Netflix’s Eden Anime Series Releases Worldwide

08.June.2021 | ANIME&GAME

Netflix released its original sci-fi anime series Eden worldwide on May 27. The series is created by Justin Leach (Ghost in the Shell 2) with Yasuhiro Irie (Fullmetal Alchemist) as director and Toshihiro Kawamoto (Cowboy Bebop) as concept designer. Available in both Japanese with subtitles and an English dub, it follows the story of two robots, E92 (Kentaro Ito/David Tennant) and A37 (Kyōko Hikami/Rosario Dawson) who raise Sara (Marika Kouno/Ruby Rose Turner), the last human child.

 

A special online event was held in Japan on May 26, the day before the anime dropped on the streaming service, to promote its release. The voice cast for the main trio—Kentaro Ito, Kyōko Hikami, and Marika Kouno—added the event along with director Yasuhiro Irie. The event featured a virtual recreation of the place where Sara first meets E92 and A37, as well as the robots themselves making an appearance.

 

“At first, I was aiming to make something fun and interesting as entertainment,” explains Irie, “but when was I considering what the most important things to us would be, it would be those things that are obvious and immediate to us. So I felt like I had to turn it into something which conveyed that.” Kouno, who plays the last human child Sara, said: “It felt like heresy for her to have been raised by robots, but Sara herself is an ordinary, innocent girl. She feels love from her robot mum and dad, so I feel like she’s been raised as a normal girl. Even in a world like this, love doesn’t change.”

 

The series director Irie was asked if they were to continue the series, were there more episodes they wanted to add. “The events in the world of this story go back much longer – it had a longer setting. Things that weren’t included in the series, such as what happened at Eden 2, and how Sara awoke in this world, are included in Justin Leach’s script, so I think it would be possible to put it on the big screen.”

 

Japanese actor Shinsuke Kasai, who also hosted the event, described the series: “It seems like a cute series, but I felt a hint of of Nausicaä [from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind] inside Sara’s braveness.” Kasai asked Kouno if she felt the same. “She certainly doesn’t seem to have any concept of living beings or inorganic substances,” replied Kouno. She continues: “She seems robots as the same as her—as human. What we see as clearly human she sees from a different perspective.”

 

Why, in this natural world of Eden where only robots exist, are humans considered evil? What is the mystery behind Eden, a world where Sara, loved and raised by E92 and A37, stands as the only human? Head on over to Netflix to find out.

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  • Netflix Announces Original Anime Series ‘Eden’ Launching Worldwide This Spring

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    Eden | Teaser Trailer | Netflix

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    You can catch Eden when it hits Netflix worldwide on May 27, 2021.

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    Fan club members will also receive an exclusive Rilakkuma and Kaoru wallpaper.

     

    Getting involved on Twitter

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  • Netflix Anime Series B: The Beginning Succession Ending Theme to be Performed by ACCAMER

    23.February.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    It has been announced that ACCAMER will perform the ending theme Be Down for B: The Beginning Succession, the upcoming second season to the anime series B: The Beginning which will premiere on Netflix on March 18, 2021.

     

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  • Netflix Series Rilakkuma and Kaoru Gets Exhibition in Tokyo

    25.December.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    An exhibition for the popular stop-motion animation Netflix series Rilakkuma and Kaoru will run at SEIBU Ikebukuro in Tokyo from December 27, 2020 to January 5, 2021. Fans of the series can look forward to plunging themselves into its adorable world with recreated sets, statues, photo spots, limited-edition merchandise, and more.

    Stop-motion sets and figures used in the animated series

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    Stop-motion animation behind-the-scenes

    Catch a behind-the-scene glimpse of the efforts put into creating the series including early sketches, character reference, designs, and more.

     

    Take a photo at Kaoru’s apartment

    Fans of the series won’t want to miss out on a special photo spot recreating Kaoru’s apartment with Rilakkuma and co waiting to greet you inside.

     

    Over 500 pieces of limited-edition merchandise

    Special Replica Plush Toy Korilakkuma With Serial Number | ¥25,300 (300 available in Japan / 200 elsewhere)

    Kaoru’s Album Post Card Set | ¥1,650

    Plush Pouch | ¥2,200 Each

    Fans can get their hands on a selection of exclusive limited-edition merchandise, including a replica Korilakkuma plush toy of which only 200 are available, each with its own unique serial number on the foot.

     

    Bonus Items

    Designs given randomly

    For every ¥5,000 spent in one transaction (tax included), visitors can receive a free original bag. These are available to the first 200 people per day of the exhibition.

     

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  • New Stop-Motion Animated Series ‘Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure’ To Premiere on Netflix

    29.October.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    Japanese character manufacturing company San-x has teamed up with TYO Group’s animation studio dwarf studios to produce an original Netflix series called Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure.

     

    The series is a follow-up to Rilakkuma’s first ever stop-motion animated series Rilakkuma and Kaoru which premiered worldwide on Netflix in April 2019. The new series is also a stop-motion animation adventure.

    The new series features Kaoru (voiced by Mikako Tabe), Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori who are all set for a fun-filled day at an amusement park. Join the gang as they face a number of exciting incidents and make some new encounters at closing time.  There are a total of eight episodes, each of which lasts approximately ten minutes.

     

    The Rilakkuma and Kaoru series ranked at number two on Netflix’s list of top 10 most watched shows of 2019 in Japan. The new series will be available to watch in over 190 countries worldwide.

     

    Rilakkuma’s fun adventures have only just begun so stay tuned!

     

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  • Netflix Announces ‘Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness’ CG Animated Series

    29.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    Netflix dropped a trailer for the new CG animated series Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness series on Sunday which is set to release worldwide in 2021.

     

    This marks the first CG series adaptation of the popular Resident Evil horror game franchise. A CG film, Resident Evil: Vendetta, was released in 2017.

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    The series will be produced and supervised by Capcom’s Hiroyuki Kobayashi, a long-time producer on the Resident Evil series who worked on the critically-acclaimed Resident Evil 7, and producer of the three CG films: Resident Evil: Degeneration, Resident Evil: Damnation, and Resident Evil: Vendetta.

     

    The series is described by Netflix as ‘horror with a sci-fi twist’ and will be centred on popular Resident Evil characters Leon Scott Kennedy and Claire Redfield. Check out the official teaser trailer below.

    Stay tuned for the latest updates on Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, launching worldwide on Netflix in 2021.

     

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  • Aggretsuko: Season 3 Music Spotify Release Includes 3 Songs by OTMGirls

    30.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Three songs by the idol group OTMGirls from Season 3 of Aggrestsuko were released in both English and Japanese on music download and streaming services worldwide, including Spotfy, on August 28.

     

    Aggretsuko is a Netflix Original musical comedy anime series produced by Fanworks that follows Retsuko—a character created by Sanrio—a red panda who works as an accountant at a Japanese company. Retsuko faces constant frustration from her coworkers and superiors, and she lets it all out by singing death metal at karaoke. Season 3 released worldwide on Netflix on August 27, 2020.

     

    Aggretsuko: Season 3 – Three Insert Songs Released Worldwide

    Artist: OTMGirls feat. Aggretsuko
    Title: Aggressive Girl (Japanese: アグレッシブガール)
    Released: August 28, 2020

    Stream & Download: Spotify / iTunes / Apple Music

     

    Aggressive Girl CD Single Release

    Two of the songs will also be released on OTMGirls’first ever CD single in Japan on September 2, 2020. The single is being mastered by Grammy-award winning American mastering engineer Ted Jensen (Green Day’s American Idiot). Tower Records will also sell OTMGirls merchandise alongside the single’s release.

     

    Aggressive Girl

    Release Date: September 2, 2020

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    OTMGirls Bazuritai! Music Video

    Check out the new music video for OTMGirls’ song Bazuritai! which is sure to get your feet tapping and shouting “O! T! M!” along with the track.

     

    YouTube Spin-Off Anime “OTMGirls no Yoki Yoki Channel”

    OTMGirls are also getting their own spin-off anime on YouTube which open on September 2, 2020. The anime is directed by Rarecho who is also the director for Aggretsuko.

     

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  • Aggretsuko: Season 3 Trailer Sees Everyone’s Favourite Ball Of Rage Moonlighting at New Underground Job

    07.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    A new trailer has finally dropped for season three of Aggretsuko along with a series of new animation stills and the announcement of new cast members.

    The trailer kicks off at a depressing pace with inside Retsuko’s messy room where she has fallen asleep on the ground wearing her VR headset. “I’m no-one special in the grand scheme of things. It’s time I lived with my feet on the ground,” she ponders timidly. The trailer then switches to a meeting between Retsuko and Gori. Gori asks Retsuko to invest in her new marriage counselling project.

    But the story really takes a turn when Retsuko crashes into the back of a certain leopard’s car. That leopard happens to be the producer of the underground idol group OTMGirls. He appoints Retsuko as the ‘Account Director’ for the group, and so begins Retsuko’s journey into moonlighting to pay off her debt.

    We see a new unicorn character called Seiya in the trailer, who in the Japanese dub will be voiced by none other than Yūki Kaji who is known for voicing Eren Yeager in Attack on Titan and Zeldris in The Seven Deadly Sins. “I remember when I first met ‘Aggretsuko,’ I was shocked that such a cute girl could scream like that,” laughs Kaji. “But I think that polarity is what gets you hooked on this show.”

    Speaking about his role in the show, Kaji also comments: “Seiya, the unicorn I play, is a really deep character. He finds himself equal to the rest of the world!”

     

    Season three of Aggretsuko will hit Netflix worldwide on August 27, 2020. See the full trailer below.

  • Aggretsuko Season 3 Netflix Release Date and New Poster Revealed

    21.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    Netflix has finally confirmed the release date for season 3 of Aggretsuko. Get ready to rage with your favourite red panda on August 27, 2020.

     

    Warning: Potential story spoilers ahead

    What is Aggretsuko?

    Aggretsuko is a Netflix Original musical comedy anime series produced by Fanworks that follows Retsuko—a character created by Sanrio—a red panda who works as an accountant at a Japanese company. Retsuko faces constant frustration from her coworkers and superiors, and she lets it all out by singing death metal at karaoke. When the first season dropped in April 2018, it became a hit worldwide. Its popularity continued when Season 2 was released in June 2019.

     

    Season 3 Announced

    In the run up to Season 3’s worldwide Netflix release on August 27, a new poster has been released along with key art of new characters: OTMGirls, a three-member idol group, and their producer.

    In Season 2, Retsuko fell in love with Tadano, a donkey, but that shortly ended after he revealed to her that he is not interested in getting married or having kids, resulting in Retsuko going back to her old life as an ordinary office lady. In the new poster, however, we see her wielding an electric guitar, perhaps ready to take on new challenges. We also see familiar faces returning in the poster, along with some new ones.

     

    Season 3 of Aggretsuko will hit Netflix worldwide on August 27, 2020. If you’ve yet to watch the first two seasons—you have plenty of time to catch up!

     

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  • Japan Sinks: 2020 Netflix Original Anime Series Spin-Off Project ‘Shizumanu Kibou’ Launches

    14.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    Japan Sinks: 2020, the first ever anime adaptation of Sakyo Komatsu’s best-selling 1973 disaster novel Japan Sinks, was released worldwide on Netflix on July 9, 2020. The series is directed by Masaaki Yuasa, who is known for his unique free-flowing animation style, having directed such internationally-lauded anime series like Devilman Crybaby, Ping-Pong: The Animation, and The Tatami Galaxy.

    Netflix launched a new project called “Shizumanu Kibou” (Unsinking Hope) on July 10 as a spin-off project of Japan Sinks: 2020 which aims to inspire positivity based on the characters that appear in the anime series who never forget the importance of looking forward no matter how difficult the circumstances. The project will archive “music,” “words,” “images,” and other media centred on the series to show hope for the future in the face of adversity.

     

    The film’s director, Masaaki Yuasa, is known for throwing in lighthearted rap scenes during importance scenes in his tragic films. Japan Sinks: 2020 is no exception, where the character Kaito sings an uplifting rap. This scene of hope for the future in the series served as the starting point to the Shizumanu Kibou project.

     

    Ongoing content from Kafu, Daichi Yamamoto, and Taichi Mukai

    A line-up of creators will be releasing songs, music videos, and a variety of content for the Shizumanu Kibou project going forward. This includes Kensho Ono, who voiced Kaito in the series and performed the rap part; virtual singer Kafu; Daichi Yamamoto who is big in Japan’s hip-hop scene; and singer-songwriter Mukai Taichi.

     

    Mic relay spins words of hope

    A social media campaign is launching in Japan as part of the project which can be followed with the hashtag #キボウのマイクリレー (‘Mic Relay of Hope’). Japanese rapper Ken the 390, who wrote the rap for Japan Sinks: 2020 is hosting this online mic relay, which hopes to inspire a viral trend based on the rap.

     

    Social media posting campaign

    A second social media campaign is also being held with the hashtag #キボウの風景 (‘scenery of hope’) which invites users to post pictures of scenery that is important to them or images that they would like to leave for the future.

     

    You can keep update on the project and the anime series over on the official Japan Sinks: 2020 Twitter page here.

     

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