Earlier today, Netflix hosted a “Netflix Anime Slate 2017” in Japan. The company unveiled a slate of anime titles that will be released under the company’s banner, from known titles to totally original projects.

At the event, Netflix showed off a pair of visuals for Sword Gai: The Animation Series. You can check both out below:

Furthermore, the company revealed that the show will stream worldwide in 2018. Series co-creator Toshiki Inoue will be penning the scripts and taking charge of series composition for the title.

Sword Gai: The Animation Series anime was first revealed in the pages of Monthly Hero’s Magazine in 2014. At the time, the publication revealed that Sword Gai would be a co-production between entertainment company Fields and Flash anime studio DLE Inc.

The title will be based on Toshiki Inoue (Ranma ½, Ushio & Tora), Osamu Kine, and Keita Amamiya’s manga of the same name. Inoue served as writer on the project, while Amemiya produced the original character designs. Kine provided final character designs for the title.

Netflix describes Sword Gai: The Animation Series as:

A weapon that has drawn the blood of countless victims becomes legend, and at times takes on a life of its own. When such a weapon’s human host is filled with hate and murderous intent, he becomes a demonic combination of weapon and man that thirsts only for slaughter.

An organization has faced these dangerous beings over the centuries. A young man named Gai is destined to live as a weapon. As humans are enthralled by their weapons’ power, epic battles unfold with the fate of humanity in the balance in this battle action fantasy. The series will debut globally on Netflix in Spring 2018.

Sword Gai made its début in the pages of Monthly Hero’s in December 2012. The series went on to span six volumes. Sequel series Sword Gai Evolve, which brought the original creators back together, launched in Monthly Hero’s November 2015. The ongoing title spans three compiled volumes, with the most recent hitting stores on June 5.

The title inspired a 3D CGI film in 2013, which you can check out below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vFW6DexGKo

Sources: Netflix (Press Release), Animate Times