Netflix has done it again with NEO YOKIO
What the hell Netflix?!
This has not been your summer. Or year for that matter.
First Death Note, now THIS!
This "Netflix Original" did not make it on to my radar this weekend for some reason. And the only reason that I even found out about it, was through a random post that popped up in my IG feed.
I wish it hadn't. Because I couldn't even finish episode 2, let alone 6.
Ok, it might be a generational thing (I highly doubt it) but I don't get why some people (millennials and younger) think that this show is soooo "different."
You want to know what is different? And the list is long. But to name a few:
Boondocks was different
Afro Samurai was different
Space Dandy was different
Michiko & Hatchin was different
And so on and so on.
These were cutting edge.
All this show does is magnifies the over glorification of consumerism, classism & celebrity in the world aka America for sure. And even with that said, I don't know if the creators are shaming it or celebrating it.
The writing is by no means witty or hilarious. I am not sure why Kaz is a demon-slayer that seems to be more concerned with fashion and being a socialite. And is he a man or a teenager? I'm so confused. And basically, Jaden Smith's voice makes me feel like my skin is being slowly snatched off.
Here is the plot from IMDb:
Welcome to Neo Yokio, the greatest city in the world. It's the most populous urban agglomeration in North America, but its prestige does not merely stem from its size. Neo Yokio is a diverse labyrinth of cultural and architectural innovation at the forefront of global fashion and finance. All of this is cold comfort to the lovesick Kaz Kaan (Jaden Smith), the youngest member of a family of: "magistocrats" - pink-haired demon slayers who once liberated the city. Today, his demon-slaying is barely more than a side-hustle coordinated by his Aunt Agatha (Susan Sarandon) - Kaz himself would rather concern himself with shopping, field hockey and - of course - mending his broken heart. Always by Kaz's side are his faithful mecha-butler, Charles (Jude Law), and his inseparable friends Lexy and Gottlieb (The Kid Mero and Desus Nice) as he navigates the complexities of life in Neo Yokio and tries to stay one step ahead of his arch-rival, Neo Yokio's number one most eligible bachelor, Arcangelo Corelli (Jason Schwartzman.) Things take a mysterious turn when Kaz is drawn into the turbulent world of ex-fashion blogger Helena St. Tessero (Tavi Gevinson), setting in motion a sequence of events that force him to question everything he knows about Neo Yokio.
And the references to popular anime of the past aren't lost on me, like the "Tuxedo Mask" image reference above, or the singer named "Sailor," or even his robot butler that looks like a Transformer.
Still, nothing about this is smart or witty, if that is what they are going for.
A little bit of hard f-bombs and some old & new school slang is thrown in, and they thought that would be so freaking awesome. (Insert fake thumbs up.)
And I also believe that the creators (Jaden Smith and friend Ezra Koenig) may have thought that if they threw some heavy hitters in the cast, that would be an instant win; like all the Studio Ghibli Movies.
Cast includes: Jaden Smith, Jude Law, Tavi Gevinson, Susan Sarandon, The Kid Mero, Desus Nice, Jason Schwartzman
I am sorry but this is/was a waste of time.
All that I can think of, is that there are TONS of minority artist dying to break through to mainstream anime (whether network or streaming tv) with ground breaking content, and this steaming bag of hot mess gets green lit !!!
Oh, well. Netflix, I am losing faith in the old friend.