The first day of Annecy 2021 brought a slew of Netflix reveals, including new shows for kids and families like Centaurworld and The world of Karma, the adult animated comedy “The Shadow Government Plot” by Shion Takeuchi and Alex Hirsch, Interior work, a very promising black comedy anthology series in stop motion, The House, and presented it as even more daring (i.e. more raunchy) big mouth spin off, Human ressources. The second day of Annecy 2021 even brought more revelations to Netflix, including four upcoming anime titles, with initial concept art, shown on their Tuesday Studio Focus Panel.
When he presented the first draft, The Witcher: The World’s Nightmare, a highly anticipated animated prequel to the streamer’s hit live-action The witcher series, Netflix anime producer Kohei Obara noted, “Anime is a powerful art form that has captivated people for many decades, including us at Netflix. We have always celebrated and championed this special medium and its many creators and fans around the world. We are truly committed to being a premier home for fans and creators. This year alone we will be presenting around 40 new anime titles, almost double the number we brought to fans last year.
Take this for a moment. 40 new anime titles.
Now let’s move on to Geralt’s world. Or, to be more precise, what went on before he graced our screens with such eloquence and charm, often bathed in “stuff” released by his blade from the belly of a monster. Or just a hangover.
In The Witcher: The World’s Nightmare, we will learn that before Geralt, there was Vesemir – an arrogant young witcher who likes to kill monsters for money. When a dangerous new power rises on the continent, Vesemir learns that some witchcraft work is not limited to money …
Vesemir, note it, is also Geralt’s mentor. The series focuses not only on who he was as Geralt’s father figure, but also on how he himself was framed, who he was before Geralt, and how the universe of Geralt was. The witcher has changed over the generations. “The core of The witcher is a family, ”said series creator, executive producer and showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissirch. “Families are multigenerational. Families are not just a mother figure, a father figure and children. As a mother, the things I teach my children, I have learned from the generation before me that they have learned from the generation before them. And when we meet Geralt in The witcher, he’s a full-fledged adult… he’s 100 years old, he’s been living alone for a very long time. But you can’t help but wonder how he learned the things he now practices regularly? How did he learn the things he will now teach Ciri? “
Noting that a lot of people have fallen in love with the show who either didn’t know the books or weren’t fans of fantasy, she added, “Hope we can find a lot of The witcher fans who become fans of anime, and vice versa.
The writer and producer of the series Beau DeMayo said he wanted to create a story “very personal to The witcher world and its history and felt very human, despite the fact that we would have all these fantastic elements surrounding it, “adding that” I wanted to make sure that we were telling a story that could only be told in animation and that really took advantage of what animation can do, both visually and emotionally.
With animated production by Studio Mir, the series is created, executive produced and presented by Hissrich, directed and co-executive produced by Kwang Il Han, and produced by DeMayo, who also writes the screenplay.
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Hissrich was previously co-executive producer on Defenders and daredevil for Marvel / Netflix and on Daredevil for Marvel / Netflix. DeMay is a writer and producer known for The witcher (2019) and The originals (2013). Han is known for his work as an animator and animation director on The last air Master, and a screenwriter and an animation director for The legend of Korra.
Then the panel shared Super crooks, an anime adaptation about a petty con artist, Johnny Bolt, who hires the Ultimate Team for one final heist – for real! This overpowered heist of about eight super-villains is action-packed and told in 13×30 minute episodes produced by BONES (My hero university, Mob Psycho 100, Singular point of Godzilla), and directed by Motonobu Hori, with characters drawn by Takashi Mitani. Based on the original graphic novel of the same name by Mark Millar & Leinil Yu, the series is also created by Millar with original character design by Yu, concept art by Stanislav Brunette, and character design and animation directed by Takashi Mitani. The music is composed by Dai Sato.
Then we heard about “A Brothers Grimm Anime Project by CLAMP & Netflix”.
What, please, can that mean? Well, it’s described as a brand new project based on ‘Grimm’s Fairy Tales’, which are well known to everyone, but with an entirely new and modern twist, boldly arranged with a touch of horror and suspense. Ah, of course! The mangaka CLAMP team will take care of the character design, along with WIT Studio (Good pretender) producing the animation. It is written by Michiko Yokote,
CLAMP is a creative collective made up of four women: Igarashi Kanzuki, Nanase Okawa, Tsubaki Nekoi and Mokona. In 1989, CLAMP made its commercial debut with its series “RG VEDA (Shinshokan)” which was followed by many other series including classics like “Tokyo BABYLON”, “X”, “Magic Knight Rayearth”, “Cardcaptor Sakura “,” ANGELIC LAYER “,” Chobits “,” Tsubasa – RESERSE CHRoNiCLE- “,” xxxHOLiC “,” Kobato “,” GATE 7 “,” Drag & Drop “and more. In 2017, more than 100 million copies of CLAMP’s work were sold in Japan alone, and many of their titles have also been published abroad, including the United States, France, Germany, China, Taiwan and South Korea.
Finally we have learned Romae Novae thermal baths, a comedy series adapted from the popular manga by Mari Yamazaki, but with a whole new twist (“Novae” meaning “new” in Latin): on Japanese bath culture. I think a Geralt “Hmmmmmmm” is in order here. The show is directed by Tetsuya Tatamitani, written by Yuichiro Momose, with animation produced by NAZ.
Yamazaki was born in Tokyo on April 20, 1967 and moved to Italy at age 17 to attend the National Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, where she studied art history and oil painting. She started working as a mangaka in 1997, living in Syria, Portugal and the United States before returning to Italy in 2013. In 2010, she won the third edition of the Manga Award for “Thermae Romae”. In 2015, she won the Tezuka Osamu Prize (“history” section, also for Thermae Romae) as well as the “New Face” prize from the Japanese Ministry of Education. In 2017, she received the rank of Commander of the Order of the Star in Italy. She is currently working on two series: “Pliny” and “Gli Artigiani; Renaissance Craftsmen ”with manga artist Tori Miki.
Dan Sarto is publisher and editor-in-chief of Animation World Network.