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Netflix Announces ‘Knights of Sidonia’ Second Anime Season

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Knights of Sidonia Season 2Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine, the second season of the series, has been teased a bit as coming to Netflix for a bit now and it was largely a given that it would make its worldwide debut there outside of Japan. Netflix has now confirmed that today that the series will indeed launch and it’ll happen on July 3rd, 2015. All twelve episodes will debut on the service and they’ve launched a new trailer for it below.

You can read our review of the first season here, which was released in a beautiful collector’s edition set from Sentai Filmworks.

The cast for this season wasn’t revealed, just the Japanese cast, but the cast for the first season (at least those that survived) are expected to reprise their roles:

Johnny Yong Bosch as Nagate Tanikaze
Alexi Shi as Shizuka Hoshijiro
Becca Ordonez as Hinata Momose
Cindy Robinson as Samari Ittan, Sasaki
Cristina Valenzuela as Honoka Series
Doug Erholtz as Izumo Midorikawa
Erin Fitzgerald as Mozuku Kunato
Grant George as Mochikuni Akai
Jane Carroll as Lalah Hiyama
Joey Lotsko as Ichirō Seii
Joie Marlowe as Izana Shinatose
Karen Strassman as Eiko Yamano
Lindsay Torrance as Yuhata Midorikawa
Michael Sorich as Shinsuke Tanba
Pete Sepenuk as Ochiai
Reba Buhr as Numi Tahiro
Spike Spencer as Kouichi Tsuruuchi
Stephanie Sheh as Shizuka Hoshijiro
Steve Heiser as Kashiwade Aoki
Todd Haberkorn as Norio Kunato
Wendee Lee as Captain Kobayashi

The season has the subtitle of Battle for Planet Nine and is bringing back the same team from the first at POLYGON PICTURES with Hiroyuki Seshita moving up from assistant direct to the main director while Sadayuki Murai is on board once again for the scripts.

Plot Concept: Outer space, the far future.

A lone seed ship, the Sidonia, plies the void, ten centuries since the obliteration of the solar system. The massive, nearly indestructible, yet barely sentient alien life forms that destroyed humanity’s home world continue to pose an existential threat. Nagate Tanikaze has only known life in the vessel’s bowels deep below the sparkling strata where humans have achieved photosynthesis and new genders. Not long after he emerges from the Underground, however, the youth is bequeathed a treasured legacy by the spaceship’s coolheaded female captain. Meticulously drawn, peppered with clipped humor, but also unusually attentive to plot and structure for the international cult favorite, Knights of Sidonia may be Tsutomu Nihei’s most accessible work to date even as it hits notes of tragic grandeur as a hopeless struggle for survival unfolds.

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