Most of us are chained to our screens after the excitement unfolding on FIFA World Cup. But when you’re not rooting for your favorite teams, consider checking out these noteworthy titles coming to Netflix this December. Coming soon we have a curious new show featuring Sanrio’s sluggish egg character Gudetama, as well as a new Seven Deadly Sins spin-off for anime lovers.
And, of course, the long-awaited second season of Alice in the Borderlands. It’s been two years since the show debuted on Netflix in December 2020, and we’ve been on our toes waiting to find out what’s next for Arisu in this dark dystopia. The new episodes won’t air until December 22, so you still have time to refresh your memory by relaunching the show or watching these. behind-the-scenes trivia from the first season.
Please be aware that not all of these films and shows will offer English subtitles and regional restrictions may apply.
Gudetama: egg adventure
Summary: Gudetama is a lazy egg who is not bothered by the prospect of being on anyone’s plate and is happy to spend the rest of his existence lounging around doing nothing special. On the other hand, Gudetama’s hatched companion, Shakipieyo, is determined to take control of their fate and leave the refrigerator in search of something more meaningful. Together, Shakipiyo and the headstrong Gudetama embark on a journey through Tokyo to find their mother, encountering a group of eccentric characters along the way.
Review: When Sanrio first introduced Gudetama to the world in 2013, the masses immediately fell in love with the absurd image of an egg with well-defined buttocks and a comically lazy disposition, a trait that millennials have declared refreshingly close. This new series promises to show fans a new side of Gudetama with an inspiring adventure that is sure to lead to some character development.
Available December 13th.
Alice in the Border Country (Season 2)
Summary: Ryohei Arisu (Kento Yamazaki) finds himself in a real-life video game where players must participate in dangerous trials to stay alive. The surrounding dystopia is very similar to Tokyo, but Aris and his new comrades have never been able to figure out how they even ended up there. As they race to hunt down the game’s designers, Arisu and other players must fight to survive an increasingly sinister round of challenges.
Review: Live-action Netflix manga or anime adaptations tend to be poorly received by audiences, but this series makes a strong impression. Directed by video game director and designer Shinsuke Sato, this second season of Alice in the Borderlands looks like a promising continuation of the first season with more thrilling action and eerie images of the deserted Tokyo.
Available December 22nd.
It’s a flickering life
Summary: Go (Kenji Sawada) is a slacker father who spends more time gambling than with his family. Although his wife Yoshiko (Nobuko Miyamoto) has become disillusioned with their relationship, Goh still harbors a passion for his first love: cinema. Only when he is visited by the so-called “movie god” (like the ghost of last Christmas, but for films) and reflects on the ambitious young filmmaker he was fifty years ago, does Goh reevaluate the man. he became.
Review: Academy Award winner Yoji Yamada (Tokyo Family) directs this heartbreaking drama based on Maha Harada’s deeply personal novel, inspired by her own family and life experiences. Featuring brilliant performances from screen legends Kenji Sawada and Lily Frankie, this timely film celebrates 100 years of family filmmaking giant Shochiku.
Available December 1st.
The Seven Deadly Sins: The Malice of Edinburgh (Part One)
Summary: Tristan inherited the abilities of his parents, Meliodas and Elizabeth, and now must use his supernatural powers to protect Britain from sinister forces. Despite the weight of this huge responsibility, Tristan has a good chance of winning the battle with the support of his new friends from the fairy and giant clans.
Review: The latest spin-off of this franchise, adapted from the popular manga series by Nakaba Suzuki, connects the stories of The Seven Deadly Sins with The Four Knights of the Apocalypse. This is the first part of a two-part film, the second half of which is expected to be released on Netflix at a later date.
Available December 20th.
No matter how dark the night is
Summary: Tomonari Shiga is a diligent investigative journalist who is infamous for his work in uncovering scandals. Then one day, Tomonori gets caught up in his own media frenzy when his son is accused of committing a murder-suicide. He vows to clear his son’s name, but the accusations and rumors quickly spiral out of control, Tomonori struggles to get the story under control and begins to question how well he really knew his own son.
Review: Such Kamikawa shines in its greatest performance in this tale of pain, loss and reconciliation. Originally aired in 2020, this four-episode mini-series was adapted from the novel of the same name by Shichiri Nakayama by screenwriter Tetsuya Oishi.
Available December 5th.
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