Netflix’s weeklong virtual convention, Geeked Week, took an unusual detour on Wednesday by starting its schedule later in the day (for US audiences) to coincide with Thursday morning in Japan. The choice makes sense, of course, as the day’s panel was all about anime and animation – from new anime based on video games to parodies cartoons that supported the action figure brands of the 1980s. And although shorter than the previous two days, it was still full of announcements, trailers and art previews for upcoming shows . There’s a lot of information to analyze, so we’ve compiled it into a handy list of today’s events.
And be sure to check back daily as we’ll be adding to our knowledge base as Geeked Week continues.
Kevin Smith returns for Masters of the Universe: Revolution
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Masters of the Universe: Revelation executive producers Kevin Smith, Ted Biaselli, Rob David, Christopher Keenan, Frederic Soulie and Powerhouse Animation return for Masters of the Universe: Revolution. According to Netflix, the miniseries, a sequel to Revelationsees technology and magic collide as “He-Man and the Heroic Warriors face the forces of Skeletor and a deadly threat [to Eternia].” Meanwhile, a poster image of King Randor’s crown suggests more than one revolution could be happening on the planet. Presumably, the whole Revelation the voice cast will return as Tiffany Smith confirmed during the presentation that she is back as Andra.
The announcement opened the animation-focused day, which included a preview of the new Season 4 credit sequence. The Dragon Princeteasing her “Mystery of Aarvaros” story, images from the upcoming anime series Exceptionand the art of Seven Deadly Sins: The Edinburgh Grudgescience fiction animated series moonrise, Uncle from another worldand Skull Island.
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The latter, by Brian Duffield and Jacob Robinson, centers on a group of castaways on Kong Island and their efforts to not only escape, but also to escape his menagerie of monsters and Kong him. -same. MOTU and Castlevania‘s Powerhouse Animation gives their unique take on King Kong, which – judging by the art of the preview – is to do huge. Duffield is a writer and executive producer.
Uncle from another world centers on “a young man’s uncle who wakes up from a 17-year-old coma, now with magical powers and a love for video games.” It debuts in July.
Exception, announced during Geeked Week 2021, focuses on a group of terraformers who use 3D bio-printed ships to prepare a planet for the arrival of humanity. But since the Earth they left behind is a dystopia, no one knows if the rest of the universe will want humanity to venture out. The program is expected to start later this year.
Seven Deadly Sins: The Edinburgh Grudge is a two-part film following Tristan, the son of Seven capital sins‘ protagonists Meliodas and Elizabeth. Inheriting the powers of their separate clans, he discovers he can both hurt and heal those around him with little control, and sets out on a journey to Edinburgh Castle in hopes of solving his problem. Both parts will be presented later in 2022.
Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre and ghost hunters Will join the lineup
Junji Ito also appeared to announce Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre, an animated anthology based on his work, will be coming to Netflix in 2023. Revealing some of the character designs, he mentioned that his “Tomie” and “Hanging Ballons” stories will be adapted into the series, as will at least one story featuring featured his recurring character from Soichi. Of the three, the most disturbing seems to be “The Hanging Ballons” with its startling imagery of a balloon in the likeness of a recently deceased celebrity crossing the sky above a Japanese city.
Also announced during the presentation: inner work will continue for a second season. But before that, the second half of Season 1 is on the way. As seen in a clip from the first episode of Part 2, Regan Ridley (Lizzy Caplan) returns to his job sometime after his father, Rand (christian slater), made public his plan to rule the world. Now convinced that life is just “dreams that turn into entropy,” she must somehow navigate Cognito Inc.’s new status quo. Rand, meanwhile, plans to take things back “to the glory days. “. Part 2 drops later this year.
And while it wasn’t mentioned during the presentation, news broke earlier today of an upcoming ghost hunters animated series. No other details are available, so it’s unclear if this will continue from Jason Reitman. Ghostbusters: Afterlife, or tell past stories in the timeline. Reitman and Ghost Corps boss Gil Kenan will serve as executive producers.
entergalatic Teaser enters a mood
Netflix also revealed the cast of Kid Cudi’s next series entergalatic. Featuring the voices of Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Jessica Williams, Timothée Chalamet Ty Dolla $ign, Laura Harrier, Vanessa Hudgens, Christopher Abbott, 070 Shake, Jaden Smith, Keith David, Teyana Taylor, Arturo Castro and Macaulay Culkin – not to mention a vibe and style reminiscent of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – he sets out to tell a “adult story following a young man trying to find love”. Kid Cudi and Kenya Barris are executive producers. It is expected to debut this fall.
Other previews include a trailer for Farzar and a teaser for Cyberpunk: Edge Runners — an animated series based on CD Projekt Red’s universe Cyberpunk 2077 video game. The ten-episode series focuses on a street kid, David, trying to survive in a city where high technology and body modification are de rigueur. But out of options, he becomes an edgerunner – a mercenary outlaw also known as a cyberpunk. Equipped with the fearsome Sandevistan, a modification allowing him to move very quickly, he sets out to conquer his own part of Night City.
Studio Trigger provides the animation with Hiroyuki Imaishi (kill her kill her) as a director. Other members of the creative staff include lead character designer and executive animation director Yoh Yoshinari (Little Witch Academy), screenwriters Masahiko Otsuka (Star Wars: Visions episode “The Elder”) and Yoshiki Usa (Gridman Universe series) and composer Akira Yamaoka.
In a behind-the-scenes segment, writer and producer Bartosz Sztybor discussed bringing “explosive visuals” to the world. While gaming is all about immersion, the series will focus on more thematic and narrative ideas that aren’t easily integrated into an open world gaming environment – for one, the true cost of undergoing body mods like Sandevistan . Other members of the CD Project Red team noted that the series may be more colorful than the game, but there will also be a crossover, as a clip discussed during the presentation sees David and his team ravage the Maelstrom gang.
Cyberpunk: Edge Runners is coming to Netflix in September and judging by the teaser and clip released during the presentation, it absolutely has that style of trigger.
Farzarmeanwhile, is an adult animated sci-fi comedy series from Paradise PDby Roger Black and Waco O’Guin. It centers on the son of a legendary hero who, despite his failure, may well rid his world of an alien threat. Or maybe it’s just drawing naked cartoon characters. Although it owes a lot to the fantasy cartoons of the 1980s, it’s expressly not for children. The series begins in July.
Behind the scenes of Esoteric
Esoteric was a surprise hit for the service when it debuted last November. To celebrate, the platform is adding a set of Esoteric profile icons to service UI. Additionally, the Riot Games YouTube account will soon host Arcana: Closing the Rift, a behind-the-scenes look at the animated sensation. As seen in a clip from the series, it will deepen Riot’s ambition to put a League of Legends story in the eyes of a new audience and “unleash the potential” of Fortiche Productions, a French animation company that Riot has partnered with for past music videos and other promotions. A second season of Esoteric is currently in production.
Another behind-the-scenes glimpse came courtesy of director Alberto Mielgo, who discussed his surprising short film “Jibara” from volume 3 of Love, Death + Robots. The extended clip also revealed some of the storyboarding, motion capture and computer animation techniques used to bring its surreal yet very realistic setting to life.
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