At AnimeJapan 2023, Netflix showcased its diverse lineup of anime movies and shows, including the likes of Pluto, the upcoming anime that’s based on Naoki Urasawa’s iconic manga, as well as the new series Ōoku: The Inner Chambers which adapts the hit manga by Fumi Yoshinaga.
Specifically, four upcoming titles were highlighted in Japan’s recent anime event. Along with Pluto and Ooku, Netflix also showcased Yakitori: Soldiers of Misfortune, a new anime based on the military science fiction novel by Carlo Zen (of The Saga of Tanya the Evil fame), and Onmyoji which is an anime based the world of Baku Yumemakura’s well-known stories about the ancient yin-yang diviner Abe Seimei/
Here’s a quick rundown of the Netflix AnimeJapan 2023 highlights:
Ōoku: The Inner Chambers – Coming in 2023
Fumi Yoshinaga’s manga masterpiece Ōoku: The Inner Chambers will be adapted into an anime for the first time. Inspired by the Ōoku, the historic women’s quarters of the Edo Castle, this tale unravels the history of the inner chambers, where gender roles have been reversed. When a mysterious plague causes a rapid decline in the male population, the nation’s women are forced to take up the central roles of authority in Edo society. Curious as to why women take the names of men when succeeding the family line, Yoshimune, the eighth shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate, consults an archive of the Ōoku, which goes back to the age of the third Tokugawa shogun, Iemitsu. As she reads through it, Yoshimune begins to unravel the history of the inner chambers.
Yakitori: Soldiers of Misfortune – Coming in May 2023
This upcoming animated series is adapted from a brand-new military science fiction novel from Carlo Zen, who made his refreshing debut with The Saga of Tanya th eEvil. Akira Ihotsu is a young man who spends his days rebelling against an oppressive society on a future Earth, which is ruled and controlled by Shoren, the Pan-Star System Trade Federation. One day, he is scouted by Pupkin, a “cook” for Shoren, and volunteers to join the planetary orbital infantry force “Yakitori” — a brutal unit whose missions average a shocking death rate of 70%. Along with misfits from several other nations, Akira makes a stand against his pre-determined fate.
Onmyoji – Coming in 2023
In 1986, novelist Baku Yumemakura captured the imaginations of many with his story Onmyojiabout the ancient yin-yang diviner Abe Seimei. The supernatural mysteries focusing on this historical figure in the subsequent series have been told across many forms of media, including manga, live-action and theater performances, but this Netflix Series is the first time they will receive an anime adaptation. Based on the original work’s setting and with additional original episodes, this series brings forth yet-untold stories of the great onmyoji Abe Seimei and his partner Minamoto Hiromasa as they untangle strange cases surrounding humans and demons.
Pluto – Coming in 2023
Praised by many as a masterpiece, the manga PLUTO is based on Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy ‘The Greatest Robot on Earth’ arc from 1964 and created by Naoki Urasawa (20th Century Boys, Yawara!, Master Keaton) and his long-time co creator Takashi Nagasaki. The suspense drama takes place in a neo-futuristic world where humans and high-functioning robots live in complete harmony. The globally acclaimed manga has won numerous awards, including the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize. The 2015 stage adaptation of PLUTO returned in 2018 by popular demand and toured Japan and Europe.
Along with these four highlight titles, Netflix also put the spotlight on the rest of its upcoming anime releases this year. These include:
- ULTRAMAN FINAL Season – May 11
- Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard King – June 16
- The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburg Part 2 – August 2023
- Kengan Ashura Season 2 – September 2023
- BASTARD‼ -Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy-: Season 2 – Coming in 2023
- GAMERA -Rebirth- – Coming in 2023
- My Happy Marriage – Coming in 2023
- Akuma Kun – Coming in 2023
In related news, the one-hour Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 3 special was released earlier this month on Netflix in the Philippines and other selected regions.