Netflix Announces New Slate Of Asian Originals
Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) has announced some of its plans for new series at its See What’s Next Asia event in Singapore. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings appeared at the event, along with House of Card’s Robin Wright, and Diego Luna and Michael Pena of Narcos’.
Netflix is expanding their animation lineup with five new anime titles. Sci-fi cyberpunk series Altered Carbon is becoming a Netflix Original anime. Cowboy Bebop scriptwriter Dai Sato will be writing for the series, which comes from the Anima animation studio.
The Pacific Rim movie series will also become an anime on Netflix. Pacific Rim follows two siblings who take over an abandoned giant robot to travel across a hostile landscape to find their missing parents. The series comes from Legendary Entertainment.
Cagaster of an Insect Cage, Yasuke, and Trese will also be added to the anime lineup. Cagaster of an Insect Cage is a manga-based series set in a post-apocalyptic world where a mysterious disease transforms people into giant killer insects. Koichi Chigira directs this offering from the Gonzo animation studio.
Yasuke follows a retired ronin charged with the task of transporting a mysterious child being hunted by dark forces. The series comes from the MAPPA animation studio.
Trese is set in a Manila and follows the titular character in her fight against a criminal underworld comprised of malevolent supernatural beings. The series is based on the Philippine graphic novel by the same name.
A slate of other Asian Originals were also announced at the event. Thai drama series, Shimmers, will be included in the lineup. Shimmers follows the stories of five teens haunted by ghosts in northern Thailand.
Thai series The Stranded is also coming to Netflix. Some have described the series, which revolves around a teenager and his friends stranded on a remote island, as Lost with an Asian touch. Korean zombie six-episode series Kingdom may be one of the first on the list to appear on the service.
Triad Princess and Nowhere Man are new additions to the streaming service. Triad Princess is a series about the daughter of a triad boss who moonlights as the undercover bodyguard of a famous actress. Nowhere Man is a crime drama.
The new shows and anime will all be streamed globally. Kingdom has a release date of Jan. 25. Release dates for the other Asia Originals have not yet been revealed.