Netflix’s 2019 Anime Highlights Slate Revealed

Netflix have announced their anime highlights slate for next year during the Anime Lineup Presentation event at Akiba Theatre in Tokyo and it’s looking like a great time to be a subscriber. The highlights include an all-new original anime ‘7SEEDS’, new look at upcoming seriesSaint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac’, the always cute Rilakkuma and his friends in their own series‘Rilakkuma & Kaoru’, and ‘Ultraman’. Beside these titles Netflix will also host the exclusive worldwide streaming debut of‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’– finally!

Below are some details about the announced titles announced and presented by Netflix at the lineup event in Tokyo

Rilakkuma and Kaoru

Global Launch: April 19, 2019

When a woman in her thirties begins sharing her apartment with a soft toy bear that has decided to take up residence there, she finds that the secret to life is sometimes as simple as relaxing. One of the most popular characters in Japan comes to life in this stop-motion animation series.

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION

Global Streaming Debut: Spring 2019

A.D. 2015. Tokyo 3 is under attack by powerful creatures known as the Angels. The protagonist, Shinji Ikari, is chosen to pilot the Humanoid Decisive Weapon Evangelion — the only way for humanity to fight against the Angels. The battle for the fate of​ ​humanity starts now. What exactly are the Angels? What fate awaits the young pilots and humanity itself?
Besides this,‘Evangelion: Death True’ and ‘The End of Evangelion’ will also be launching on Netflix.

SAINT SEIYA: Knights of the Zodiac

Global Launch: Summer 2019


‘Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac’
follows modern-day adventures of young warriors called “Knights”, who are sworn protectors of the reincarnated Greek goddess Athena. Each Knight wears a powerful armor based on their chosen zodiac constellation, and are called Knights of the Zodiac. They aid Athena in her battle against powerful Olympian gods who are bent on destroying the humankind.

7SEEDS

Global Launch: April 2019

In the immediate future, a giant meteorite has collided with earth. All living organisms, including mankind, have been wiped off the face of the planet. The government, who had foreseen this outcome, took measures to counter the worst-case scenario called Project 7SEEDS, in which five sets of seven young men and women were carefully selected and placed into teams. Each participant sought ways to survive on a deserted island.

ULTRAMAN

Global Launch: April 1, 2019

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.

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Animation Editor. English Literature student and dog enthusiast. Favourite directors are Spike Jonze, David Lynch, Wes Anderson, and Paul Thomas Anderson.

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