Netflix have added more anime to the service so let’s see what they have to offer.
Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters
Audio: English & Japanese with English subtitles (+ more)
Film page here
The planet is beset by the emergence of colossal creatures that roam the earth, and king among them is “Godzilla”. For a half a century, these beasts engage in ferocious battle with each other and mankind. But humans, unable to compete, prepare for exile from their home planet. In the year 2048, a select few humans are chosen by the central government’s artificial intelligence infrastructure to set out on an interstellar emigration vessel, the Aratrum, on an 11.9-lightyear journey for the planet Tau-e in the Cetus constellation. But when they arrive after 20 years of space travel, the remnants of mankind find the environmental conditions on Tau-e to be much different than expected, and basically uninhabitable by humans.
One youth on board the emigration vessel, Haruo, had seen his parents killed by Godzilla before his eyes when he was only 4 years old. Ever since, he has thought of nothing but returning to Earth to defeat Godzilla. With the doors to emigration now closed, Haruo and other crew spearhead a “return to Earth” decision despite severely attenuated and hazardous conditions on board for such a long trip back.
Somehow, the Aratrum makes the return journey in one piece, but the home they return to has become an alien planet. 20,000 years have elapsed, and a new ecosystem has emerged with Godzilla atop the food chain. Can mankind take back its native planet? Will Haruo get his revenge?
As part of Netflix’s exclusive streaming Originals line-up, the first film in Polygon Pictures’ futuristic adaptation of the monster legend is now available. Parts 2 & 3 will be available once they have been theatrically released in Japan. We covered more on the title here.
Sword Art Online II
Audio: Japanese with English subtitles
Show page here
A year has passed since SAO was cleared. Summoned by Seijirou Kikuoka of the Virtual Division at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Kazuto (Kirito) learns of a series of bizarre murders linked to the popular VR game, Gun Gale Online (GGO). After being shot in-game by a player calling himself Death Gun, two prominent GGO players have mysteriously turned up dead in the real world.
As Kazuto logs into GGO and starts investigating the mystery, he meets a girl sniper named Sinon who wields a Hecate II rifle. Is she friend or foe? Kirito enters the virtual world once more for an all-new adventure!
The second season of Sword Art Online covering the Gun Gale Online, Calibur and Mother’s Rosario arcs is now available. Season 1 is also available.
That’s it for Netflix but don’t forget that there are more incoming. Violet Evergarden continues its weekly simulcast for the UK, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, and many other territories each Thursday at 8am GMT. And also we have a list of other titles coming exclusively to the service here.