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Anime madness: Watch Netflix's teasers for Ultraman, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and more!

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Nov 27, 2018, 10:20 AM EST

This spring, you'll have an ironclad excuse to never leave your house. Why? Because Netflix is releasing a slew of anime offerings, from Ultraman, to 7SEEDS, to Neon Genesis Evangelion. Fortunately, the streaming giant took pity on us and dropped a host of teaser trailers for said Japanese shows, which we've embedded below for the viewing pleasure of your ocular orifices...

First up is Neon Genesis Evangelion, which isn't a Netflix original, but is making its worldwide streaming debut in the new year. Originally released in the mid-1990s, the series takes place in a post-apocalyptic version of Tokyo. The world's been decimated by creatures known as "Angels," but a shady organization called "Nerv" has created mecha robots called "Evangelions" to combat the threat and stop another doomsday scenario before it even begins.

Watch the teaser now:

Neon Genesis Evangelion drops in the spring, but no specific date has been announced. However, all 26 episodes and two feature films will be available to watch. 

Next is Ultraman, a drama-filled action adventure about a man whose DNA is suffused with the mythical hero known as "Ultraman." Armed with a metal ultra suit, he fights against the forces of evil. Based on the teaser, there's a phony Ultraman galavanting about, standing between the man and his father, who is in need of saving.

Fun fact: Ultraman dates back to the 1960s and was the giant robot used in the final battle in Ernest Cline's Ready Player One novel. He was replaced with the Iron Giant for Spielberg's movie adaptation.

Watch the teaser now:

Ultraman premieres April 1. 

The stop-motion Rilakkuma & Kaoru is next. The show follows Kaoru, a woman who gains a new roomate in the form of a lazy bear with a zipper on its back. Think of Rilakkuma as the Japanese version of Winnie-the-Pooh — he/she/it may be a layabout, but he/she/it is still a lovable scamp.

Created by San-X in the early 2000s, Rilakkuma is a multimedia brand like Hello Kitty or Rainbow Brite that mainly encompasses licensed merchandise. The name "Rilakkuma" is a mix of the English word "relax" and the Japanese word for bear, "kuma."

Watch the teaser now:

Rilakkuma & Kaoru arrives on Netflix April 19. 

Netflix has two more anime programs, 7Seeds (April 2019) and Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac (summer 2019), on the docket, but has yet to release trailers for them.

7Seeds is based on the 2001 manga by Yumi Tamura and is set in a post-apocalyptic world where all living life has been wiped out by a meteorite. Taking the necessary precautions, the Japanese government froze groups of humans as part of the 7Seeds program.

Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac will be a CG adaptation of the manga by Masami Kurumada (originally titled Saint Seiya), which ran between 1986 and 1990. The series will follow Zodiac-based knights who are bound by their duty to protect a reincarnated version of Athena—the Greek goddess of (among other things) wisdom—from other Olympian deities.

Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac

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