Netflix has been no stranger to anime over the years, but their next anime Eden is something different.
For starters, this is the first original anime they’ve ever made. Previously, they released anime that had already been released in Japan for quite some time, like A punch Where The attack of the Titans; or they had original programming in the style of the anime, 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 into 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 cryogenized. You know what happens next, of course: the older Sara gets, the harder it is to keep her secret, and ultimately the robots controlling Eden 3 want her to be wiped out before she learns more about the world.
Originally slated for 2020, the show will now make its international debut 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 wrong lot, and Netflix Arcadia series.
Eden is just one of 40 original anime titles that Netflix plans to release throughout 2021. Pacific Rim: black published earlier this month, and DOTA: Dragon Blood released its entire first season this weekend. Upcoming titles include Yasuke, based on the first African samurai and starring Lakeith Stanfield; Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, based on popular games; and the animated adaptation of The Way of the Home Husband. The returning anime will come in the form of second seasons for The beasts and Ultraman, to name a few. In Netflix’s words, all of this anime will help the company’s plans to “diversify their line of original anime content by working both in Japan and overseas.”