Netflix Anime: 'Aggretsuko,' 'Castlevania' and More Announced at Anime Expo 2018

Netflix kicked off the first day of Anime Expo 2018 with several new series announcements as well as the Season 2 release dates of a few of its popular series, including Castlevania and Aggretsuko.

During the Netflix Loves Anime panel, company reps announced Aggretsuko, the series about a red panda who hates her job and loves death metal will return for Season 2 in 2019. The full first season is currently available to stream.

#Aggretsuko — everyone's favorite red panda who hates her job and loves death metal — will be back for a second season in 2019!

— See What's Next (@seewhatsnext) July 6, 2018

Castlevania , the animated series based on the video game franchise will return Oct. 26. The series' first season (now available on Netflix) was just four episodes long, but it's been confirmed that Season 2 will bring eight episodes of the medieval, fantasy series.

A surprise announcement from the panel was the reveal of an Ultraman series coming in spring 2019. The series will be in 3D CGI and come from directors Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramaki, produced by Production I.G. and Sola Digital. The series will be based on the Ultraman manga series from Viz Media.

Here's the synopsis of the story:

Decades ago, a being known as the Giant of Light joined Shin Hayata of the Scientific Special Search Party to save Earth from an invasion of terrifying monsters known as Kaiju. Now, many years later, those dark days are fading into memory, and the world is at peace. But in the shadows a new threat is growing, a danger that can only be faced by a new kind of hero - a new kind of Ultraman...

Shinjiro is an ordinary teenager, but his father is the legendary Shin Hayata. When he learns that his father passed on the "Ultraman Factor" to him, and that he possesses incredible powers, nothing will ever be the same again.

The panel also brought news that Cannon Busters, the anime that was successfully funded on Kickstarter from LeSean Thomas, will make its Netflix debut on April 1, 2019. Here's the synopsis of the series.

The series follows the adventures and exploits of S.A.M, a high-end, royal-class friendship droid who's joined by a quirky, discarded maintenance robot and a brash, deadly fugitive. Together, the unlikely trio embarks on an unforgettable journey in a fantastic and dangerous world in search of S.A.M's best friend, the heir to a powerful kingdom under siege.

Kengan Ashura will release sometime in 2019. Based on the manga from Yabako Sandrovich, it tells the story of a world where businesses wager money to hire combatants for unarmed hand-to-hand bouts. The winners take all, and the businesses use these fights as a means to resolve disputes.

Dragon Pilot, from Bones (the studio behind My Hero Academia ), will launch Sept. 21. This anime is already available in Japan and follows a young girl who tries to escape her life by joining her world's version of the Air Force when she is chosen by an Organic Transformed Flyer Dragon to be its pilot.

Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle, from Gen Urobuchi, will launch on July 18 and is the second film in the trilogy. The first movie, Planet of the Monsters, began streaming on Netflix in January.

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