5 new Japanese movies and series coming to Netflix in October



Have you finished gorging on “Squid Game” and don’t know who to turn to? October is a good time for a marathon of horror movies and Halloween classics, but if you’re not in the mood for scares and blood-curdling thrillers, Netflix has a mix of genres, so you won’t. don’t feel left out.

On the schedule this month is the 3D animated film Doraemon (and its sequel), as well as another Netflix-exclusive samurai anime and a documentary on Japanese alternative rock band One Ok Rock. Keep in mind that not all of these shows will offer English subtitles and regional restrictions may apply.

Stand by Me Doraemon

Synopsis: Although he has a good heart, Grade 5 Nobita struggles to fit in with his peers and regularly receives poor grades in school. One day, Nobita meets a stranger who is actually Nobita’s great-great-grandson from the future. Nobita’s grandson, Sewashi, warns Nobita that if he doesn’t change his ways, his future and his lineage will suffer.

Sewashi is accompanied by an earless robot cat called Doraemon, who agrees to stay and help Nobita change the course of her life before returning to the 22nd century. Although Doraemon has a bottomless pocket full of futuristic gadgets that work like magic, Nobita quickly realizes that gadgets alone might not be enough for her to overcome her biggest challenges or win the heart of her longtime crush, Shizuka. .

Overview: An icon recognized by people around the world, Doraemon is a beloved and popular creation of Fujio F. Fujiko. Those who grew up watching Doraemon or reading the manga may not be used to seeing the infamous characters in the 3D anime format, but with the 2014 film taking off where the manga begins and featuring an array of ‘wonderful inventions, viewers will quickly see that the film stays true to the same familiar story they remember from their childhood. Incidentally, Netflix will also be releasing the sequel to the film at the same time – “Stand by Me 2” – which premiered in theaters across Japan last year.

Available October 1st.

Animated monster
Photo: Mad House


Synopsis: Kenzo Tenma is a talented Japanese surgeon who lives in Düsseldorf, Germany. Although he is a successful and highly respected figure in the hospital where he works, Tenma sometimes at odds with hospital policy and protocols for treating patients. When a boy named Jonan is shot in the head and is admitted to the emergency room just before the mayor, Tenma takes a stand and decides to operate on Jonan first. Although Tenma lost his status when the mayor did not survive, a series of mysterious deaths among his colleagues led Tenma to become head of the hospital in the years following the incident.

Overview: Despite its title, this widely acclaimed animated series does not feature the ghoulish and otherworldly creatures as seen in “Attack on Titan” or “One Punch Man”, but that does not make the “monster” in question any less. sinister. A beautifully executed animated adaptation of Naoki Urasawa’s eponymous manga, ‘Monster’ is a sharp and penetrating thriller for anyone who enjoys a complex storyline with clever twists.

Available October 1st.

Flip a Coin: One Ok Rock Documentary

Synopsis: Japanese rock band One Ok Rock was set to go on a world tour when the Covid-19 pandemic struck, forcing the group to cancel travel plans and in-person concerts. With thousands of fans disheartened by the uncertainty of when they could attend the group’s concerts, One Ok Rock decided to devote the following months to producing a virtual concert that would uplift their fans and generate the same energy as their best live performances.

Overview: ‘Flip A Coin ‘presents an intimate look at Japanese rock band One Ok Rock. It chronicles the journeys of Takahiro Moriuchi, Toru Yamashita, Ryota Kohama and Tomoya Kanki from their rehearsal beginnings as starving artists until now. Showcasing a series of remarkable hits that have taken Japan (and the world) by storm, the documentary focuses on the extraordinary three-month process the group went through to produce their first live concert ‘Field of Wonder’ in 2020. .

Available October 21.

Barbara de Tezuka

Synopsis: Yosuke Mikura (Goro Inagaki) is a successful novelist, but although his books are popular, he feels ambivalent about his own writing. Things take a turn when Yosuke meets Barbara (Fumi Nikaido), a beautiful but chaotic young woman with an aversion to routine and a drinking problem. With Barbara as his muse, Yosuke is able to make his writing more interesting, but his life quickly becomes tangled as he gets lost in his obsession.

Overview: Inspired by ‘The Tales of Hoffman’, manga artist Osamu Tezuka (creator of ‘Astro Boy’) wrote his vision for the series through a manga called ‘Barbara’. Released in 2019, this neon-black film adaptation is directed by none other than Osamu Tezuka’s eldest son, Macoto Tezuka. Unlike some of Osamu Tezuka’s more popular works, “Barbara” is an erotic story of an erotic nature, full of bizarre twists, bloodshed, and even occultism. “Barabara” might fit the definition of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, but it’s not your typical “Ruby Sparks” romantic comedy.

Available October 1st.

Brilliant: samurai soul

Synopsis: At the turn of the Meiji Restoration, a powerful wand puts an end to the war and brings peace to Japan for a transition into the new era. It was around this time that the one-eyed ronin Izou and an Orc assassin encountered a young elf girl named Sonya on different occasions. When it is revealed that Sonya is the keeper of the Mighty Wand and must return it to the North Elves, the unlikely trio must travel together and protect the wand from being used to revive an evil force known as the Dark Lord. .

Overview: It’s the “Lord of the Rings” who meets feudal Japan in this new Netflix exclusive anime. “Samurai Soul” is actually a spin-off of the 2017 live-action movie “Bright” (starring Will Smith), but while the original film took place in today’s Los Angeles, this anime turns out to be takes place in Japan at the dawn of the Meiji Restoration.

Available October 1st.

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