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Netflix ups its anime game renewing Aggretsuko, Castlevania; launches Ultraman and more

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Jul 5, 2018

Netflix is continuing to show a whole lotta love for anime.

According to Deadline, the service has gone on an animated content spree today after announcing plans at its Anime Expo panel to renew some fan favorites, as well as launching a slew of new series.

First up is the renewal of Aggretsuko, which clearly has been going down well with viewers considering that it only launched on Netflix in April. And what's not to love? The quirky comedy-musical features a death-metal-singing panda called Retsuko, who lets out her emotions by going to a karaoke bar every night. She'll be back in all her screaming glory sometime in 2019.

Vamp-slaying anime Castlevania, based on the classic videogame series, will also be back for more blood spills on Oct. 29. The show, which first aired on Netflix last July, is written by Warren Ellis and animated by Powerhouse Animation.

Meanwhile Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle, a sequel to the film Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, will be available on July 18 and has been described as an epic re-imagining of the Godzilla world in a futuristic setting that pits humans and robots against the biggest Godzilla ever seen in an interplanetary struggle for survival.

There will also be brand-new content on the way too. Dragon Pilot, which will begin airing on Sept. 21, follows recently stationed Air Self-Defence Force rookie Hisone Amakasu, who is chosen by a dragon concealed within Gifu Air Base to be his pilot.

Cannon Busters, based on comic books by LeSean Thomas, will arrive on April 1, 2019. The show follows friendship droid S.A.M as it searches for its best friend, the heir to a kingdom under siege.

Elsewhere, CGI anime series Ultraman will premiere worldwide on Netflix in 2019 and is based on the Japanese tokusatsu science fiction television series, created by Eiji Tsuburaya. This new series will focus on Shinjiro Hayata, son of the original Ultraman, who is forced to protect the Earth against dark forces.

Kengan Ashura, based on the Japanese manga series written by Yabako Sandrovich and illustrated by Daromeon, will also premiere sometime next year. It tells the story of an older man named Kazuo Yamashita who is one day summoned by his work to become a gladiator, to engage in battles called Kengan Matches to protect the corporate rights of the businesses they represent.

We can't wait to start bingeing.

If you want to know what else is coming to Netflix and after streaming services in the genre department, we have a comprehensive list for you here.

Are you pumped for any of these shows? Give us your thoughts in the comments below.