A lot of people love to stroke their chins and regard Netflix as the premium streaming service with an eye for some of the best must-watch prestige TV. But the truth is Netflix has greater ambitions than just being a high power brand. It wants to be the all consuming void of visual entertainment. That’s why it has fast become one of the biggest streaming homes for anime.
Forget premium dramas, original films, and exclusive comedy. While CrunchyRoll and Funimation tend to hit walls when it comes to region-specific distribution rights for some of the biggest anime brands, Netflix sidesteps this limitation by co-financing some of the latest anime in exchange for worldwide rights.
It’s already been an incredible half-year so far and June will be the biggest month for Netflix, with a major haul of anime all dropping within this one month.
A Silent Voice
Released June 5, 2019
In elementary, Shōya Ishida and his friends bully deaf classmate Shōko Nishimiya for fun. But when her mother notifies the school, he is singled out for all of the bullying and his ‘friends’ turn their back on him, ostracizing him for years while the teachers turn a blind eye. Now on his third year of high school and filled with regret he sets out to make amends with Shōko. Strong recommend.
March Comes In Like A Lion
Released June 7, 2019
Rei Kiriyama is one of the few elite in the world of shogi. As such, he faces an enormous amount of pressure. Seeking independence he moves into an apartment in Tokyo but takes poor care of himself and becomes a recluse. It’s when he meets a trio of sisters – Akari, Hinata, and Mom Kawamoto – who help him combat his loneliness and navigate his own emotional and mental health.
Kakegurui xx (aka Kakegurui Season 2)
Releases June 13, 2019
This crazy, unhinged but beloved series about a private academy where gambling not academics defines the student hierarchy continues in its second season. With the current student board dissolved, a gambling battle royale begins in which students vie for the presidency of the student council. Expect more over-the-top bets, insane odds and creepy excited faces.
Aggretsuko Season 2
Releases June 14, 2019
The adorable, aggressive and beleaguered Retsuko returns with her ever growing workplace stress and theatrical displays of anxiety. As if her sexist boss, lazy colleagues and condescending co-workers weren’t enough, she’ll have to contend with her overbearing mother this season. More reasons to scream into a karaoke microphone!
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Releases June 21, 2019
The incredibly influential classic will finally have a streaming home in Netflix. Set after a veritable apocalypse, young Shinji Ikari is recruited by his distant father to pilot an “Evangelion,” a mecha designed to combat world-ending creatures known as Angels. What follows is an absolutely unforgettable trip into psychological trauma, adolescent sexuality and existentialism.
The End of Evangelion
Releases June 21, 2019
Not a sequel, not a prequel but a gruesome and highly cinematic alternate ending to the saga. With the final Angel vanquished, the defense organization known as NERV has one last enemy to confront. Meanwhile, an indecisive Shinji must choose his destiny while Gendou and Rei make sense of their beliefs about the future of the world.
Forest of Piano Season 2
Releases June 24, 2019
Kai is a musical prodigy from the red light district while Shuhei is the son of a famous professional pianist. Together they discover an abandoned piano in the middle of the forest and become friends. The second season dives into their individual motivations as artists against the backdrop of a Chopin competition.
Releases June 28, 2019
In an amazing display of foresight, the world’s governments has selected thirty-five young men and women from around the world to be placed into cryogenic sleep to ensure the survival of humanity following a cataclysmic event. The Project “7Seeds” thrusts these young people into a cruel world, bereft of their loved ones and looking to survive.
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