Netflix plans to make a huge splash this year, and the years to come, by turning its attention to anime shows. This is in context to the dominant entertainment and streaming platform putting up more than $8 billion recently for housing original content.
The following offerings are for the month of February and should convince anime fans to start marking their calendars and renewing their subscriptions.
Kakegurui (February 1)
Kakegurui, also referred to as Compulsive Gambler in the English alternative title, will be the first “Netflix Original” incoming early next month for the western audience.
The anime show premiered in Japan last year and rose in popularity soon after. It even received a live-action television series adaptation in the country, and the all-green signal for a second season. However, Netflix chose to hold back from bringing Kakegurui over until the first season had officially finished with all of its 12 episodes.
The setting is Hyakkaou Private Academy, a school where almost all of the students come from some of the wealthiest families in the world and are evaluated solely on their gambling skills.
Yumeko Jabami, a recent transfer student and high roller, has no qualms about breaking the rules. She plays for the thrill, and not to win. The anime show follows her unique methods of gambling as she brings her many cards to the table.
Fate/Apocrypha Part 2 (February 9)
The first season of Fate/Apocrypha concluded its lengthy run, featuring 25 episodes in total, at the end of last month. Thankfully, fans will not have to wait long for the second half because it is scheduled to grace Netflix sooner than expected.
The anime show is set in a parallel world to the original Fate/Stay Night and is not a direct sequel because of the alternate timeline. In Fate/Apocrypha, the Holy Grail was stolen during the third war and taken to Romania by the Yggdmillenia family–the Black faction–for safekeeping. This causes the Clock Tower–the Red faction–to try and retrieve the Holy Grail for itself in another war-ridden event.
Both factions feature seven masters with seven servants. There is also an additional servant, summoned by the Holy Grail to act as a mediator. Unlike the original anime shows, as well as sequels, this different telling of the same tale raises the conflict to an all new terrifying scale.
Fullmetal Alchemist (February 19)
The live-action adaptation of one of the best anime shows in history is finally coming to the popular streaming hub as a “Netflix Original” next month.
It is true that fans of the original works are seldom satisfied with any other form of adaptation. Justice has rarely been done with best-selling books and critically acclaimed video games as they are brought to the silver screen. Thankfully, the same is not the case for Fullmetal Alchemist.
The movie released in Japan last year and was received pretty well for the most part. There are of course those that believe it could have been better but the majority has given a thumbs up. This vote of confidence will be now put to the test for the western audience.
Fullmetal Alchemist follows two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, who delve into alchemy in order to bring back their deceased mother. In doing so, they undermine the rule of equivalent exchange and pay a terrible price for their failed effort. Edward loses an arm and leg, while Alphonse loses his entire body and has his soul linked to an empty suit of armor. They end up joining the military and rally to find a way to restore their bodies to their original forms.
Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, the two original anime shows, were brought to Netflix earlier this month to pave the way for the live-action adaptation movie.