Netflix’s executive director for anime, Taito Okiura, has made several big announcements regarding the streaming service’s new anime line-ups. One of the biggest surprises has got to be the fact that they will be adapting Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldissimo Filipino graphic novel series, Trese.

According to Netflix, “Trese” is set in a Manila where the mythical creatures of Philippine folklore live in hiding amongst humans. Based on the Philippine graphic novel of the same name, by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldissimo, the story sees a woman who finds herself going head to head with a criminal underworld comprised of malevolent supernatural beings. It is produced Shanty Harmayn and Tanya Yuson at BASE Entertainment, a studio based in Jakarta and Singapore. Executive producer is Jay Oliva (“Wonder Woman,” “The Legend of Korra”).

So far, they haven’t revealed any further details yet, but expect Filipino mythology and folklore to take center stage. The graphic novel series has gotten plenty of love back in the Philippines, where many gain hope that the new adaptation will spark interest in the local comic scene. And with the success of other Netflix-exclusive anime like Fate/Apocrypha, Kakegurui, and B: The Beginning, this may popularize other Southeast Asian works as well.

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source: Variety


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