September looks to be another promising month for new content on Netflix. A Japanese monk and restaurant owner appears in the upcoming ‘Chef’s Table’ spin-off dedicated to pizza and there is a new standalone anime series based on the Cyberpunk franchise.
Anime lovers will also be delighted to see the live-action adaptation of ‘Yowamushi Pedal’ hit the streaming platform this month. This should keep you busy while you wait for a reservation on ‘Stranger Things’ pop up cafe in Shibuya to open. (Please note that regional restrictions may apply.)
Synopsis: In a dystopian future, a street kid named David Martinez struggles to escape a technological society marked by corruption and an obsession with cybernetic body modifications. In an attempt to take control of his destiny, David retreats to the city limits and joins a faction of cyberpunk outlaws known as edgerunners.
Overview: From Studio Trigger comes a new standalone anime series based on the ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ comics. The series is decidedly NSFW. The adrenaline-pumping trailer alone is packed with gunfights, gore, and erotica, but the psychedelic neon visuals combined with no-holds-barred character portrayals have us hooked.
Available September 13, 2022
Synopsis: Sakamichi Onoda is a shy and introverted high school student who loves anime. Instead of participating in extracurricular activities or socializing with his classmates, Sakamichi prefers to spend his afternoons browsing the specialty manga and anime shops in Tokyo’s Akihabara district, which he travels to on a beat-up bicycle.
Sakamichi’s daily ritual has unwittingly turned him into a rather impressive cyclist who can climb steep hills and pedal long distances with surprising ease. He eventually catches the attention of his school’s cycling club. When the club recruits Sakamichi for their competitive runs, he begins to come out of his shell with a new confidence and identity.
Overview: The stereotypical anime nerd breaking the mold is a trope we never tire of, and it’s developed especially well in ‘Yowamushi Pedal’. The four-season anime series is now on Netflix, and while live-action anime adaptations rarely live up to expectations, this 2020 version starring Ren Nagase as bespectacled Sakamichi is a happy exception.
Available September 14, 2022
Chef’s Table: Pizza
Synopsis: Six celebrity chefs from around the world each present their own delicious versions of pizza and show viewers what it takes to make an exceptional pie.
Overview: It’s always a triumphant moment when we see a Japanese chef in an episode of Chef’s Table. Yoshihiro Imai’s episode in this new spinoff is particularly exciting given that a Kyoto-based monk seems like an unlikely candidate for a miniseries revolving around an Italian staple.
Despite appearances, Imai’s restaurant, aptly named Monk, is one of the most acclaimed restaurants in Japan, where Imai serves guests an exquisite seven-course dinner with pizza as the main course. In this delicious installment, you’ll learn how Imai incorporates her spiritual background into her culinary vision and what it takes to make a pizza that people from all corners of the world are talking about.
Available September 7, 2022
Synopsis: The film is about a group of kids who decide to explore an abandoned residential building and accidentally find themselves in a strange new reality where they get stranded in the middle of the ocean. With no adults to save them, the friends muster the courage to work together as they brave the rough waves and search for a way to return to their normal world.
Overview: Netflix has been teasing this movie for a while, but now we’re just weeks away from its release. Directed by Hiroyasu Ishida, ‘Drifting Home’ is the third feature film from Studio Colores, which was also behind the anime adaptation of ‘Penguin Highway’ and Mari Okada’s 2020 film ‘A Whisker Away’.
Available September 16, 2022
The bittersweet history of Otaku
Synopsis: Mana Endo, a jaded office worker in her twenties (Yuki Sakurai), becomes disenchanted with social media. She decides that she no longer has the energy to maintain the perfect image of her online. By chance, she meets an underground idol group member named Hana (Sei Shiraishi), whose obvious flaws and sincere manner intrigue Mana. Before long, Mana is a die-hard fan of Hana and she attends all of her performances to show support for her. However, her harmless admiration for the aspiring star soon turns into a dangerous obsession.
Overview: Peppered with intrigue and mystery, this eight-episode series produced by NHK contains a surprising amount of content. The story takes some time to unfold, but the journey is well worth it.
Available September 1, 2022
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