Terminator Anime Unveils T-800 in Gripping Teaser
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Exploring The Future: The Terminator Anime Unveils T-800 In Gripping Teaser

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BY November 13, 2023

Prepare for the return of The Terminator in an animated adaptation set to grace Netflix in an upcoming anime series. In the spotlight of the Geeked Week promotion, Netflix and Skydance unveiled their unique take on the sci-fi franchise envisioned initially by James Cameron. Thus showcasing the inaugural teaser for the Terminator anime.

The specific details about the newly christened Terminator anime remain under wraps. Nevertheless, it appears to unfold just before the ominous Judgment Day portrayed in the original films. Precisely on August 29, 1997. The teaser ominously forewarns that “Everything changes” on this significant date.

Upon its announcement in 2021, showrunner and executive producer Mattson Tomlin pledged a bold approach to the Terminator narrative. Tomlin promised a departure from conventions, the subversion of expectations, and an infusion of genuine audacity. His creative portfolio includes narrative contributions to Matt Reeves’ The Batman (and its sequel), Netflix’s Project Power, and the upcoming Mega Man film planned by Capcom.

Exploring the Future: The Terminator Anime Unveils T-800 in Gripping Teaser

Netflix unveiled the first teaser for its upcoming Terminator anime series during Geeked Week 2023. It featured the ominous warning, “There is no fate.” The teaser hints at a pivotal moment: “August 30, 1997… In two days… Everything changes.”

The trailer did not include footage from the Terminator anime. However, Terri Schwartz, from Netflix and affiliated with IGN, shared more insight into the series.

“In August 1997, a computer scientist named Malcom Lee works tirelessly from his Tokyo lab to launch an artificial intelligence program that he believes will save the world,” Schwartz explains. “When the course of the future changes from the past, a ruthless assassin is sent back in time to murder Malcom and his three children in order to secure his future dominion over humanity. The assassin is followed through time by a lone soldier who will do anything to keep Malcolm and his family alive in order to prove, once and for all, that there is no such thing as fate.”

Terminator 2: Judgment Day discloses that on August 30, 1997, Skynet becomes self-aware. It breaks free from its human creators. Unfortunately for us, this triggers a war between humans and machines, giving rise to the Terminator franchise.

It appears that this series will delve into the narrative of the days leading up to Skynet’s dominance and the efforts to prevent the catastrophic events we already know will unfold.

The announcement of this Terminator anime series occurred in August 2021. Netflix was confirmed as the producer, and Mattson Tomlin, co-writer of The Batman, took on the role of showrunner. Furthermore, Production I.G. would handle the production. They are the Japanese anime studio responsible for Ghost in the Shell Arise, Psycho-Pass, FLCL, and more. The latest update confirms that Skydance will be in charge of executive production.

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