Netflix has had its fair share of flops and hits in the TV world, and recent years have encouraged the production of anime series. Whether it’s a comic book or video game adaptation, an original property, there are more than a handful of new TV series that will hopefully debut on the streaming giant in 2023.
8 – Yu Yu Hakusho (Live-Action)
With anime taking over the western world over the past decade, series like Hunter x Hunter or Attack on Titan have become pop culture mainstays for younger generations. Yu Yu Hakusho is from the same creator of Hunter x Hunter but lesser known in comparison. That said, this anime is still loved and critically acclaimed upon its release.
The anime centers on a teenager who dies and comes back to life only to work as a private detective, investigating the supernatural. Netflix is tackling its live-action anime formula once again, despite negative responses so far, and is committing to delivering a new version of Yu Yu Hakusho in 2023.
7 – Magic The Gathering
Everyone knows Magic: The Gathering as the popular playing card game that can be seen in every local game store around the world. In late 2021, Wizards of the Coast announced that the Netflix animated adaptation of Magic: The Gathering would be released in around the second half of 2022.
With no trailer or teaser, it’s likely the production ran into some difficulties that likely delayed it until 2023. The only known cast for the animated series is the Superman actor ( Brandon Routh) who would play the role of Gideon Jura, a planeswalker.
6 – Mech Cadets
Born from the mind of Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa, Mech Cadets is a Netflix anime series premiering in 2023 based on the series Mech Cadet Yu by studio BOOM! . In the near future, Earth is attacked by aliens and a young janitor must take on the role of Robo Mech pilot in order to stop the invasion.
Although the cast has not yet been revealed, the show has a TV-Y7 rating which indicates that this show is meant to serve as an analog to the Pacific Rim series for young children. BOOM! Studios is working with Polygon Pictures to bring this new adventure to audiences.
5 – Tomb Raider (Animation)
Video game adaptations in the world of television have been a medium where Netflix has invested heavily in recent years. Their next potential hit in this department is an official anime series based on Tomb Raider. Haley Atwell, known for her portrayal of Peggy Carter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will play the role of Lara Croft. The series is still in development, and the only official plot information is that Lara Croft will be exploring new territory.
Early Baylon will reprise his role as Jonah Maiava in the Tomb Raider video game trilogy. JOnah is cook and shipmate with Lara. The show also announced the casting of Allen Maldonado as Zip, the technical expert.
4 – Avatar: The Last Airbender (Live-Action)
The original creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender were initially committed to this project, but started out over creative differences. That said, the project seems to be in good hands, as the casting was focused on finding actors who fit the background of the various Native and Asian characters.
Each season would consist of eight episodes in total, each with an estimated budget of $15 million? Budget doesn’t equal quality, but this investment shows just how committed Netflix is to making the series work.
3 – The Brothers Sun
It’s very rare that audiences see a show that tries to balance action, comedy and drama in a meaningful way. The Brothers Sun is a show centered around that, and it features an all-Asian cast of characters.
Michelle Yeoh plays the mother (Eileen) of a Taipei mobster who returns home after the death of her father at the hands of an unknown assailant. Yeoh’s two sons will be played by Sam Song Li (Bruce Sun) and Justin Chien (Charles Sun). The series is currently filming, with an expected release date of 2023.
2 – One Piece (Live-Action)
Besides being one of the most beloved anime of all time, One Piece is often mocked for having over 1000 episodes. It’s a property that Netflix invested in the production of a live-action adaptation.
With a budget of 9-10 million dollars per episode, the streaming giant is counting on the success of this type of investment. The series had an extended marketing cycle: for example, the cast was introduced to the audience.
1 – The Fall of the House of Usher (Live-Action)
Netflix’s investment in writer/director Mike Flanagan has paid huge dividends for his two critically acclaimed horror series: The Haunting of Hill House and Midnight Mass. Flanagan’s next project is a miniseries titled The Fall of the House of Usher.
He’s been known to prefer actors he’s already developed a working relationship with, and that’s evident with the casting for this project. In addition to Flanagan stars like Henry Thomas, Rahul Kohli and Carla Gugino, the series will benefit from the talents of Mark Hamill and Willa Fitzgerald.
Source – Translation: Gamerant
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