Pacific Rim And Altered Carbon Anime Projects Coming From Netflix

Angelo Anderson
November 8, 2018

Things are bad out there, and sometimes it feels like the actual apocalypse could be knocking on our doorstep at any second.

Altered Carbon is available to stream on Netflix now.

On Wednesday night, Netflix announced a slew of new original anime projects, including a series set in the world of Pacific Rim.

With Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro took everything that was great about Saturday morning breakfast cartoons - Colourful robots! The global streaming giant is making a significant push to expand its original content operations in the Asia region.

Two of the titles are original series based on existing properties that honestly seem like they should have been animes in the first place.

After a successful season of live-action television, Netflix sci-fi hit Altered Carbon is getting the anime treatment. The cyberpunk setting and themes of lost identity are well-suited to anime - the medium helped define the former.

That leaves three other series: Cagaster of an Insect Sage, Yasuke, and Trese. That series will be helmed by Craig Kyle (Thor: Ragnarok co-writer) and Greg Johnson (X-Men: Evolution) and produced by Legendary Entertainment.

Per THR, the Pacific Rim anime will follow two siblings, an "idealistic teenage boy and his naïve younger sister", as they fight through a hostile environment in a Jaeger while attempting to search for their parents. Koigi "Last Exile" Chigira directs, with animation duties being handled by Hellsing studio Gonzo. 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.

Yasuke. In a war-torn feudal Japan of mechs and magic, 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 (Children of Ether, Cannon Busters, The Boondocks) is credited as creator, director, and executive producer for Yasuke, and Flying Lotus is composing the music and serving as executive producer.

Shifting ponds to Manila, Trese focuses on a tale of the Philippine underworld that is home to criminals and mythical beings who have infiltrated human society, as Alexandra Trese finds herself tangling with more malevolent creatures.

Netflix will have plenty of content to offer from or in-the-style-of Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, and South Korea, and as a Filipino-American myself, it's cool to see a project called Trese in the mix, which centers on Filipino folklore and is based off a Filipino graphic novel.

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