Netflix has announced their April 2019 premieres and we’ve focused on their original anime lineup. Get start dates for a slew of new series coming next month.
Debuts April 1, 2019
Several years have passed since the events of Ultraman, with the legendary “Giant of Light” (光の巨人 Hikari no Kyojin) now a memory, as it is believed he returned home after fighting the many giant aliens that invaded the Earth. Shin Hayata’s son Shinjiro seems to possess a strange ability, and it is this ability, along with his father’s revelation that he was Ultraman, that leads Shinjiro to battle the new aliens invading the Earth as the new Ultraman.
Director: Kenji Kamiyama, Shinji Aramaki; Music: Nobuko Toda, Kazuma Jinnouchi; Production Company: Production I.G, SOLA DIGITAL ARTS; Cast: Ryohei Kimura, Takuya Eguchi, Megumi Han, Hideyuki Tanaka
Rilakkuma and Kaoru
Debuts April 19, 2019
When a woman in her thirties begins sharing her apartment with a soft toy bear that has decided to take up residence there, she finds that the secret to life is sometimes as simple as relaxing. One of the most popular characters in Japan comes to life in this stop-motion animation series.
Director: Masahito Kobayashi; Writer: Naoko Ogigami; Creative Advisor: Aki Kondo; Production Rights: San-X; Production Company: dwarf studios; Cast: Mikako Tabe
Baki Part Two Premieres April 30th
The protagonist, Baki Hanma, trains with an intense focus to become strong enough to surpass his father, Yujiro Hanma, the strongest fighter in the world. Five of the world’s most violent and brutal death row inmates are gathering to face Baki. Their objective is to taste defeat — their unmatched strength and skill have led them to grow bored of life itself, and they now seek out Baki in the hopes that he can overwhelm and utterly crush them. In this crisis, other underground martial art warriors gather to fight by Baki’s side: Kaoru Hanayama, Gouki Shibukawa, Retsu Kaioh, and Doppo Orochi. An epic showdown between violent death row inmates and Baki and his friends begins! More than 63 million copies of the original manga series have been printed and the series will be comprised of 26 episodes for Netflix, produced by TMS Entertainment.
Ingress: The Animation
Premieres: April 30th
Ingress will follow two new characters named Sarah and Makoto after they are affected by the “exotic matter” that lies at the heart of the game. Sarah is given the ability to perceive “certain aspects of time and space,” while Makoto has a form of psychometry that lets him see the history of almost any object once he has touched it.