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Netflix Reveals Neo Yokio Animated Series Collaboration With Production I.G, Studio Deen

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Kazuhiro Furuhashi, Junji Nishimura are storyboarders for 6-episode series premiering September 22

Netflix announced on Thursday that Vampire Weekend band vocalist and guitarist Ezra Koenig is helming a new six-episode animated series titled Neo Yokio that will premiere all six episodes on Netflix on September 22. Nick Weidenfeld is serving as writer and executive producer. Koenig is collaborating with Production I.G and Studio DEEN for the series, as well as with South Korean studio MOI. Kazuhiro Furuhashi (Rurouni Kenshin, Mobile Suit Gundam UC, Altair: A Record of Battles) and Junji Nishimura (Ranma ½, Kyo kara Maoh!, ViVid Strike!) are serving as storyboard artists for the series.

The series stars Jaden Smith, Susan Sarandon, Jude Law, Tavi Gevinson, Jason Schwartzman, Desus & Mero, Richard Ayoade, Ike Barinholtz, Steve Buscemi, Alexa Chung, Stephen Fry, Katy Mixon, Annet Mahendru, Kiernan Shipka, Willow Smith, and Amanda Stenberg.

Koenig posted images from the series on Twitter on Wednesday.

Netflix describes the series:

Welcome to Neo Yokio, the greatest city in the world. It's the most populous urban agglomeration in North America, but its prestige does not merely stem from its size. Neo Yokio is a diverse labyrinth of cultural and architectural innovation at the forefront of global fashion and finance.

All of this is cold comfort to the lovesick Kaz Kaan (Jaden Smith), the youngest member of a family of “magistocrats” – pink-haired demon slayers who once liberated the city. Today, his demon-slaying is barely more than a side-hustle coordinated by his Aunt Agatha (Susan Sarandon) - Kaz himself would rather concern himself with shopping, field hockey and - of course – mending his broken heart.

Always by Kaz's side are his faithful mecha-butler, Charles (Jude Law), and his inseparable friends Lexy and Gottlieb (The Kid Mero and Desus Nice) as he navigates the complexities of life in Neo Yokio and tries to stay one step ahead of his arch-rival, Neo Yokio's number one most eligible bachelor, Arcangelo Corelli (Jason Schwartzman.)

Things take a mysterious turn when Kaz is drawn into the turbulent world of ex-fashion blogger Helena St. Tessero (Tavi Gevinson), setting in motion a sequence of events that force him to question everything he knows about Neo Yokio.

Update: Screenshots added.

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