Picture: Cell Swimsuit Gundam Thunderbolt (YouTube)

Netflix continues to be a type of cool children on the lunch desk, with its Naruto headband and a stack of Yu-Gi-Oh! playing cards in its backpack (yeah these are the cool children, it’s 2020 and jocks are fucking over), as Variety is reporting that the streaming service has signed yet one more take care of yet one more batch of anime and manga creators to make cool animated content material for the platform. Final yr, Netflix introduced in well-known anime studios like Manufacturing I.G and Bones to create new exhibits (to not point out the much-hyped and long-awaited streaming debut of Neon Genesis Evangelion and the still-in-the-works Cowboy Bebop adaptation), and this yr it’s including to its anime assortment by signing offers with artists and writers like Shin Kibayashi (of Drops Of God and Nintendo’s Hearth Emblem Fates), Yasuo Ohtagaki (Cell Swimsuit Gundam Thunderbolt), Otsuichi (Goth), Tow Ubukata (Mardock Scramble), Mari Yamazaki (Thermae Romae), and the all-female artwork collective Clamp (creators of Cardcaptor Sakura).

We don’t know what any of these individuals are engaged on, however this can be a good excuse to speak briefly about Cell Swimsuit Gundam Thunderbolt. Like the best Gundam media, it leans actually far into the “horror of battle” style, telling a narrative a few considerably pointless and violently protracted battle between a squad of snipers (who occur to be piloting massive robots) and a hot-headed, jazz-loving, self-involved “good man” (who additionally occurs to be piloting an enormous robotic). Additionally, the snipers are wounded troopers who’ve been kicked off of the entrance strains and one man willingly has his limbs amputated so he is usually a higher test-pilot for a particular robotic that’s managed by brainpower. It’s messed-up and fairly rad.

Anyway, Netflix has promised that there will likely be different methods for folks to “interact with the exhibits by publishing and shopper merchandise” (which, utilizing our anime experience, we’re going to imagine means “manga” and “costly statues”).