“Neo Yokio is the greatest city in the world. It is a diverse labyrinth of cultural and architectural innovation. Of course, whenever a city becomes the envy of the world, problems are bound to arise.”
Netflix has released the first trailer for their new six-episode anime series Neo Yokio. The series was created and written by Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend) along with writer and producer Nick Weidenfeld. The series also features a very interesting voice cast that includes Jaden Smith, Jude Law, Susan Sarandon, and Jason Schwartzman.
If Wes Anderson made an anime, this is how it might turn out. It has a slightly similar tone and vibe as his films do and then, of course, there's the addition of Jason Schwartzman. It looks like an interesting and fun anime about a young demon slayer. I'll watch it! Here's a description of the story:
Jaden Smith stars as lovesick Kaz Kaan, the youngest member of a family of “magistocrats” – pink-haired demon slayers who once liberated the city of Neo Yokio. Today, his demon-slaying is barely more than a side-hustle coordinated by his Aunt Agatha (Susan Sarandon) – Kaz himself would rather concern himself with shopping, field hockey and – of course – mending his broken heart.
Always by Kaz’s side are his faithful mecha-butler, Charles (Jude Law), and his inseparable friends Lexy and Gottlieb (The Kid Mero and Desus Nice) as he navigates the complexities of life in Neo Yokio and tries to stay one step ahead of his arch-rival, Neo Yokio’s number one most eligible bachelor, Arcangelo Corelli (Jason Schwartzman).
Things take a mysterious turn when Kaz is drawn into the turbulent world of ex-fashion blogger Helena St. Tessero (Tavi Gevinson), setting in motion a sequence of events that force him to question everything he knows about Neo Yokio.
The anime is a collaboration between Netflix and Japanese anime studios Production IG and Studio Deen, along with Seoul-based animation studio MOI.
All six episodes of Neo Yokio will launch globally on Friday, September 22nd on Netflix. Check out the trailer and let us know if it looks like a anime series you might enjoy,