Today, Netflix announced “Neo Yokio,” a new original series created by Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig and featuring a voice cast starring Smith, Susan Sarandon, Jude Law, Tavi Gevinson, Jason Schwartzman, and Desus & Mero. Additional members of the voice cast include: Richard Ayoade, Ike Barinholtz, Steve Buscemi, Alexa Chung, Stephen Fry, Katy Mixon, Annet Mahendru, Kiernan Shipka, Willow Smith, and Amandla Stenberg.
According to a release from Netfilx, “the series is a postmodern collage of homages to classic anime, English literature and modern New York fashion and culture.” Set in the ultra-modern city of Neo Yokio, the show focuses on young Kaz (Smith) as he deals with both teenage heartbreak, the legacy of his demon slayer family, and the danger that might be threatening Neo Yokio.
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The visual style, for sure, invokes modern anime tropes, thanks to the involvement of storyboard artists Kazuhiro Furuhashi (“Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn,” “Hunter x Hunter,” “Rurouni Kenshin”) and Junji Nishimura (“Ranma 1/2,” “Urusei Yatsura,” “Pro Golfer Saru”). But the blend of additional references pushes the show toward being something truly unique, as seen in the trailer below.
The six episodes of “Neo Yokio” premiere Friday, September 22. Check out the trailer below, as well as more first-look images.