In a few weeks, we will all be glued to our screens watching the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. But between waiting for the rainy season to end and the Games to start, there are a host of new Netflix titles to catch in the meantime.
Some of you might still be going through the second season of “The Naked Director,” which launched on the platform last month, but the July lineup has plenty of serious contenders, including one. documentary on Naomi Osaka and an animated series based on the horror video game. Resident Evil’. Here are the most promising new productions to look forward to as we enter a new month. (Note that regional restrictions may apply.)
Synopsis: After winning a historic match against Serena Williams at the 2018 US Open, 20-year-old tennis player Naomi Osaka has been named world champion by the Women’s Tennis Association. What followed was a flurry of branded deals, sponsorships and interviews (the latest being the star of Vogue Japan) as the world turned its gaze to the first Asian tennis player to be ranked number one. As the Tokyo Olympics draw near, this memorable documentary series covers her triumphs and tribulations in defending the title of world champion.
Overview: This three-part mini-series covers different aspects of Naomi Osaka’s life, from her successful career as a professional tennis player to her multicultural background as a young Haitian-Japanese woman raised in the United States.
Available July 13.
Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness
Synopsis: Leon S Kennedy investigates an attempted hack into the White House when the building is infiltrated by a horde of zombies. Meanwhile, halfway across the world, human rights activist Claire Redfield digs into a possible plot for another zombie outbreak. When the two paths cross, they discover that their respective wires are connected.
Overview: Franchise adaptations rarely translate well across all mediums, but Netflix’s latest CG animated series is a welcome exception to the rule. Comprised of four 30-minute episodes, the series is produced in a way that does not require the viewer to have played the games to understand the story. More importantly, it also avoids rehashing the intrigues of the original video games. Overseen by Capcom’s Hiroyuki Kobayashi and produced by TMS Entertainment, this English-language series is another gripping project that is part of Netflix’s initiative to bring more original anime to the platform.
Available July 8.
The Way of Spice and Spice
Synopsis: Kenta Sarukawa (Akito Kiriyama) has just been hired as a sales promoter at a beverage company in Osaka. On her first outing to a restaurant with her colleagues, Kenta is taken aback by the spicy character of all the dishes. Apparently, Kenta’s new boss considers eating hot food to be one of the secrets to success, and Kenta quickly finds herself drawn to the curious practice.
Overview: Want to know how to start a fire in your stomach? According to this show, the key is to add as much spice as possible to your food. From one mouthwatering dish to the next, consider this to be the gekira (super spicy) version of the beloved Midnight Diner series.
Available July 8.
Synopsis: Haru (Mugi Kodowaki) is a brooding, introverted artist who has a knack for expressing herself through song. When she finds out that her colleague Reo (Nana Komatsu) is also a musician, Haru suggests that they form a musical duo named Haru-Reo. When the couple welcome a new band member called Shima (Ryo Narita), a former employee of the host club, things get complicated and the band members find themselves in a sticky love triangle.
Overview: More often than not, forming a group has a lot to do with making things work with people who have complicated personalities while still struggling to make a living from your passion. This low-key independent drama captures the difficult reality of getting big in music with a series of beautiful songs that make the film worth watching.
Available July 8.
Synopsis: Kyoko Hori is one of the most popular girls in school, admired for her looks as well as her excellent grades. Her classmate Izumi Miyamura is the opposite, often keeping to himself and appearing to be anti-social. While on the surface they appear to be two completely different people, Kyoko and Izumi each discover that the other has a different side that they keep hidden from their peers. As the couple spend more and more time together, they feel more and more comfortable being the more authentic versions of themselves.
Overview: Based on the original manga of the same name, this drama that draws opposites is a heartwarming story to remind you that we are more alike than we realize. Daisuke Hagiwara, who is one of mangaka (manga artists) of the comic book series, is credited as the writer of the series starring Suzuki Ouji as Izumi and Kubota Says as Kyoko.
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