June was a monster month of anime for Netflix. The series finally gave a legal home to Hideaki Anno’s seminal work Neon Genesis Evangelion, while emotionally laden series like March Comes in Like a Lion and A Silent Voice also hit the platform. Those releases complemented an already deep anime catalog that keeps growing as the platform continues to invest in anime.
July and August were lighter months anime-wise, even with a handful of Netflix Original anime debuts. The biggest titles this time around are Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe’s musical comedy Carole & Tuesday and American director and cartoonist LaSean Thomas’ sci-fi western Cannon Busters. Also notable is Enter the Anime, Netflix’s own anime documentary that digs into the production of some of its own original series. Here’s the full rundown and schedule.
Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac
A Netflix reboot of a beloved franchise based off of Masami Kurumada’s manga of the same name, this new series dives into a current group of knights who bear extraordinary powers. The current team is sworn to protect the reincarnation of the goddess Athena, but along the way, they must fight Olympian gods hellbent on destroying mankind. There are currently six episodes of the series available on Netflix.
Kengan Ashura: Part 1
Adapted from Yabako Sandrovich’s manga series of the same name, Kengan Ashura digs into a hidden ring of gladiator matches that determine the fate of major businesses. Corporate bigwigs hire combatants to fight in unarmed, winner-takes-all matches. Fighter Tokita Ohma fights on behalf of business mogul Nogi Hideki after catching his eye. The first 12 episodes of the season are currently available for streaming, with the next set of episodes set to hit the platform in October.
Enter the Anime
A documentary about anime, Enter the Anime is Netflix’s foray into the cultural phenomenon that is anime. Host Tania Nolan digs into the production process, interviewing creators behind Netflix anime like Aggretsuko and Kengan Ashura.
Based off of LeSean Thomas’ comic book series of the same time, Cannon Busters has been long in the making. A KickStarter was launched in 2014; the series was originally slated for release on Netflix in 2017 was delayed. Taking place in a technologically advanced but Wild West reminiscent world, the series follows a friendship robot named S.A.M. in search of her best friend, the missing Prince Kelby. She enlists Casey Turnbuckle, a maintenance droid, and Philly the Kid, an immortal outlaw with a transforming pink Cadillac, on her quest. All 12 episodes of the series are available for streaming.
Hero Mask: Part II
Streaming Aug. 23
A detective series, Hero Mask follows James Blood, an officer working for the “Special Service of Crime” (SSC) division. After an attack on the police station by an enemy that should have been dead, James begins to investigate the LIVE Corporation, which may be involved in a conspiracy. The second season of the series brings clues to the investigation by way of a former LIVE scientist’s daughter, but James has to both keep her alive and keep the SSC’s new director at bay. The first season of the series is currently available to stream.
Carole & Tuesday
Streaming Aug. 30
The latest from Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe, Carole & Tuesday melds the director’s sci-fi proclivities with a musically-driven story. Taking place on a future, colonized Mars, the series focuses on two girls brought together by a mutual desire to write original music. There’s Carole, an orphan scraping by in the city with a series of gigs who takes her keyboard out to play in public. That’s how she meets Tuesday, the runaway daughter of a politician and a guitarist. With the help of a has-been manager and a hapless AI expert with music industry connections, the pair attempt to break into the Mars music scene. The first cour of the series (which aired during the Spring 2019 season in Japan) will reportedly be available on Aug. 30, with the second cour to hit the platform in the United States later on.