Netflix Is Making Philippine Graphic Novel Trese Into An Anime Series

Netflix Is Making Philippine Graphic Novel Trese Into An Anime Series

It’s official: Netflix is the go-to place if you want to (legally) watch anime online. The streaming giant has beefed up its library through the years with a wide range of titles that range from well-known classics like Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away to underrated, obscure gems like K. It also doesn’t hurt that Netflix has a wide variety of subtitle options for more than 20 languages, which makes getting into the latest hit relatively painless.

And Netflix isn’t stopping there: the company has announced that it’s adding even more titles for its 2021 lineup through its #NetFlixAnimeFes event. A total of 16 titles are anticipated for release throughout next year, which include one anime based on the Philippine graphic novel series “Trese,” making it the only content from the Philippines joining Netflix’s roster of anime offerings.

Trese is a multi-awarded graphic novel illustrated by Kajo Baldisimo and written by Budjette Tan. First published in 2008, Trese is the story of a 13-year old detective named Alexandra Trese who employs supernatural forces to aid in her investigations in Manila. In the comics she fights creatures taken from Philippine mythology like duwendes (elfs), santelmo (St. Elmo’s fire), and aswangs (ghosts). Think Constantine, but with manananggals.

The adaptation was announced two years ago in 2018 and we’re finally close to seeing Kajo Baldisimo and Budjette Tan’s best-selling work come to life. This series is animated by the Jakarta & Singapore based film company BASE Entertainment, and produced by Jay Oliva, Shanty Harmayn, and Tanya Yuson.

Trese isn’t the only new anime series that Neflix is releasing in 2021. There’s a list of all of the new Netflix-backed titles so far that’ll be hitting their screens next year:

  • Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness
    This Horror-action anime series revolves around Resident Evil 2 protagonists Claire Redfield and Leon S. Kennedy. It will get an exclusive release on Netflix.
  • Godzilla: Singular Point
    A new original anime which story will deviate from the established universe from the Godzilla films. The series is set to have 13-episodes featuring a blend of hand-drawn and CG animation.
  • Eden
    A science-fiction fantasy anime follows Sarah, a girl raised by two robots. Eden is set for release in May 2021
  • Vampire in the Garden
    This Anime film is set in a time where humanity has lost against vampires. Its story is about an unlikely friendship between the human and vampire race that intertwines with the power of music.
  • Yasuke
    This is a fantasy period anime based on real historical features, Nobunaga Oda and Yasuke, an African samurai who served under Nobunaga Oda.
  • Pacific Rim: The Black
    Pacific Rim: The Black is an anime film based on the movie of the same title. Set in a Kaiju-overrun Australia that has forced the evacuation of an entire continent.
  • Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy
    With its first season currently available for streaming, its second season “Chapter 2: Earthrise” is anticipated to be released in 2021 where the war for Cybertron continues.
  • Trese
    Based on the Philippine graphic novel of the same name, Trese is the first Philippine anime adaptation on NetFlix. Like the graphic novel, Alexandra Trese finds herself going head to head with a criminal underworld composed of malevolent supernatural beings.
  • B: The Beginning Succession
    Season 2 of B: The Beginning is to be released in 2021, its first season is currently available for streaming.
  • Baki Hanma
    The 3rd part of the Baki series highlights the conflict between Baki and his evil father Yujiro (aka the Ogre). Baki which is quite popular with male audiences offers an intense season featuring a father-son battle.
  • Thermae Romae Novae
     A comedy about a Greek a bath designer, Lucious time travels into the future in Japan learns about the Japanese bath culture.
  • High-Rise Invasion
    Based on the manga by Miura Tsuina (Ajin) and Takahiro Oba (Box!), this is an unpredictable and frightening survival story set in high-rise buildings that don’t reach the ground. Coming in February 2021.
  • Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure
    This original stop-motion anime based on the san-x character, Rilakkuma. “Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure” begins with an incident that happens inside a theme park that is about to close.
  • Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan
    Original Video Anime that is exclusively distributed on NetFlix. Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan is based on the Italian character Kishibe Rohan from Jojo’s BIzarre’s anime series. Here Rohan gets his own anime spin-off.
  • The Way of the Househusband
    Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kousuke Oono is getting his own anime series that will exclusively be available on Netflix. The anime centers on Tatsu, the yakuza turned househusband who always supports his career-woman wife, Miku.
  • Springgan
    This long-awaited anime adaptation makes its comeback after 30 years. This original net animation will reacquaint its fans with the high-speed action battles that can now be enjoyed by new audiences.


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