Highlights include new original Anime ‘7SEEDS,’ new look at upcoming series ‘SAINT SEIYA: Knights of the Zodiac,’ ‘Rilakkuma & Kaoru’ and ‘ULTRAMAN’ as well as the exclusive worldwide streaming debut ‘NEON GENESIS EVANGELION.’
Netflix has announced plans to expand its original Anime programming, presenting highlights for the upcoming year during the Anime Lineup Presentation event on Monday at Akiba Theatre in Tokyo.
The announcements join the streaming giant’s ever-growing slate of anime, including this year’s series DEVILMAN crybaby and B: The Beginning. Over the course of 2019, viewers everywhere will be able to discover and enjoy even more anime coming from some of the best creators in the word, as well as a chance to revisit some of the most beloved stories they already know and love, including SAINT SEIYA: Knights of the Zodiac, ULTRAMAN and NEON GENESIS EVANGELION.
Additional details, trailers and artwork for the full lineup are shown below:
Rilakkuma and Kaoru – Global Launch: April 19, 2019
One of the most popular characters in Japan comes to life in the stop-motion animated series Rilakkuma and Kaoru. When a woman in her thirties begins sharing her apartment with a soft toy bear that has decided to take up residence there, she finds that the secret to life is sometimes as simple as relaxing.
Director: Masahito Kobayashi
Writer: Naoko Ogigami
Creative Advisor: Aki Kondo
Production Rights: San-X
Production Company: dwarf studios
Main Cast: Mikako Tabe
NEON GENESIS EVANGELION – Global Streaming Debut: Spring 2019
A.D. 2015. Tokyo 3 is under attack by powerful creatures known as the Angels. The protagonist, Shinji Ikari, is chosen to pilot the Humanoid Decisive Weapon Evangelion -- the only way for humanity to fight against the Angels. The battle for the fate of humanity starts now. What exactly are the Angels? What fate awaits the young pilots and humanity itself?
Besides NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, EVANGELION:DEATH TRUE² and THE END OF EVANGELION will also be launching on Netflix.
Director: Hideaki Anno
Planning / Draft: Hideaki Anno
Character Design: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
Mechanic Design: Ikuto Yamashita, Hideaki Anno
Production Company: Studio Khara
Main Cast: Megumi Ogata, Kotono Mitsuishi, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Megumi Hayashibara, Yuko Miyamura
SAINT SEIYA: Knights of the Zodiac – Global Launch: Summer 2019
SAINT SEIYA: Knights of the Zodiac follows modern-day adventures of young warriors called "Knights", who are sworn protectors of the reincarnated Greek goddess Athena. Each Knight 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.
Director: Yoshiharu Ashino
Story Editor & Head Writer: Eugene Son (Avengers: Secret Wars)
Character Design: Terumi Ishii
Saint Cloth design: Takashi Okazaki
Production Company: Toei Animation
7SEEDS – Global Launch: April 2019
In the immediate future, a giant meteorite has collided with earth. All living organisms, including mankind, have been wiped off the face of the planet. The government, who had foreseen this outcome, took measures to counter the worst-case scenario called Project 7SEEDS, in which five sets of seven young men and women were carefully selected and placed into teams. Each participant sought ways to survive on a deserted island.
Director: Yukio Takahashi
Story Editor: Touko Machida
Character Design: Yoko Satoh
Production Company: GONZO
Main Cast (Summer Group B): Nao Touyama, Jun Fukuyama, Katsuyuki Konishi, Yoko Soumi, Kana Asumi, Akira Ishida, Aoi Yuuki, Kazuhiko Inoue
ULTRAMAN – Global Launch: April 1, 2019
Several years have passed since the events of Ultraman, with the legendary “Giant of Light” (“Hikari no Kyojin”) now a memory, as it is believed he returned home after fighting the many giant aliens that invaded the Earth. Shin Hayata's son Shinjiro seems to possess a strange ability, and it is this ability, along with his father's revelation that he was Ultraman, that leads Shinjiro to battle the new aliens invading the Earth as the new Ultraman.
Director: Kenji Kamiyama, Shinji Aramaki
Music: Nobuko Toda, Kazuma Jinnouchi
Production Company: Production I.G, SOLA DIGITAL ARTS
Main Cast: Ryohei Kimura, Takuya Eguchi, Megumi Han, Hideyuki Tanaka