The First Trailer For Netflix Anime Parody Neo Yokio Showcases Its Bonkers Cast

The First Trailer For Netflix Anime Parody Neo Yokio Showcases Its Bonkers Cast

Jaden Smith, Steve Buscemi, Jude Law, Susan Sarandon, Desus and Mero, Jason Schwartzman, and Tavi Gevinson, all doing voice work for a semi-satirical anime set in a hipster-future New York City? OK.

In Neo Yokio, Jaden Smith plays Kaz Kaan, a character described as “the #1 most eligible bachelor and demon slayer”. From the looks of this first trailer, the creators of Neo Yokio — Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig chief amongst them — know that people will be rolling their eyes at this thing’s very existence. The whole things smacks of a bunch of bold-faced names coming together to send up the genre conventions of a trendy medium. But it could also be very funny because of that. Here’s the official press release:

From creator, writer and executive producer Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), writer/executive producer Nick Weidenfeld and his Friends Night banner, Neo Yokio is a new animated series starring the voice talents of Jaden Smith, Susan Sarandon, Jude Law, Tavi Gevinson, Jason Schwartzman, and Desus & Mero, along with Richard Ayoade, Ike Barinholtz, Steve Buscemi, Alexa Chung, Stephen Fry, Katy Mixon, Annet Mahendru, Kiernan Shipka, Willow Smith and Amanda Stenberg. A collaboration with Japanese anime studios Production IG and Studio Deen, along with MOI, the Seoul-based animation studio, the series is a postmodern collage of homages to classic anime, English literature and modern New York fashion and culture. Storyboard artists for the series include Kazuhiro Furuhashi (Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, Hunter x Hunter, Rurouni Kenshin) and Junji Nishimura (Ranma 1/2, Urusei Yatsura, Pro Golfer Saru).

Neo Yokio starts streaming on Netflix on September 22.


  • I dunno… having seen the way anime series parody anime, this one feels played too close too chest. Not outrageous enough to make clear that it is lampooning the rote tropes that make its story, instead of merely making a collection of them. And so, it seem hardly different of the series that straight out employ those tropes.

  • That looks bloody awful, maybe they had to make this to get Will to star in a netflix movie lol

  • That was terrible. Voices sound really disconnected from the characters.
    Want something semi-satirical? Watch One punch man. It is so much better than this.

    • agree, it was more badly done anime than satire. Maybe cause it reminds me of all those bad flash animations of the 2000’s.

      also… Excel saga for the win

  • The art style sucks! reminds me of that god awful Totally Spies show. I’ll give it a go though, at the very least it may be good background noise.

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