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Netflix announce Six original anime

Netflix announce Six original anime
Dan Barnett
Author: Dan Barnett

Dan first encountered anime at the ripe old age of six with a VHS copy of Laputa. Ten years later he re-discovered it in Robotech and overnight a DVD collection was born.

At the 'Netflix Anime Slate 2017' event yesterday the streaming giant announced their plans to keep up their foray into the anime market, and revealed no less than seven new original and exclusive titles to be hitting the service between now and the end of 2018.

Amongst the titles announced were:

Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya, a remake of the original series following a team of magical warriors who garner their powers from 'cloths', which have designs based on the constellations. The series will be produced in association with Toei.

Sword Gai follows a boy who fuses with a magical sword to fight monsters and is based on the manga by Toshiki Inoue.

A new series based on the popular Baki the Grappler franchise follows Baki as he aims to become the ultimate fighting legend.

Lost Song is a fantasy show about two singers who can use the power of their voices to wield magic, which can create water and heal the wounds of the injured.

A.I.C.O. Incarnation, a sci-fi series being produced by studio BONES, which juxtaposes the stories of people who find they are no longer within their original bodies. This one sports a seemingly post-apoclyplic setting, where roller-blading treasure hunters seek out lost technology whilst avoiding terrifying masses of bio-matter.

Production I.G. brings B: The Beginning, a high stakes detective drama following an investigator hunting an infamous killer known only as 'B'.

Netflix also reconfirmed some previously announced plans, such as the latest entry in the Devilman franchise: Devilman Crybaby, which came along with a new trailer. Children of the Whales was noted to begin streaming in 2018. While Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters will hit our shores in November. Netflix also confirmed that production is underway on series Rilakkuma and Cannonbusters, though they did not announce any release dates.

That constitutes quite a commitment to anime from Netflix! How do you feel? Looking forward to any of these shows? Let us know in the comments below or on our forum.

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