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Jaden Smith Stars in New Anime Series Created by Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig

By: Jon Hvasta
Jaden Smith Stars in New Anime Series Created by Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig

by Modern Spaceman

3 months ago

For those of you Vampire Weekend fans that have been patiently waiting for an album since 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City, we have some answers. The band's frontman, Ezra Koenig, has been hard at work creating his own Anime series, with Jaden Smith as his lead role.

Created, written, and directed by Ezra Koenig with help from writer/producer Nick Weidenfeld, Neo Yokio is an anime series focusing around Kaz Kaan (Jaden Smith) and his robot Charles (Jude Law) as they face off against foes from across the galaxy. Kaz, a ”magistocrat”, is one of many in his city; rich, power-possessing and pink-haired. That however, is about all he shares with his demon slaying colleagues.


While Kaz has all the ability in the world - not to mention a “sacred duty” to fight evil - he’s also a teenager that wants to do teenager things. Whether he’s playing field hockey, shopping with his best friends (voiced by Desus & Mero), or dealing with a love interest, balancing his two lives is near impossible. The series also includes a voiceover from Susan Sarandon as Kaz’s “Aunt Agatha”, among many other prestigious voice-actors.

Available through Netflix on Friday, September 22nd, Neo Yokio is described as “A postmodern collage of homages to classic anime, English literature and modern New York fashion and culture”. Netflix also chose to use their home-based animation studios along with Seoul-based animation studio, MOI. The combination should make for a good crossover of American and Asian culture, and it highlights Netflix’s continued efforts to stock up on Anime series’, old and new, for late 2017 and 2018.


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