Netflix Announces Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045

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Netflix continued its onslaught of classic anime properties with the announcement that a new Ghost in the Shell anime would hit the streaming service in 2020. Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 is directed by Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex).

With that team in mind, the series should be in good hands. Though, we have no other details outside of the creative team, and the above image.

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Blade Runner Anime Series On The Way

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The Hollywood Reporter has word that [adult swim] has partnered with the Alcon Television Group and anime streaming service Crunchyroll to produce Blade Runner: Black Lotus, a 13-episode series inspired by Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic film.

Animation studio Sola Digital Arts will produce the series, with Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) directing all episodes. Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) will service as a creative producer.

Netflix Announces Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Series

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Continuing the crazy string of announcements by the streaming service, Netflix has announced that a live-action Cowboy Bebop series is in development for the platform. Little is known about the series currently, outside of original Cowboy Bebop creator, Shinichiro Watanabe, serving as a consultant for the series. Additionally, Christopher Yost (Thor: Ragnarok) will pen the pilot episode.

This is certainly one of the more ill-advised announcements in recent memory for the service, who seems to be grasping at every property it can get its hands on, at this point. We’ll see if they’re able to do the series justice, when it debuts.

Netflix Unveils Spring Anime Slate

After the incredible success that was Devilman Crybaby, Netflix took to the Akiba Theater in Tokyo, announcing plans for several new and classic anime being added to the service across Spring 2019. The announcement of Neon Genesis Evangelion being added to the service was an especially fantastic treat.

On top of the trailer for Neon Genesis Evangeion (seen above), it was revealed that Evangelion: Death True and The End of Evangelion will also be launching on Netflix. we were also shown trailers for Ultraman, and Rilakkuma and Kaoru, as well as premiere dates for 7SEEDS and Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac. Hit the jump for a look at the others.

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Final Alita: Battle Angel Trailer Drops

20th Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment have released the final full trailer for the upcoming Alita: Battle Angel, giving us plenty of new footage, and a better idea of the story for the film. The new trailer even boasts much more refined visual effects, and our first looks at Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), and Jennifer Connelly (Labyrinth).

This is certainly an improvement from previous trailers, with better visuals, action, performances, and just general choice of scenes. Alita: Battle Angel hits theaters on February 14th, 2019.

Pacific Rim Anime In The Works With Netflix

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Netflix has revealed, as parts of its commitment to working with creatives across Asia, a new slate of impressive anime titles based on popular properties, including Pacific Rim, and Altered Carbon. The Pacific Rim anime will be helmed by Craig Kyle (Thor: Ragnarok) and Greg Johnson (X-Men: Evolution) for Legacy Entertainment Productions. Even more impressively, the Altered Carbon anime is being written by Dai Sato (Cowboy Bebop) and Tsukasa Kondo.

Netflix has promised more information, as well as additional titles, in 2019.

Hollywood Reboot of Attack on Titan On The Way

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According to The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, Andy Muschietti (It), will be at the helm of a reboot of mega-popular anime, Attack on Titan, for Warner Bros. Producers David Heyman, Masi Oka and Barbara Muschietti are all attached to the project, which is currently in search of a writer.

Japan has already tried their hand at two live-action Attack on Titan films, but they hit just before the resurgence of fantastic anime films, such as Fullmetal Alchemist and Bleach.

Legendary Producing Live-Action My Hero Academia

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Deadline is reporting that Legendary Pictures has begun developing a live-action adaptation of Kohei Horikoshi’s manga turned anime franchise, My Hero Academia, for the big screen. The anime and manga have lit the world on fire, rising up from the ashes of Bleach and Naruto to become the golden boy of otaku’s worldwide. My Hero Academia follows an elite class of teens training to become the next group of top-tier superheroes in a a world where 80 percent of the population is born with powers known as “Quirks.”

Legendary is currently working on a live-action Detective Pikachu adaptation, and currently also has a live-action Gundam film in development, as well.

A New Medabots Game in the Works?

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It’s been quite a while since Medabots has seen any kind of love, particularly a new game. But, if the latest issue of Famitsu is to be believed, the series may be making a comeback. The very first Medabots game released in 1997 for the Game Boy Color, and to mark the series’ anniversary, November 28th is now being dubbed Medabots Day.

“Medabots Classics was released as the series’ 20th anniversary title in December 2017, however, it’d be sad for us to let it end like this. So that doesn’t happen, we’re thinking about different things. We’re working on all kinds of arrangements to maybe announce something for the 20th anniversary on November 28 that is Medabots Day,” according to Famitsu.

New Godzilla: Planet Eater Poster Debuts

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The Official Twitter account for the Toho produced Godzilla anime series on Netflix has debuted a new poster for the upcoming Godzilla: Planet Eater, set to debut this November in Japan. Currently no release date is set for North America, but trends have it most likely in March 2019.

The poster gives us our first full look at Ghidorah in the series, doing battle with the plant-based behemoth, Godzilla. Hit the jump for a look at the full poster.

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Website for New Patlabor Debuts

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The official website for an all-new Patlabor series has debuted online, and while it doesn’t give us much in the way of details, we do get a small synopsis, and some fantastic official artwork.

With the rapidly accelerating development of hyper-technology, a humanoid-type machine called “LABOR” is being used in every field of industry. However, it has created the new social menace of “LABOR” crime. In order to curb such crimes from happening one after another, the Metropolitan Police Department has established a special department. the “Special Vehicle Section No.2”. It consists of company of patrol “LABOR” known as PATLABOR.

First Look at New City Hunter Anime Movie

City Hunter is an iconic staple of anime, having seen plenty of various incarnations, including a live-action Korean film, and a version starring Jackie Chan. Now, it’s getting another refresh in the form of a fresh anime film, with the original voice cast returning. The original manga debuted in 1985, and stars main character Ryo, who attempts to chase down criminals while interacting with dangerous and beautiful women, a la James Bond.

City Hunter opens in Japan on February 8th, 2019.

First Trailer for Godzilla: Planet Eater Debuts

Netflix and Polygon Pictures have debuted the first trailer for the final film in the Godzilla animated trilogy, Godzilla: Planet Eater, which introduces us to a reimagined King Ghidorah in this alternate universe.

The trailer doesn’t give us much new footage, but it does provide with our first listen at Ghidorah’s roar, which is based heavily on the Heisei era of the giant monster. The cast of the first two films will be returning for the final film, which hits Netflix in Japan on November 9th. No release date has been confirmed in North America, yet.

New Trailer for Alita: Battle Angel Revealed

Dropping surprisingly after SDCC, 20th Century Fox has released a brand new trailer for their upcoming manga film adaptation, Alita: Battle Angel. The new trailer gives us a much better idea of what to expect from the film, with more polished visuals, plot points, and plenty of gorgeous action.

Directed by Robert Rodriguez, the December 21st release features a screenplay by James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis and Rodriguez.

Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Gets a Release Date

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After becoming increasingly busy with Shin Godzilla, Neon Genesis Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno was forced to put the finale to his fabled Evangelion series on hold, but he’s now back on track, and the fourth and final film, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 is set for release in 2020.

Little is known about the film, though a short teaser is now showing before movies in theaters in Japan announcing the release.