Monday, July 3, 2023

Netflix celebrates Japanese content slate at Anime Expo 2023

Returning to Anime Expo, North America's biggest fan event for all things Japanese pop culture, Netflix showcased their diverse slate of upcoming anime and live action adaptations, including fan-favorites like PLUTO or BEASTARS FINAL SEASON as well as news and talent appearances for the highly anticipated stop motion series Pokémon Concierge, live action adaptations: Bucket list of the Dead and ONE PIECE.

Hosting the ‘From Japan to the World’ J-Content presentation in front of over 3,000 fans at the Main Events Stage, the panel featured the newly announced Pokémon Concierge (December, 2023) series star Non, who will voice the lead character Haru in the Japanese version, and who delighted fans with a behind the scenes look at the upcoming series and newly presented teaser art. The story about Haru’s adventures at the Pokémon Resort will join an ever-expanding slate of J-Content. This includes previously announced titles like BEASTARS FINAL SEASON (Coming Soon), whose main character Legoshi surprised fans onstage with a first look at some of the character designs for the upcoming and final season.

Netflix also gave fans and press a new glimpse at upcoming project PLUTO (October 26, 2023), an anime adaptation of the legendary manga of the same name by Naoki Urasawa. Coming all the way from Tokyo, anime legend Masao Maruyama excited fans with insights into his decade-spanning career in the industry and what makes the upcoming PLUTO project so special, before presenting a brand-new teaser trailer for the series.

Fans also heard from the stars of upcoming zombie-comedy flick Zom 100: Bucket list of the Dead (August 3, 2023), with co-creator of the original manga Kotaro Takata and lead-actor Eiji Akaso presenting the first teaser trailer, while joking about 100 things they’d do before the zombie apocalypse would take over.

Before wrapping up the panel, fans were additionally treated to a special video message by the cast of the highly-anticipated ONE PIECE live action series (August 31, 2023), in which series lead Iñaki Godoy took viewers to a special meeting with legendary voice actor Mayumi Tanaka, revealing that the original voice cast of the long-running anime series will reprise their roles for the Japanese dub of the upcoming series.

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