Anime is, quite frankly, pretty darn huge these days and it has to be said that Netflix has had a large part to play in that. Over the years the streaming service has not only offered subscribers a selection of classic and modern anime films and series but has also been working with some of the biggest studios and artists to bring their own slate of anime Originals. Netflix are showing no signs of stopping anytime soon with over 25 brand new shows and films already announced as well as a number of new seasons for existing shows. With so much upcoming anime content it can be hard to remember what’s coming soon so we thought we would condense everything we know into this handy list.
We’ll start with the updates to existing series and then move on to the brand new projects. (Any dates correct at time of publishing – 26th April 2021)
New Seasons of Existing Anime Shows
Aggretsuko: Season 4
The feisty, heavy metal loving red panda has been a huge hit for Sanrio (the home of Hello Kitty) and Netflix and has already had 3 seasons and a Christmas special. Season 4 is ‘coming soon’ although we don’t have any specific date as of yet.
Castlevania: Season 4 (Coming 13th May, 2021)
Based on the classic video games, a vampire hunter fights to save a besieged city from an army of otherworldly beasts controlled by Dracula himself. The fourth and final season will arrive on May 13th.
DOTA: Dragon’s Blood: Book 2
A conflicted yet courageous Dragon Knight must use the power of the dragon within to stop a deadly demon in this epic fantasy based on the online game. Season, or rather Book, 2 has been confirmed but with no confirmed date.
Pacific Rim: The Black: Season 2
This anime spin-off from the mecha-based film series is set after Kaiju ravage Australia. There, two siblings pilot a Jaeger to search for their parents, encountering new creatures, seedy characters and chance allies. Season 2 has already been confirmed.
Ulltraman: Season 2
Back in 2019 a new version of Ultraman launched centered around a man possessing the spirit and DNA of the legendary hero “Ultraman” as he wears a metallic ultra suit and fights against evil. The series was renewed shortly after although it has been nearly two years since there has been any update.
Upcoming New Anime Shows
Army of The Dead: Lost Vegas
The prequel series to Zack Snyder’s “Army of The Dead” chronicles the origin story of Scott (Dave Bautista) and his rescue crew during the initial fall of Vegas as they confront the mysterious source of the zombie outbreak.
The story finally unfolds into a full-blooded clash between Baki Hanma and his father, Yujiro Hanma, who is known as the “strongest creature on earth.” The climax of the “Baki” universe, which depicted the “strongest parent-child brawl in history of the world” in the original manga, has been adapted into the long-awaited anime!
Keanu Reeve’s recent venture into comics, “BRZRKR”, is going to be made into both a live-action film starring Reeves as well as an animated spin-off series where Reeves will voice his character. The series follows an immortal warrior’s 80,000 year fight through the ages who ends up working for the U.S. government to fight the battles too violent and too dangerous for anyone else.
Castlevania – Untitled Spin-Off
Very little is known about this spin-off series but when “Castlevania” comes to an end after season 4, there will be a new series set in the same universe – but with a new set of characters and storylines.
CYBERPUNK: EDGERUNNERS (Coming 2022)
Based in the same world as CD Projekt Red’s video game “Cyberpunk 2077”, “Cyberpunk: EdgeRunners” is a standalone, 10-episode series. The series will tell the story about a street kid trying to survive in a technology and body modification-obsessed city of the future. Having everything to lose, he chooses to stay alive by becoming an edgerunner—a mercenary outlaw also known as a cyberpunk.
Eden (Coming 27th May, 2021)
Thousands of years in the future, a city known as “Eden 3” is inhabited solely by robots whose former masters vanished a long time ago. On a routine assignment, two farming robots accidentally awaken a human baby girl from stasis questioning all they were taught to believe — that humans were nothing more than a forbidden ancient myth. Together, the two robots secretly raise the child in a safe haven outside Eden.
Based on the Manga series, “EDENS ZERO” is set in Granbell Kingdom, an abandoned amusement park, where Shiki has lived his entire life among machines. But one day, Rebecca and her cat companion Happy appear at the park’s front gates. Little do these newcomers know that this is the first human contact Granbell has had in a hundred years! As Shiki stumbles his way into making new friends, his former neighbors stir at an opportunity for a robo-rebellion… And when his old homeland becomes too dangerous, Shiki must join Rebecca and Happy on their spaceship and escape into the boundless cosmos.
Godzilla Singular Point (Coming June, 2021)
Following the success of Godzilla anime films, “Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters”, “Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle” and “Godzilla: The Planet Eater”, this series will feature a brand new cast and original story.
Magic: The Gathering
Based on the card game of the same name, the Russo Brothers will be helming this series with an all new storyline to expand on the stories of the Planeswalkers: Magic’s unique magic-wielding heroes and villains as they contend with stakes larger than any one world can hold. The series will cross the genres of suspenseful thriller, horror, and drama with deeply developed characters the likes of which are not often seen in animation.
Record of Ragnarok
This adaptation from the Manga sees the gods, after 7 million years of human history, deciding that they are no longer worthy and should go extinct. However, the gods agree to hold the battle of Ragnarok, a tournament with 13 notable humans from across history against 13 of the most powerful gods engaging in duels to the death. Humanity will be spared if their side, armed with new magical weapons, achieves 7 victories in the competition.
RESIDENT EVIL: Infinite Darkness (Coming July, 2021)
Based on the popular series of Capcom video games, ” RESIDENT EVIL: Infinite Darkness” is a horror-action series centred around the stories of the two popular characters, Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield.
Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure
This production of the new series of Rilakkuma has been created in stop-motion animation following the success of “Rilakkuma and Kaoru.” The series depicts an active day of incidents and meetings that take place when Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, Kiiroitori, and Kaoru go play in an amusement park that is about to close.
This series follows shaman Yoh Asakura, a medium between the worlds of the living and the dead. Yoh seeks to become the Shaman King and gain the ability to reshape the world in any way he wishes. In order to do this, he must win the Shaman Fight, a battle held once every 500 years between competing shamans. The series will premiere on TV Tokyo in April 2021 and will arrive on Netflix at a later date to be confirmed.
This series will see a new chapter in Legendary’s Monsterverse franchise and is a thrilling animated adventure that follows shipwrecked characters desperate to escape the most dangerous place on Earth—a mysterious island home to prehistoric monsters, including the greatest titan of them all, Kong.
Based on the classic stealth shooter “Splinter Cell” by Ubisoft, this series will be written by “John Wick” writer “Derek Kolstad”. It is believed that 16 episodes, across two seasons, have been ordered by Netflix. “Splinter Cell” was first released in 2002 and has since had six sequel games as well as a number of novels based on the in-game storylines.
SPRIGGAN (Coming 2021)
A great civilization once existed on this Earth. Possessing knowledge and scientific prowess far exceeding that of modern man, the relics of this ancient civilization remain hidden across this world even now. As high-speed communications networks cover the globe and the peering eyes of satellites are able to expose all secrets, the armies of great nations clash as they seek to uncover and research these artifacts, which possess an unfathomable “power.” A member of this ancient civilization carved a message into a plate: “Protect our relics from evil-doers.” Taking this message to heart, one organization aims to seal away this ancient civilization for good. The elite secret agents of this organization are known as… Spriggans.
Based on legendary comic book writer Mark Millar’s book ‘Supercrooks’, this anime adaptation sees small-time crook Johnny Bolt recruiting the ultimate crew for one last heist — for real!
The Terminator – Untitled Series
Netflix recently announced that they are bringing a new anime series to life set in The Terminator universe. Mattson Tomlin (“Project Power”) will team up with the anime studio Production I.G to create the series. The terminator film series started in 1984 and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. Since then there have been five further films in the series – the most recent being 2019’s “Terminator: Dark Fate”.
Thermae Romae Novae
The very popular manga by Yamazaki Mari has been brought back to life in the present day in a new way (“Novae” means “new” in Latin). Based on the manga, new episodes created by Mari Yamazaki will also appear. Lucius, a bath designer in the Roman Empire, accidentally slips back in time to present day Japan and learns about Japanese bath culture in this comedy.
In “Tomb Raider” Lara Croft, one of the video game world’s most iconic adventurers, will make her anime debut in this all new series. Picking up after the events of the highly successful Tomb Raider video-game reboot trilogy, the animated series will chart the globetrotting heroine’s latest, greatest adventure.
Trese (Coming 2021)
Set in Manila where the mythical creatures of Philippine folklore live in hiding amongst humans, Alexandra Trese finds herself going head to head with a criminal underworld composed of malevolent supernatural beings.
Vampire in the Garden (Coming 2021)
Once upon a time, there was a world where vampires and humans lived together in “Paradise”. This is the story of a young girl, Momo, and the vampire queen, Fine, who traveled in search of “Paradise.” This is a completely new work by WIT STUDIO, well-known for “Attack on Titan” and talented creators.
The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf
This is actually a feature length film rather than a series, but the animation will expand The Witcher universe which ‘will take us back to a new threat facing the Continent’. Lauren Hissrich and Beau DeMayo, who worked on the live-action series for Netflix, will also be working on the animated version. It is unknown whether or not the cast will reprise their roles for the voice parts in the animated film.
Yasuke (Coming 29th April, 2021)
In a war-torn feudal Japan filled with mechs and magic, the greatest ronin never known, Yasuke, struggles to maintain a peaceful existence after a past life of violence. But when a local village becomes the center of social upheaval between warring daimyo, Yasuke must take up his sword and transport a mysterious child who is the target of dark forces and bloodthirsty warlords.The story of Yasuke, the first African samurai who actually served the legendary Oda Nobunaga, will be released to the world.
Live-Action Remakes of Anime Series
Based on the worldwide phenomenon from Sunrise Inc., “Cowboy Bebop” is the jazz-inspired, genre-bending story of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine and Radical Ed: a rag-tag crew of bounty hunters on the run from their pasts as they hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals. They’ll even save the world…for the right price. John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda and Alex Hassell will star in the 10-episode series.
This live-action series, overseen by the anime’s creator Eiichiro Oda himself, is a pirate adventure following Monkey D. Luffy as he searches the high seas for the legendary One Piece artefact and claim himself King of the Pirates. The series will consist of 10 episodes.