Netflix continues to tread wildly into many different genres on their streaming service. Of course, we know they dominate the likes of drama and comedy, as evidenced by all their original content, but they’ve also had a foothold in the world of anime for a couple years now, and it looks like they’ll be continuing to do so in the near future, but with a couple familiar brands.
First up, we have Pacific Rim. According to Deadline, the live-action film series is getting an anime adaptation set in this same Kaiju-filled world. Here’s what the outlet has to say about the show:
“Pacific Rim, which expands the world of the two live-action movies of the same name, returns to the epic battle of Kaiju and Jaegers. The original anime series follows two siblings — an idealistic teenage boy and his naïve younger sister — who are forced to pilot an abandoned Jaeger across a hostile landscape in a desperate attempt to find their missing parents. Co-showrunners are Craig Kyle (Thor:Ragnarok) and Greg Johnson (X-Men: Evolution). The series comes from Legendary Entertainment (Kong: Skull Island; Pokemon: Detective Pikachu).”
Very interesting. Though with this one boasting an American creative team, one has to wonder whether or not diehards will truly count this as a legit anime or just a standard animated show (though some American-made anime series like RWBY have managed to cross over into that world).
That ain’t all. For another series, Netflix is turning to one of their own original properties: Altered Carbon. Interestingly enough, this American property will actually be getting an animated makeover from Japanese talent:
“Set in the same universe as the Netflix-live-action sci-fi series — which is currently in production — Altered Carbon will explore new elements of the story mythology. The series comes from the animation studio, Anima and will be written by Dai Sato (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) and Tsukasa Kondo.”
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