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Legendary Pictures has announced that the anime based on the Pacific Rim franchise will be released on Netflix in 2020.
During a discussion occurring at Project Anime, an industry event proceeding Los Angeles’ massive Anime Expo, Legendary Entertainment's executive vice president of brand development and consumer products, Elie Dekel, revealed that the anime's first season will premiere some time next year, and will run for two seasons. The company has yet to reveal many episodes each season will run.
The series will be a joint project by Legendary Pictures and anime studio Polygon Pictures, best known for their work on the Godzilla anime film trilogy that was also released on Netflix. They're also responsible for several animated television shows, including Transformers: Prime and Star Wars: Resistance. Craig Kyle and Greg Johnson, who have worked together on Wolverine and The X-Men and X-Men: Evolution, will be the anime’s showrunners. “[This is] one of the biggest budget anime series I’ve had the pleasure of working on, and I think that speaks to the commitment of Netflix and Legendary [to anime]” Dekel said.
Last year, Netflix announced that both Pacific Rim and Altered Carbon would be adapted into anime series as part of the streaming giant's attempt to further its investment in Asian stories and storytellers.