If you put Jaden Smith, Jude Law, Steve Buscemi and Susan Sarandon in a room together, what do you get? The world’s strangest dinner party? A particularly cringeworthy romantic comedy? What may very well be the wokest, most insightful philosophy seminar to ever enlighten the impressionable minds of freshmen college students?
How about an anime that heavily parodies the genre and all the tropes that we have held dear to our hearts (or have viciously mocked) in the past several decades?
The title gives it away; Netflix is bringing these stars together in an upcoming original anime series called Neo Yokio.
Officially described as “a postmodern collage of homages to classic anime, English literature and modern New York fashion and culture,” this anime stars Jaden Smith as the pink-haired protagonist Kaz Kaan, a young student more interested in shopping, sports and finding love than following in his family’s footsteps of professional demon slaying.
But when a string of demonic possessions rocks the technologically advanced city of Neo Yokio (a spoof of every Neo Tokyo setting that has arisen thanks to Akira), Kaz will have to use his powers to save his hometown from the forces of evil.
This new series is the brainchild of Ezra Koenig, the lead vocalist and guitarist of Vampire Weekend, and executive producer/cowriter Nick Weidenfeld of Moral Orel fame. The two have also partnered with Japanese anime companies Production IG and Studio Deen in the production of this series.
As mentioned, alongside Smith will be a slew of seasoned actors in various supporting roles. So far we know that in our protagonist’s corner will be Law, who plays a mecha-butler named Charles; the Kid Mero and Desus Nice as his best friends Lexy and Gottlieb; and Sarandon as Kaz’s Aunt Agatha. Meanwhile, actor Jason Schwartzman will play Kaz’s arch-rival Arcangelo Corelli, and actress Tavi Gevinson will be an ex-fashion blogger named Helena St. Tessero. We don’t know what role Buscemi will play yet in Neo Yokio, or who else will be joining this star-studded cast, but based on the trailer we’re definitely excited to see what other talent appears.
Don’t just take this reporter’s high praise. Check out the official trailer below and let us know your thoughts!
Neo Yokio is set to premiere its six episode season (hopefully the first of many) on Friday, September 22, 2017.
Source: Den of Geek