5 Original Netflix Anime Adaptations Of Classic Franchises
Netflix is currently the number one streaming service in the world. So it was only a matter of time that they get into the Anime game.
There are many different Anime streamers out there, with Netflix being the most popular. Netflix’s model of entering the Anime world has been slow and steady. After distributing existing Anime, Netflix started working with Anime studios. They focused mostly on sequels or adaptations of already popular franchises.
So here are 5 original Netflix Anime adapted from other classic franchises.
Castlevania – From Video Game to Netflix Anime
Castlevania is an original Anime Netflix series. The story adapts the dark and gothic story of the game with great success.
Castlevania is a critically acclaimed video game from 1986. The game itself was an action-adventure based horror story with a lot of gothic vibes. The game had many sequels, follow-ups, and continuations. The franchise had sequels that were released from 1986 to 2012.
Castlevania tells the story of the infamous Count Dracula. The show begins with the death of his wife after being falsely accused of being a witch. To get his revenge, Dracula condemns the whole town. The hero of the story is a monster hunter who returns from the shadows to take on Dracula and his minions.
Castlevania was one of Netflix’s first steps into the Anime world. The production team behind Netflix’s Castlevania also featured many members of the Japanese Anime industry.
The show has 3 seasons, with Castlevania season 4 renewal confirmed, that are currently streaming on Netflix.
Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya
One of Netflix’s newest gets is a remake of a popular Manga and Anime series, Saint Seiya.
Saint Seiya was a highly popular Manga series in the 1980s. Its original animated series features over 100 episodes. The series is one of the biggest Anime sensations of the 80s. However, the original anime had many complications with the English dubbing and subtitling. This resulted in incomplete series arcs or heavily edited episodes which lost the tone of the original series. After years of development hell, Toei Animation finally decided to produce a remake exclusively for Netflix.
The new show is about Seiya, a young boy who magically transforms into a Knight of the Goddess Athena. Seiya then embarks on a journey to reunite the other Knights. The Knights’ need to continue their original mission to protect the reincarnation of Athena. While fighting forces that would seek to stop her. The Netflix series sees improved animation techniques with mostly CGI chosen over traditional 2-dimensional animation.
Knights Of The Zodiac: Saint Seiya is now streaming on Netflix.
Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters
Godzilla is one of the biggest and most iconic movie characters in history. Netflix adapted the character into an Anime for worldwide distribution on its service.
The three-part Anime Kaiju movie beginning with Godzilla: Planet Of The Monsters, provided a new take on the legendary creature. Godzilla is a giant dinosaur monster that has been around in cinematic history since the 1930s. The Japanese film production studio, Toho Co. Ltd. created Godzilla. Both Japanese and American media have heavily featured the creature.
Godzilla is a name recognizable to almost any casual or die-hard movie fan. The monster inspired a franchise spanning 30 official films with multiple Hollywood adaptations. Seeing how both Godzilla and Anime come from Japan, it was only a matter of time before the two concepts collided.
Planet Of The Monsters sees an Earth where Godzilla has taken over. Abandoned by humans, the movie takes play 20,000 years later as some humans return to attempt to recolonize Earth, only to find that’s there a lot more waiting for them than they realize.
Japan saw the theatrical release of Godzilla: Planet Of The Monsters. Netflix distributed the movie and it’s two sequels worldwide. All three Godzilla movies, including Godzilla: City On The Edge Of Battle and Godzilla: Planet Eater are all available on Netflix.
Ultraman – One of the First Superhero Anime from Japan Now on Netflix
Ultraman is one of Anime’s oldest and best superheroes. Netflix has adapted the character into a new anime series.
Ultraman is a massive multi-Billion dollar Manga and Anime property from 1966. The series has multiple TV shows, films, games, and an entire multimedia franchise. It’s one of very few anime that has been steadily successful from the day it began to today. It’s also the inspiration for many modern-day and classic Western properties.
The story sees an alien being that combines with a human to become a champion against other evil aliens. The different versions of the character, tell different origin stories. However, the look and powers remain very much similar. In many ways, Ultraman was one of the first superheroes in Japanese Anime. He even helped form an entire genre of giant superheroes or robots battling it out.
The Netflix series is based on a 2011 Manga of Ultraman. The story is a direct sequel to the original series from 1966. It tells the story of a young boy who discovers the powers of Ultraman. Taking the role of Ultraman himself, the story sees a legacy setting as a new Ultraman protects Earth from aliens.
The animation of the Netflix Ultraman is based on computer-generated graphics. It’s a new style of anime that is fast becoming popular.
Season 1 of Ultraman is now streaming on Netflix with Season 2 already in production.
7 Seeds is a popular Manga volume made as an Anime for Netflix.
7 Seeds is a post-apocalyptic thriller Anime. The story takes place after the Earth is hit by a meteorite, forcing a new species to evolve. Groups of humans remain in Cryogenic status, waiting to be awakened to repopulate the Earth when conditions improve. The new groups of humans need to rebuild Earth and somehow survive.
The original Manga was very successful and became one of the best selling Mangas in Japan and one of the most consistent of all time.
Season 1 of 7 Seeds is now streaming on Netflix.
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