters

www.netflix.com/cannonbusters

The show follows the adventures and exploits of S.A.M, a high-end friendship droid who’s joined by a quirky, discarded maintenance robot and a brash, deadly fugitive. Together, the unlikely trio embarks on an unforgettable journey in a fantastic and dangerous world in search of S.A.M’s best friend, the heir to a kingdom under siege.

Creator / Director / Executive Producer: LeSean Thomas

Cannon Busters will launch on Netflix on April 1, 2019

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This is really awesome, but something is missing: What about Saint Seyia - Knights of the Zodiac? 

This was rumores as in production for months now and nothing has been said ever since. 

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21 hours ago, FASVB said:

This is really awesome, but something is missing: What about Saint Seyia - Knights of the Zodiac

This was rumores as in production for months now and nothing has been said ever since. 

I checked with Netflix and this is the only information they have listed.  No release date has been given.

Knights of the Zodiac: SAINT SEIYA

KNIGHTS OF THE ZODIAC: SAINT SEIYA follows modern day adventures of young warriors called "Knights", who are sworn protectors of the reincarnated Greek goddess Athena. Each Knights 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. The series is comprised of 12 episodes and is produced by Toei Animation.

Based on Original Stories and Characters Created by: Masami Kurumada

Director: Yoshiharu Ashino

Story Editor & Head Writer: Eugene Son

Character Design: Terum Nishii

Armor Design: Takashi Okazaki

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4 hours ago, Outsiders said:

I checked with Netflix and this is the only information they have listed.  No release date has been given.

Knights of the Zodiac: SAINT SEIYA

KNIGHTS OF THE ZODIAC: SAINT SEIYA follows modern day adventures of young warriors called "Knights", who are sworn protectors of the reincarnated Greek goddess Athena. Each Knights 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. The series is comprised of 12 episodes and is produced by Toei Animation.

Based on Original Stories and Characters Created by: Masami Kurumada

Director: Yoshiharu Ashino

Story Editor & Head Writer: Eugene Son

Character Design: Terum Nishii

Armor Design: Takashi Okazaki

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I watched the original series back in the 90's and I still have the original action figures produced back then.  When they first announced this, the fan community went nuts (and at the same time a little worried) give that the attempt made in 2014 to give it a "new spin" as movie format really sucked.  I re-watched yesterday and oh man...

The fan community here in Brazil is huge and very demanding. The expectations are as high as possible because it's a classic.   

Netflix here had the whole original series in the catalogue and pulled off recently, leacing just the spin off series "the Lost Canvas", so we assumed that it was on the way.

But thank you for the reply and we hope that they end up producing it in the end. 

 

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