Today was all about animation at Netflix’s Geeked Week.
Perhaps the rumors of Netlix Animation’s demise were premature. There is no arguing that the streamer has taken a few knocks this year and dropped some high-profile animation projects, but today Netflix shared a ton of new clips, behind-the-scenes footage, first-look stills, concept art, and more from its upcoming animation slate.
Below, we break down the upcoming projects teased during day three of Geeked Week, the streamer’s online event for fans dedicated to its genre productions.
- Netflix has dropped the first ever teaser-trailer for the upcoming anime series Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, produced by Polish game studio CD Projekt Red (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Cyberpunk 2077) and animation house Studio Trigger, the studio behind anime classics including Promare, Little Witch Academia, and Kill La Kill. Hiroyuki Imaishi (Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill, Promare) directs the show and Yoh Yoshinari (Little Witch Academia, BNA: Brand New Animal) is chief character designer as well as executive animation director. Masahiko Otsuka (Star Wars: Visions ‘The Elder’) and Yoshiki Usa (Gridman Universe) are writing the screenplay based on a story provided by CD Project Red. The original score is composed by Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill).
- The show is a standalone, 10-episode story about a street kid trying to survive in Night City. With plenty to lose, he chooses to stay alive by becoming an edgerunner — a mercenary outlaw also known as a cyberpunk.
- Netflix also shared a clip from the show in which a group of decked-out good guys are making a deal with the barely human Maelstrom gang.
- Cyberpunk: Edgerunners will launch on Netflix worldwide in September.
- The musical series is based on the upcoming album of the same name by musician and actor Scott Mescudi, better known as Kid Cudi, and executive produced by Cudi and Black-ish creator Kenya Barris. Cudi also wrote the series with Ian Edelman (How to Make it in America).
- Netflix premiered the show’s trailer today, seen below.
Arcane: Bridging the Rift
- Fans of the League of Legends inspired series Arcane will have to wait a while for the show’s second season. No release date has been announced, but we know it won’t be this year. So, to tide them over, Netflix announced Arcane: Bridging the Rift, a behind-the-scenes look at the game-to-series adaptation which is coming soon to Riot Games’ Youtube channel.
- Netflix is also adding Arcane profile icons to its account settings, seen below.
- Farzar is a new sci-fi comedy series from Roger Black and Waco O’Guin, creators of Paradise PD and Brickleberry. At Geeked Week, Netflix shared the show’s first trailer, seen below.
Love, Death + Robots
- The streamer shared a behind-the-scenes look at the recently launched third season of their popular sci-fi anthology series Love, Death + Robots. A five-and-a-half minute video featuring Academy Award-winning Spanish filmmaker Alberto Mielgo (The Windshield Wiper) discussing his episode Jibaro.
Uncle From Another World
- Based on the popular Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hotondoshindeiru, Uncle From Another World hits Netflix next month. Ahead of the show’s premiere, the streamer shared 10 first-look images, seen below.
- Netflix share a new first-look image for the upcoming adaptation of Skull Island, seen below. The show is produced by Legendary Television, with animation by Powerhouse Animation (Castlevania, Blood of Zeus) and executive produced by series writer Brian Duffield (Underwater, The Babysitter) and Jacob Robinson, under his company Tractor Pants.
Masters of the Universe: Revolution
- Netflix revealed a new poster for its new He-Man series Masters of the Universe: Revolution, an all-new story that pits “technology versus magic as He-Man and the heroic warriors face the forces of Skeletor and a deadly threat to the Planet.” The series is produced by Mattel Television with animation by Powerhouse Animation. Executive producers are Kevin Smith, Rob David, Ted Biaselli, Christopher Keenan, and Frederic Soulie.
- Announced at last year’s Geeked Week, anime series Exception got its own batch of first look images.
Other new series and renewals of existing shows were also announced:
- A second season of Inside Job (sneak peek below).
- Season four of The Dragon Prince, which will be the start of the next phase of the saga – Mystery of Aaravos.
- The next installment of the Seven Deadly Sins franchise “The Grudge of Edinburgh” will debut in December.
- Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre will debut on Netflix in 2023.