© 梅田阿比(月刊ミステリーボニータ)/「クジラの子らは砂上に歌う」製作委員会 

Streaming giant Netflix just announced their slate of anime for the coming year or so, and there’s a lot of cover, so here’s a quick review of all the anime that Netflix is helping to make possible.


© 梅田阿比(月刊ミステリーボニータ)/「クジラの子らは砂上に歌う」製作委員会

Title: Children of the Whales (Kujira no Ko-ra wa Sajō ni Utau)
Premiere Date: October 2017
Format: TV Anime
What it is: Based on a highly-rated manga that has even inspired a stage play, the story of Children of the Whales follows a boy named Chakro who lives on a giant ship called a Mud Whale on a planet covered in sand. In this world, there are two tribes of people: the Shirushi (lit. The Marked), who have superpowers born from their own emotions but have a shortened lifespan, and the Muin (lit. The Unmarked), a.k.a. normal humans who have no powers but a regular lifespan.

The protagonist, Chakro, is a Shirushi who yearns to see the outside world before his short life ends. A girl from the very world he admires arrives on the Mud Whale and tells him that there’s a war going on between two forces who control humans with the emotions sucked out of them that are turned into weapons.

Our First Look at Fantasy Anime Children of the Whales in Motion (with English Translation)


©2017 TOHO CO.,LTD.

Title: GODZILLA -Kaijū Wakusei- (lit. Godzilla: Monster Planet)
Premiere Date: November 11, 2017
Format: Film
What it is:This is the first film in the animated trilogy starring the king of monsters. In the 1900’s, Godzilla causes havoc on the world. In 2048, the humans have given up and have chosen a select few to move to a new settlement in space. One young man named Haruo whose parents were killed by Godzilla wishes to return to Earth so he can get revenge.


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Title: Rilakkuma
Premiere Date: TBA
Format: TV Anime
What it is:This series hasn’t had much announced about it yet, but we know that it focuses on Sanrio’s character named Rilakkuma (a relaxed bear) who hangs out with Korilakkuma (a little bear), and Kiiroitori (a little bird). This anime will be animated with stop-motion animation.


©Go Nagai-Devilman Crybaby Project

Title: DEVILMAN crybaby
Premiere Date: Early 2018
Format: TV Anime
What it is:This reimagining of Go Nagai’s Devilman manga follows a boy named Akira, who learns that the world is currently under threat from a tribe of demons who want to take over the world. Akira is forced to combine with a demon in order to gain its powers and protect the world.


© Keisuke Itagaki (AKITASHOTEN)1992

Title: Baki
Premiere Date: TBA
Format: TV Anime
What it is:Baki revolves around the titular character, who is aiming to become stronger than his father. Baki is faced with death row inmates who are bored with being strong and wish for a challenge. Along with his comrades, Baki fights to let these prisoners taste defeat.


Title: Knights of Zodiac: Saint Seiya
Premiere Date: TBA
Format: TV Anime
What it is:This is a fully-CG animated remake of the original Saint Seiya anime, which follows a young man named Seiya who has trained to become a protector known as a Saint that serves the Goddess Athena. He fights alongside other warriors that represent the various constellations of the galaxy.


©MAGES.

Title: LOST SONG
Premiere Date: 2018
Format: TV Anime
What it is:This original anime starring singer Konomi Suzuki (Dusk Maiden of Amnesia, No Game No Life) and voice actress/singer Yukari Tamura (Galaxy Angel, Akame ga Kill!) revolves around two people. The first is Rin, an energetic girl living in a village surrounded by greenery who likes to eat. The second is Finis, a diva of the beautiful capital city who spends her days alone in the depths of the gorgeous palace. These two girls have a power no one else does: the ability to heal wounds, create water, and make the wind blow, all by using the power of song.

When the shadows of war falls upon the kingdom, even the light of miraculous songs are drenched in the color of blood. Having the lives of those they love stolen from them, their voiceless screams echo throughout a prison. Fate leads these girls blessed by song to embark on a dangerous journey.


©雨宮慶太・井上敏樹・木根ヲサム・HERO’S/ソードガイ製作委員会

Title: Sword Gai THE ANIMATION
Premiere Date: Spring 2018
Format: TV Anime
What it is:This anime has been in production limbo for a while now. Based on a manga, this anime was originally planned to premiere in 2016, then in 2017, and is now slated for spring 2018. The story revolves around an orphan named Gai, who was taken in by a swordsmith when he was young. As the swordsmith’s apprentice, he practices his craft, but loses his arm in an accident while forging a sword. Gai’s adoptive father refashions a demon sword into a replacement for his arm, which he uses to fight against enemies.


© BONES/Project A.I.C.O.

Title: A.I.C.O. -Incarnation-
Premiere Date: Spring 2018
Format: TV Anime
What it is:The story of this original series from anime studio Bones (Concrete Revolutio) revolves around a girl named Aiko in the year 2035. Her parents were killed in a freak accident that spawned from a research project. The accident leads to the release of a violent artificial life form that takes over the city—and the city is now closed off by the government. Aiko learns that she has a secret hidden inside of her own body. Her classmate Yuya tells her of something that will change everything, and together, they hold the fate of humanity in their hands.


Title: B: The Beginning
Premiere Date: Spring 2018
Format: TV Anime
What it is: Formerly known as “Perfect Bones,” this anime is an original project from Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell, Haikyu!!). It revolves around Keith, an investigator for the royal police force who is forced to try and apprehend a serial murderer who is somehow involved with a mysterious crime organization.

Comments (2)
  1. Don’t forget to count Cannon Busters in that list ! ^_^

    • Hi,
      While I love the staff of Cannon Busters, it unfortunately doesn’t fit the Western definition we have for anime. Like Castlevania, we left it off this list.

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