Netflix Animé Festival debuts new key art from 'Trese', adds 5 projects


Alexandra Trese is looking better these days as the usual black-and-white supernatural detective now enjoys a splash of color in her upcoming Netflix animated series, "Trese".

The streaming giant debuted today two key art from the highly-anticipated show in Netflix Anime Festival 2020 held today in Tokyo, Japan.

Set in Manila where the mythical creatures of Philippine folklore live in hiding amongst humans, Alexandra Trese finds herself going head to head with a criminal underworld composed of malevolent supernatural beings. 

The animé series is based on the comic book created by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo. Produced by BASE Entertainment, Trese will stream in 2021.

Trese looking at Metro Manila cityscape

Trese wielding a Sinag—a Kris-like blade

5 New Animé Projects

Netflix announced five new anime projects out of global fan livestream event Netflix Anime Festival 2020, bolstering its anime programming loved around the world. The five newly announced projects - Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure, Thermae Romae Novae, High-Rise Invasion, Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan and The Way of the Househusband - each add to the diverse and never-before-seen catalog of stories straight from Netflix's creative home in Japan.

Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure

The production of the new series of Rilakkuma has been produced in stop-motion animation following the success of “Rilakkuma and Kaoru.” The series depicts an active day of incidents and meetings that take place when Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, Kiiroitori, and Kaoru go play in an amusement park that is about to close. 

Director: Masahito Kobayashi, dwarf.
Written by Takashi Sumita & Makoto Ueda, Europe Kikaku.
Animation Production: dwarf studios, TYO Inc.
Production: San-X Co.,Ltd.
Cast: Mikako Tabe (Kaoru)

Thermae Romae Novae 

Special Illustration by Mari Yamazaki

The very popular manga by Yamazaki Mari has been brought back to life in the present day in a new way (“Novae” means “new” in Latin). Based on the manga, new episodes created by Mari Yamazaki will also appear. Lucius, a bath designer in the Roman Empire, accidentally slips back in time to present-day Japan and learns about Japanese bath culture in this comedy. 

Original manga: Mari Yamazaki
Animation Production: NAZ

High-Rise Invasion

Based on the manga by Miura Tsuina (Ajin) and Takahiro Oba (Box!), this is an unpredictable and frightening survival story set in high-rise buildings that don’t reach the ground. The protagonist, Yuri, decides to survive in order to destroy this illogical world and kill the enemy wearing the "mask", but what will she do? 

Original story: Tsuina Miura
Manga: Takahiro Oba
Director: Masahiro Takata
Series Composition: Toko Machida
Character Design, Animation Director: Yoichi Ueda
Music: tatsuo, Yoichi Sakai
Animation Production: ZERO-G
Cast: Haruka Shiraishi, Shiki Aoki, Akira Sekine, Junya Enoki, Yuichiro Umehara.
Coming Soon 2021

Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan

This series consists of four strange episodes that Kishibe Rohan, the manga artist from "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable," saw and heard in a destination he visited to collect material for the manga. 

Based on a story by Hirohiko Araki, Shueisha Jump Comics
Director: Toshiyuki Kato
Character Designer: Shunichi Ishimoto
Animation Production: david production
Cast: Takahiro Sakurai.
Coming Soon 2021

The Way of the Househusband

The most evil yakuza, Tatsu, is a legend in the underworld. He chose to walk away from the yakuza to become a full-time househusband! 

Based on a story by Kosuke Oono.
Director: Chiaki Kon (Nodame Cantabile, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal the Movie)
Series Composition: Susumu Yamakawa
Production Studio: J.C.STAFF
Cast: Kenjiro Tsuda
Coming Soon 2021

Apart from Trese, Netflix also updated fans on the other 10 upcoming anime titles previously announced.

EDEN  -- Cast Announcement; Teaser Trailer 

A completely new story from director Irie Yasuhiro and the creators of the world, this sci-fi fantasy follows Sarah, a girl raised by two robots, as she confronts the world. 

Director: Yasuhiro Irie
Character Design: Toshihiro Kawamoto
Writer: Kimiko Ueno
Concept Design: Christophe Ferreira
Background art director: Clover Xie
Music: Kevin Penkin
Producer: Justin Leach
Animation Production: Qubic Pictures and CGCG
Cast: Marika Kono, Kentaro Ito, Kyoko Hikami, Koichi Yamadera
Coming May 2021

RESIDENT EVIL: Infinite Darkness

Known as the gold standard of survival horror games with over 100 million units from the game series shipped worldwide, “Resident Evil” has now been transformed into a Netflix original CG anime series. Three years after 2017's CG film “Resident Evil: Vendetta,” technology has further evolved, creating the groundwork for a new series in unprecedented full 3DCG animation. 

Original Work/Production/Supervision: Capcom Co., Ltd.
Full 3DCG animation production: Quebico
Production: TMS Entertainment
Coming 2021

Vampire in the Garden

Once upon a time, there was a world where vampires and humans lived together in "Paradise". This is the story of a young girl, Momo, and the vampire queen, Fine, who traveled in search of "Paradise." This is a completely new work by WIT STUDIO, well-known for "Attack on Titan" and talented creators. 

Director: Ryotaro Makihara
Assistant Director: Hiroyuki Tanaka
Character Design & Animation Director: Tetsuya Nishio
Art director: Shunichiro Yoshihara
Animation Production: WIT STUDIO
Coming 2021


In a war-torn feudal Japan filled with mechs and magic, the greatest ronin never known, Yasuke, struggles to maintain a peaceful existence after a past life of violence. But when a local village becomes the center of social upheaval between warring daimyo, Yasuke must take up his sword and transport a mysterious child who is the target of dark forces and bloodthirsty warlords. The story of Yasuke, the first African samurai who actually served the legendary Oda Nobunaga, will be released to the world. 

Director, Creator, Executive producer: LeSean Thomas
Character Design: Takeshi Koike
Music and Executive Producer: Flying Lotus
Animation Production: MAPPA
Cast: Lakieth Stanfield
Coming Soon 2021

Godzilla Singular Point

This series features a brand new staff and an original story which depicts the young geniuses Mei Kamino, a female researcher, and Yun Arikawa, a male engineer, as they take on an unprecedented threat with their companions. 

Director: Atsushi Takahashi
Series composition & Writer: Toh Enjoe
Character design: Kazue Kato
Kaiju design: Eiji Yamamori
Music: Kan Sawada
Animation Production: bones, Orange
Coming 2021

Pacific Rim: The Black

There was a time when Kaiju rose from the Pacific Rim only to encounter gigantic robots, Jaegers, built to fight them back. That time has passed. Now, Australia has been overrun by Kaiju, forcing the evacuation of an entire continent. Left behind, teenage siblings Taylor and Hayley embark on a desperate search for their missing parents, teaching themselves to pilot a battered, long-abandoned Jaeger to help in their quest and give them even the slightest hope of surviving. 

Co-showrunners: Craig Kyle and Greg Johnson
Production Company: Legendary Entertainment
Animation Production: Polygon Pictures
Coming Soon 2021

Transformers: War for the Cybertron Trilogy

The WAR FOR CYBERTRON continues with the second chapter, EARTHRISE! With the Allspark gone, Megatron is forced to confront the harsh reality that his Decepticons are trapped on a dying Cybertron while also fighting off the persistent threat of Elita-1 and her Autobots. Meanwhile, lost in the darkest reaches of space, Optimus Prime and his team embark on a desperate mission that will push them to the breaking point as they travel to uncharted new worlds to face spacefaring mercenaries, enigmatic figures from long ago and even their own creators…the Quintessons. 

Creator: F.J. DeSanto, Matt Murray
Production Company: Hasbro, Rooster Teeth
Animation Production: Polygon Pictures
Coming Soon

B: The Beginning Succession 

After Keith and Koku solved the incidents successfully, the world has regained its composure. In the months since then, Keith returns to the RIS to conduct his own investigation, and Koku is living a peaceful life with Yuna. They are visited by Kirisame, who was once supposed to have broken up with Kurou in death at the Faura Blanca Institute… 

Original: Kazuto Nakazawa, Production I.G.
Supervising Director: Kazuto Nakazawa
Director: Itsuro Kawasaki
Series Composition: Kazuto Nakazawa, Katsunari Ishida
Character Design: Kazuto Nakazawa, Akane Yano, Hideoki Kusama
Animation Production: Production I.G.
Cast: Yuki Kaji, Hiroaki Hirata, Asami Seto, Satomi Sato.
Coming Soon 2021

Baki Hanma

Special Illustration by Keisuke Itagaki

The story finally unfolds into a full-blooded clash between Baki Hanma and his father, Yujiro Hanma, who is known as the "strongest creature on earth." The climax of the Baki universe, which depicted the "strongest parent-child brawl in the history of the world" in the original manga, has been adapted into the long-awaited anime! 

Original manga: Keisuke Itagaki
Animation Production: TMS Entertainment
Cast: Nobunaga Shimazaki
Coming 2021


The legendary manga that took the world by storm in the 1990s has been vividly brought to this animated series by utilizing 2D drawings and 3DCG. The legacy of an outstanding civilization that once existed on this planet is said to still be hidden in various parts of the world. The military of major powers has intervened in the excavation and research of this mysterious and powerful heritage and has begun battling over it. At the same time, an organization called “Spriggan” is working to seal up this ancient civilization. This is a high-speed action series featuring battles over ancient relics! 

Based on a story by Hiroshi Takashige and Ryoji Minagawa, Shogakukan
Director: Hiroshi Kobayashi
Series Composition and writer: Hiroshi Seko
Character Design: Shuhei Handa
Animation Production: david production.
Coming 2021

Anime has successfully cut through various content categories on Netflix. In the past year, over 100 million households around the world chose to watch at least one anime title on Netflix (Oct 2019 - Sept 2020), growing by 50% year-over-year. Anime titles appeared in the Top 10 list in almost 100 countries this year so far.

Additionally, shows such as Seven Deadly Sins and BAKI proved great stories resonate with fans globally. Seven Deadly Sins became one of the Top 10 titles among all series and films in over 70 countries since its launch, and Baki in almost 50 countries.

“In just four short years since launching our creative team in Tokyo, Netflix has expanded the reach and overall audience of anime - a category conventionally seen as niche. Given the success of shows such as Seven Deadly Sins and Baki, we are excited now more than ever to challenge ourselves to expand our aspirational anime programming for fans around the world.” 

“To do so, we will continue to invest in new talent, and promote diversity from within. We’re excited to announce welcoming Anand Varna, our second Gobelins Fellowship student to our Creative team through our successful multi-year program with the French institution,” said Taiki Sakurai, Chief Producer, Anime, Netflix.