Netflix has content spreading across so many genres that it can essentially be a one-stop shop for decent programming (cancellations notwithstanding).
Anime has become a prominent feature of Netflix’s programming with it owning some heavy hitters such as Seven Deadly Sins and the upcoming Carole & Tuesday. Animated shows are also prevalent on the streaming giant with such originals as She Ra & The Princesses of Power and Voltron.
Now, Cannon Busters. Finally.
Cannon Busters: The Animated Series is an adaption of an American fantasy comic by LeSean Thomas who has an impressive resume including The Boondocks, Black Dynamite, The Legend of Korra, and his original animated short Children of Ether which streamed on the anime service Crunchyroll.
Cannon Busters’ first issue was published in 2005, and a kickstarter to fund the animated series started in 2014 with the initial first episode being released to backers in 2016. Netflix has delayed the series several times in 2019, but it will finally be released on August 15, 2019. Honestly, it feels good to have yet another anime with black characters, and this one has a main cast of them!
The series follows S.A.M, a high-end friendship robot who ends up as part of an unlikely trio including a discarded maintenance robot and a deadly fugitive. “Together, the trio embarks on an unforgettable journey in a fantastic and dangerous world in search of S.A.M’s best friend, the heir to a powerful kingdom under siege,” LeSean describes in an interview. The 12-episode first season will give a refreshing look at black characters in this fantasy world while sticking to an anime art style. LeSean Thomas is already setting the stage by being an African American man having created this Netflix original anime. Add the protagonist being a female of color in a fantasy genre animated series and we have a slew of representation we’ve been waiting for.