Check out Eden, Netflix’s first Japanese anime released in May

netflix has been no stranger to anime over the years, but their next anime Eden is something different.

For starters, it’s the first original anime they’ve ever done. Previously, they streamed anime which has already been streamed in Japan for quite some time, like A punch Where The attack of the Titans; or they had original anime-style programming, like Castlevania and Voltron.

Eden is all Netflix, and comes from the mind of Yasuhiro Irie, who you might know as the director of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. (He will also direct the full four-episode series). Our story here is set thousands of years in the future, as robots have replaced humans for so long that sacks of meat are considered a myth. Located in the city of Eden 3, a pair of maintenance robots named A37 and E92 find a human baby named Sara who has been cryogenically frozen. You know what happens next, of course: the older Sara gets, the harder it is to keep her secret, and eventually the robots controlling Eden 3 want her eliminated before she learns more about the world.

Originally slated for 2020, the show will now debut internationally on May 27, revealed with a trailer during their panel at the AnimeJapan virtual event. Animation courtesy of CGCG, whose previous work includes star wars cartoons, including the upcoming series The bad lot, and those of Netflix Arcadia series.

Eden is just one of 40 original anime titles that Netflix plans to release throughout 2021. Pacific Rim: The Black published earlier in the month, and DOTA: Dragon’s Blood released its entire first season this weekend. Upcoming titles include Yasuke, based on the first African samurai and featuring Lakeith Stanfield; Rresident evil: Infinite Darkness, based on popular games; and the animated adaptation of The Way of the Husband at Home. The returning anime will come in the form of second seasons for Beastars and Ultraman, to name a few. In Netflix wordsall of this anime will help the company “diversify its lineup of original anime content by working both in Japan and overseas.”

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