So, this is apparently a thing now.
Earlier today, Netflix announced that they’re launching a new animated series on their platform. Neo Yokio, a collaboration between Netflix, Production I.G., Studio DEEN, and Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig, will hit Netflix on September 22.
Netflix released a two-minute teaser to promote the project.
Neo Yokio‘s first season will run for six half-hour episodes.Koenig is credited as creator, writer, and executive producer for the project. Nick Weidenfeld is co-writing the title and executive producing. Kazuhiro Furuhashi (Maria Watches Over Us, Genshiken) and Junji Nishimura (You’re Under Arrest!, Rurouni Kenshin) are storyboarding the series.
Animation production will be handled by Production I.G., Studio DEEN, and South Korean studio MOI.
The confirmed voice cast includes:
- Jaden Smith
- Susan Sarandon
- Jude Law
- Tavi Gevinson
- Jason Schwartzman
- Desus & Mero
- Richard Ayoade
- Ike Barinholtz
- Steve Buscemi
- Alexa Chung
- Stephen Fry
- Katy Mixon
- Annet Mahendru
- Kiernan Shipka
- Willow Smith
- Amanda Stenberg
Netflix describes Neo Yokio as:
Welcome to Neo Yokio, the greatest city in the world. It’s the most populous urban agglomeration in North America, but its prestige does not merely stem from its size. Neo Yokio is a diverse labyrinth of cultural and architectural innovation at the forefront of global fashion and finance.
All of this is cold comfort to the lovesick Kaz Kaan (Jaden Smith), the youngest member of a family of “magistocrats” – pink-haired demon slayers who once liberated the city. Today, his demon-slaying is barely more than a side-hustle coordinated by his Aunt Agatha (Susan Sarandon) – Kaz himself would rather concern himself with shopping, field hockey and – of course – mending his broken heart.
Always by Kaz’s side are his faithful mecha-butler, Charles (Jude Law), and his inseparable friends Lexy and Gottlieb (The Kid Mero and Desus Nice) as he navigates the complexities of life in Neo Yokio and tries to stay one step ahead of his arch-rival, Neo Yokio’s number one most eligible bachelor, Arcangelo Corelli (Jason Schwartzman.)
Things take a mysterious turn when Kaz is drawn into the turbulent world of ex-fashion blogger Helena St. Tessero (Tavi Gevinson), setting in motion a sequence of events that force him to question everything he knows about Neo Yokio.
Netflix released several production stills for the project, which you can check out below: