JOHN WICK Director Working On New LAZARUS Anime Series

JOHN WICK Director Working On New LAZARUS Anime Series JOHN WICK Director Working On New LAZARUS Anime Series

A brand new anime series has been announced, and it is set to showcase loads of talent including John Wick director Chad Stahelski, Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe, and more!

By JPD - Jul 20, 2023 04:07 PM EST
Filed Under: John Wick
Source: Twitter

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We've got brand new information about the new anime series that will soon be debuting on Adult Swim's Toonami block! The news was released to the public by Hollywood news outlet, Variety. According to Variety, famed anime director Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop) and John Wick director Chad Stahelski, who created the action sequences for the new series, will collaborate on the LAZARUS series at studio MAPPA.

LAZARUS will have a jazz-infused score with electronic music elements thanks to the work of musicians like saxophonist Kamasi Washington, producer, DJ, and musician Floating Points, and producer, DJ, and musician Bonobo. This is in keeping with Watanabe's thematic emphasis on weaving music throughout every series he is involved in. 

Check out the official Twitter announcement for the upcoming anime series below:

During San Diego Comic-Con, Watanabe will make a formal announcement about the LAZARUS anime at the Adult Swim Festival as a part of the Comic-Con event "Toonami on the Green".

Not familiar with the new anime series, LAZARUS? We've got you covered below:

The year is 2052 – an era of unprecedented peace and prosperity prevails across the globe. The reason for this: mankind has been freed from sickness and pain. Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Dr. Skinner has developed a miracle cure-all drug with no apparent drawbacks called Hapuna. Hapuna soon becomes ubiquitous… and essential. However, soon after Hapuna is officially introduced, Dr. Skinner vanishes.

Three years later, the world has moved on. But Dr. Skinner has returned – this time, as a harbinger of doom. Skinner announces that Hapuna has a short half-life. Everyone who has taken it will die approximately three years later. Death is coming for this sinful world – and coming soon.

As a response to this threat, a special task force of 5 agents is gathered from across the world to save humanity from Skinner’s plan. This group is called “Lazarus.” Can they find Skinner and develop a vaccine before time runs out?

Are you going to the San Diego Comic-Con? What are your thoughts on the new anime series LAZARUS? Sound off in the comments below with your thoughts on the upcoming series! We're excited to learn more about it, especially having Chad Stahelski and Shinichiro Watanabe involved!

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FireandBlood - 7/20/2023, 4:34 PM
I wanna see a Chad Stahelski Deathstroke movie.

JonAwesome - 7/20/2023, 4:39 PM
@PlusUltra - as long as someone can keep him reigned in. John Wick 4 was awesome but honestly it was a beating to get through! Too much action.
Superspecialawesomeguy - 7/20/2023, 4:41 PM
Wait the director of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo is behind this?

Syringe - 7/20/2023, 5:07 PM
As a lifelong anime enthusiast, I've still never been able to understand the critical acclaim of Cowboy Bebop. I've even watched YouTube vids analyzing and deconstructing the episodes, so I'm somewhat familiar with the larger themes at play. Yet, I just don't see how the series is so universally adored. Don't get me wrong, it's an entertaining series but it doesn't quite reach the heights of other titles, imo.
dragon316 - 7/21/2023, 8:16 AM
@Syringe - problem is you analyze and deconstructed anime series as critic your not watching as anime does it have your attention does keep you involved do you like watching it does make you want watch more episodes see how it ends if not not every anime manga is for everyone same with movies tv shows people love revenant I was board watching it same with captain marvel but there people out there that fans of those movies.,
bobevanz - 7/20/2023, 5:14 PM
So he's doing this AND Ghost of Tsushima? Hmm, I'm still more interested in the latter. The game was top notch head to toe
bobevanz - 7/20/2023, 5:15 PM
@bobevanz - ah this is a mappa anime, well this makes more sense. Woo hoo!
Origame - 7/20/2023, 5:53 PM
@bobevanz - just got a ps5 and want to get that before the sequel comes out. Heard it's basically the Japanese assassins creed we never got.
ModHaterSLADE - 7/20/2023, 5:15 PM
Nice team for this.
GhostDog - 7/20/2023, 5:41 PM
Watanabe is the sell here. Can’t wait for this
McMurdo - 7/20/2023, 8:06 PM
Hunter x Hunter > all that other shit

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