With both seasons having had their streaming run worldwide on Netflix and Sentai Filmworks delivering some strong collector’s edition releases in North America, things are changing for the Knights of Sidonia anime once again. Netflix was listing a July 3rd, 2019 expiration date for the series on the service but that was removed for the first season. Then it turned out they only put episodes 2 through 12 up, which was certainly odd enough in itself. Now, all of the episodes for the first season have disappeared, leaving just a placeholder page for the show. At this point, it’s unclear as to what the end result will be for the show on the service.
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.