Netflix Reveals Slate of Upcoming Anime Projects During ‘Tudum’ Event

During today’s TUDUM global fan event, Netflix revealed a string of upcoming anime projects as well as highlighting past releases.

If you’ve been enjoying the recent anime releases from Netflix, there’s plenty more to come, as the streaming giant revealed today during the TUDUM fan event. A full slate of anime releases, including a movie and several new seasons were announced, as well as a look back at the highly successful release of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal: The Movie, which was released earlier this year.

Let’s take a look at the anime projects that were announced:

Drifting Home (Coming in 2022)

Kosuke and Natsume have been friends since childhood, but as time goes on the relationship between the two sixth graders seems strained as they keep avoiding one another. One day during their summer vacation, they go to a housing complex that is scheduled to be demolished. Having grown up there, the place holds a lot of memories, but while playing, they suddenly get caught up in a mysterious phenomenon and when they regain consciousness, they see an entire ocean before them as the housing complex has drifted into a mysterious sea and Kosuke and Natsume with it. Will they be able to return to their previous world? A summer farewell journey begins…

Director: Hiroyasu Ishida
Screenplay: Hayashi Mori, Hiroyasu Ishida & Minaka Sakamoto
Character Designer: Akihiro Nagae
Assistant Character Designer: Fumi Kato
Composer: Umitaro Abe
Producer: Koji Yamamoto
Production: Studio Colorido
Planning: Twin Engine

Aggretsuko, Season 4 (December 2021)

Frustrated with her thankless office job, Retsuko the Red Panda copes with her daily struggles by belting out death metal karaoke after work. After becoming an underground idol to pay off her debts, Retsuko decides to quit OTMGirls and enjoy living a happy, normal life… but just as the company she works for is facing big changes, her relationship with Haida finally begins to move.

Original story by: Sanrio
Directed by: Rarecho
Animation Production: Fanworks

Super Crooks (November 25, 2021)

In this anime adaptation, small-time crook Johnny Bolt recruits the ultimate crew for one last heist — for real! From comic book legend Mark Millar, this super-powered heist story about eight super-villains is jam-packed with action and told in 13x 30-minute episodes lushly produced by Bones.

Original Graphic Novel created by: Mark Millar & Leinil Yu
Director: Motonobu Hori
Writer (Story Editor): Dai Sato
Composer: Towa Tei
Character Design Supervisor: Leinil Yu
Character Design: Takashi Mitani
Animation Production: bones (or BONES)

Ultraman, Season 2 (Coming in 2022)

Several years have passed since the events of Ultraman, with the legendary “Giant of Light” (光の巨人 Hikari no Kyojin) now a memory, as it is believed he returned home after fighting the many giant aliens that invaded the Earth. Shin Hayata’s son Shinjiro seems to possess a strange ability, and it is this ability, along with his father’s revelation that he was Ultraman, that leads Shinjiro to battle the new aliens invading the Earth as the new Ultraman.

Based on a comic by: Tsuburaya Production, Eiichi Shimizu & Tomohiro Shimoguchi
Directors: Kenji Kamiyama & Shinji Aramaki
Music: Nobuko Toda & Kazuma Jinnouchi
Production: Production I.G. & SOLA DIGITAL ARTS

Bright: Samurai Soul (October 12, 2021)

In the time between the fall of the Shogunate and the rise of the Meiji era, a powerful bright light emitted from a wand brings an end to the long Shogunate period to avoid further bloodshed as Japan begins to shift toward a new era. Amid these circumstances, a one-eyed wandering ronin named Izou, who has lost his reason to live, and Raiden, an orc who detests murder and hopes to leave a life of thievery behind, separately meet a young elf girl named Sonya around the same time. Together, they go on a journey along the Tokaido road to bring her and the wand she holds safely to the land of the elves in the north. Standing in their path is the mysterious organization Inferni, which aims to obtain the wand and revive the Dark Lord, who intends to rule all of creation. Inferni also uses the new Meiji government in its attempt to steal the wand from Izou, Raiden and Sonya. Traveling along the Tokaido road from Kyoto to Yokohama, Izou and Raiden begin their journey to protect the wand.

Directed by: Kyohei Ishiguro
Written by: Michiko Yokote
Character Designer: Atsushi Yamagata
Animation Production: ARECT

There’s a lot to look forward to in the months to come, what do you think of Netflix’s ambitious slate of anime projects?

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Armed with a PhD. in Musicology, Becky loves to spend their time watching movies and playing video games, and listening to the soundtracks of both whenever they have the time. Can usually be seen writing for Cinelinx though they also do a bit of work for Screen Age Wasteland too. Their favorite superheroes are Batwoman and Spider-Gwen.