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‘Pacific Rim’ Anime Series Heads Huge Netflix Originals Slate in Asia

Pacific Rim Netflix Announces Pacific Rim, Altered Carbon, 3 More Anime Originals
Adrian Cunningham | 08 November, 2018, 23:28

With Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro took everything that was great about Saturday morning breakfast cartoons - Colourful robots!

We have no idea when Altered Carbon season two will be landing on Netflix, but the streaming giants have more than enough planned to keep us going in the meantime with a new anime series. Within the 17 new Asian Originals announced, 5 of which are brand new anime titles. They join previous Netflix productions in Asia that include India's "Sacred Games", Japanese anime series "Devilman Crybaby, and Korean variety comedy "Busted".

It is set in the same universe of the Netflix live-action sci-fi series, where the second season is in production at Skydance Television. The work will "explore new elements of the story mythology."Dai Sato (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Eureka Seven, Cowboy Bebop, Ergo Proxy) and Tsukasa Kondo are credited as writers for the project". The cyberpunk setting and themes of lost identity are well-suited to anime - the medium helped define the former. Legendary Entertainment, which is behind the Pacific Rim films, will produce the series. The three other anime titles are all original titles, including a mecha-samurai series Yasuke starring Sorry to Bother You's Lakeith Stanfield, the post-apocalyptic Cagaster of an Insect Cage from Full Metal Panic! According to the report, the series will focus on "an idealistic teenage boy and his naïve younger sister" as they attempt to find their parents while piloting an abandoned Jaeger.

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Cagaster of an Insect Cage: Based on a manga of the same name, the series follows a young couple struggling to stay alive in a post-apocalyptic world where a mysterious disease "Cagaster" turns people into giant bloodthirsty insects.

Yasuke: Based on the historical samurai of African origin who fough with Oda Nobunaga, the series follows a retired ronin (Stanfield) in a war-torn Japan of "mechs and magic", who is charged with the task of transporting a mysterious child targeted by dark forces. Created & Directed by LeSean Thomas (The Boondocks, Cannon Busters), who is also serving as executive producer. Protagonist Alexandra Trese goes up against the criminal underworld of Manila who's crime bosses consist of supernatural beings.

Netflix will have plenty of content to offer from or in-the-style-of Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, and South Korea, and as a Filipino-American myself, it's cool to see a project called Trese in the mix, which centers on Filipino folklore and is based off a Filipino graphic novel.