Watch the Insane Trailer for Jaden Smith and Ezra Koenig’s Netflix Anime ‘Neo Yokio’
Netflix premieres enough original series week-to-week that you’d be forgiven a few lost in the shuffle. That said, did we know Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig and Jaden Smith were dropping a bonkers New York-inspired anime featuring Jude Law, Susan Sarandon and more? You have to see this Neo Yokio trailer.
Now set for a September 22 premiere, the new series is described as “a postmodern collage of homages to classic anime, English literature and modern New York fashion and culture.” Neo Yokio was created by Koenig, writer/executive producer Nick Weidenfeld and Friends Night, in collaboration with Japanese anime studios Production IG and Studio Deen, along with Seoul-based MOI.
Impressive voice talents include Jaden Smith, Susan Sarandon, Jude Law, Tavi Gevinson, Jason Schwartzman, Desus & Mero, Richard Ayoade, Ike Barinholtz, Steve Buscemi, Alexa Chung, Stephen Fry, Katy Mixon, Annet Mahendru, Kiernan Shipka, Willow Smith and Amandla Stenberg, while the full synopsis reads:
Welcome to Neo Yokio, the greatest city in the world. It’s the most populous urban agglomeration in North America, but its prestige does not merely stem from its size. Neo Yokio is a diverse labyrinth of cultural and architectural innovation at the forefront of global fashion and finance.
All of this is cold comfort to the lovesick Kaz Kaan (Jaden Smith), the youngest member of a family of “magistocrats” – pink-haired demon slayers who once liberated the city. Today, his demon-slaying is barely more than a side-hustle coordinated by his Aunt Agatha (Susan Sarandon) - Kaz himself would rather concern himself with shopping, field hockey and - of course – mending his broken heart.
Always by Kaz’s side are his faithful mecha-butler, Charles (Jude Law), and his inseparable friends Lexy and Gottlieb (The Kid Mero and Desus Nice) as he navigates the complexities of life in Neo Yokio and tries to stay one step ahead of his arch-rival, Neo Yokio’s number one most eligible bachelor, Arcangelo Corelli (Jason Schwartzman.)
Things take a mysterious turn when Kaz is drawn into the turbulent world of ex-fashion blogger Helena St. Tessero (Tavi Gevinson), setting in motion a sequence of events that force him to question everything he knows about Neo Yokio.
All six episodes will drop on Friday, September 22. Good luck out there, everyone!