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.