Global streaming giant Netflix has unveiled on their content showcase in Singapore on Thursday five (5) new anime shows as a part of their original series, which will include the highly-acclaimed Filipino comic Trese.
Also announced during the event are three titles from Studio MAPPA, Gonzo, Anima, as well as the anime adaptation based on the 2013 sci-fi movie Pacific Rim.
“At Netflix, we have chosen to focus on high concept anime with global travel prospects,” said Taito Okiura, the streaming service’s Japan-based director for anime content, “This is a really big commitment. And the prosperity of Netflix’s anime showshas to be aligned with the prosperity of Japanese anime generally.”
Trese is a Filipino crime and horror comic book series, written by Budjette Tan and illustrated by Kajo Baldisimo, which had been running since December 2005.
The story is focused on supernatural detective Alexandra Trese, a detective who deals with supernatural creatures in the underworld.
The upcoming series will be lead by Jay Oliva, who previously worked in Wonder Woman and The Legend of Korra, together with Shanty Harmayn and Tanya Yuson at BASE Entertainment, an animation studio based in Jakarta and Singapore.
The comic book’s third series won as Best Graphic Literature in the 2010 National Book Awards.
When the crime gets weird, who you gonna call? Alexandra TRESE! Our very own Filipino horror crime komiks is coming! 💯 🇵🇭 #SWNAsia
— Netflix Philippines (@Netflix_PH) November 8, 2018
The upcoming anime adaptation of Pacific Rim will expand its story of the first two live-action series, and focuses on a teenage boy and his younger sister, who are forced to pilot an abandoned Jaeger robot across a hostile environment in a desparate search to find their missing parents.
Thor: Ragnarok’s Craig Kyle and X-Men Evolution’s Greg Johnson will be the showrunners of the upcoming series, which will be produced by Legendary Entertainment.
Alter Carbon is an anime “feature”, which will be an expansion of the popular Netflix sci-fi live-action series, exploring new elements in the story mythology.
Dai Sato, who previously worked on anime shows like Cowboy Bebop and Eureka Seven, and Tsukasa Kondo will write the upcoming series, which will be produced by anime studio Anima.
Cagaster of the Insect Cage will be an adaptation of the manga series by Kacho Hashimoto, which ran from September 2005 to May 2016 with a total of seven (7) volumes.
The streaming service described the upcoming show:
Set in a post-apocalyptic world where a mysterious disease “Cagaster” turns people into giant murderous insects, this manga-based series follows the struggle of a young couple to stay alive.
Koichi Chigara, who worked on Gate Keepers and Full Metal Panic, will direct the upcoming series, which will be produced by renowned anime studio Gonzo.
Yasuke is set in a war-torn feudal Japan, where a retired ronin must take up his sword when he is charged with the task of transporting a mysterious child who dark forces want to eliminate.
LeSean Thomas, who created the upcoming Netflix series Cannon Busters, will create and direct the upcoming series, which will be produced by anime studio MAPPA.
The upcoming series is part of the Netflix’s continued push into Asia with Asian original content launched during the event.
The media company is set to spend USD8 billion (about PHP400 billion) for content, which includes Japanese anime content.