Netflix to Stream Cyborg 009 Call of Justice Anime Worldwide
posted on by Egan Loo
The official website of Cyborg 009 Call of Justice, Toho Animation's new 3D CG anime project based on Shotaro Ishinomori's classic science-fiction hero manga Cyborg 009, announced on Tuesday that Netflix will begin streaming the anime exclusively worldwide early next year.
The anime consists of three feature-length parts, although Netflix will stream the entire anime as 12 shorter episodes. All three feature-length parts have been receiving limited two-week theatrical runs in Japan. The first film opened on November 25, while the second film opened on December 2. The third film opened last Friday.
The anime's story depicts Joe Shimamura and the other cyborgs' struggle with the Bresudo, a group of people who possess superhuman powers and intellect, and have manipulated human history since ancient times. Bresudo's goals are unknown, and they cast a dark shadow over the world.
Although only a few people believe in the Bresudo's existence, one journalist named Lucy Davenport heads to Texas to contact a certain family, and she meets the cyborgs. The cyborgs themselves have been freed from their duty of protecting humanity ever since the establishment of the UN Guardian troops, and they now live quiet lives of peace. However, Lucy's visit and the return of the Bresudo draw Joe and the others once more into battle.
Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit, Eden of the East is credited as chief director of the anime project. Koudai Kakimoto (Psycho-Pass movie unit director, Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova DC assistant director) directed the anime. Kamiyama and Kakimoto previously collaborated on the 009 Re:Cyborg anime film, which Kamiyama directed and Kakimoto served as unit director. I.G Port's new anime studio subsidiary Signal.MD (Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note, Anime Tamago's "Colorful Ninja Iromaki" short) animated the Call of Justice, with Ishinomori Production and Production I.G producing. Masatsugu Saitō (Captain Earth, Expelled From Paradise) designed the characters. Monkey Majik performed the theme song "A.I. am Human."
The cast for the new anime is different from previous incarnations of Cyborg 009, including 2012's 009 Re:Cyborg film and last year's Cyborg 009 Vs. Devilman project. However, 009/Joe Shimamura's original voice actor Kazuhiko Inoue returned to the franchise to play the Emperor, the anime's "last boss."
The anime celebrates the original manga's 50th anniversary. Illustrator Akihiro Kimura (Emerald Dragon game) launched a new manga of the anime this month, with a prologue chapter already released on November 25.
Netflix is the largest online streaming service in the world with 86 million members in over 190 countries and territories. Its members stream more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day. It is also the exclusive worldwide streaming service of the Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman anime.