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 had a bit of a confused run this summer with some of it set to stay and others disappear. That had it all going away in early July 2019 and now Netflix is back with it. Both seasons are available in full form.
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.