May is finally here, and with the May flowers comes plenty of new animated content for families and more mature audiences. Including theatrical releases in addition to direct-to-streaming options, here are six new anime movies and TV shows arriving in May.
DreamWorks Dragons: The Nine Realms returns for a second season
With the How to train your dragon trilogy acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its striking visuals, mature themes, and complex characters, it’s no wonder its small-screen spinoff Dragons: The Nine Kingdoms also received praise, earning it a renewal for the second season.
Set 1300 years after the original movies, The Nine Kingdoms navigates the existence of dragons in the modern world. After a geological phenomenon splits the Earth, scientists from around the world flock to the huge caverns, accompanied by a group of misfit children who discover that the fissure has hidden thousands of dragons. Now kids must protect the dragons of the world and uncover mystical secrets along the way.
DreamWorks Dragons: The Nine Realms Season 2 premieres on Hulu on May 5.
Marmaduke is full of top talent
Originally appearing as a cartoon column in the newspaper, nothing quite speaks to old-school nostalgia quite like Marmaduke the dog and his goofy adventures. More recently comes a new feature centered around Marmaduke’s fate to win a prestigious dog show with the help of legendary dog trainer Guy Hilton. With Pete Davidson and JK Simmons, Marmaduke is sure to provide laughs and lighthearted antics for family-oriented audiences.
Marmaduke will premiere on Netflix on May 6.
Vampire in the Garden is highly anticipated by Wit Studio fans
From Netflix and Wit Studio, the powerhouse behind iconic anime such as The attack of the Titans and Vinland Sagacome vampire in the garden – a series that is already looking to cement Netflix’s place as a facilitator of high-quality anime.
Revolving around the broken relationship between humans and vampires, the prospect of peace between the warring species falls into the hands of a young violin prodigy and vampire queen. In an unlikely turn of events, the only thing that brings the two women — and perhaps the two species — together is a love of music and a desire to expand their established worldview.
Vampire in the Garden premieres on Netflix on May 16.
Love, Death & Robots Volume 3 Features Different Animation Styles
As interest in mature animated content continues to grow, acclaimed Netflix Original anthology Love, death and robots is set to release a third volume of short stories featuring the latest animation techniques and a variety of storytelling styles.
The show lives up to its name, as it covers themes of love, death, and robots while landing on heavy emotional beats and, surprisingly, occasional comedic elements. With shorts ranging from light-hearted stories of tourist robots to heavier tales of a gruesome murder, Love, death and robots has a story for every viewer’s preferences.
Love, Death & Robots Volume 3 will premiere on Netflix on May 20.
Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Season 2 tackles cybercrime
ghost in the shell is probably a household name among anime enthusiasts, and not without reason – or controversy. The original animated film aired in 1995 and quickly became a cult classic with fans, though other adaptations have historically met with mixed reviews at best. Fortunately, Ghost in the shell: SAC_2045 seems like a redeeming factor for eagle-eyed fans and is now returning with a second season.
Acting as a sequel to the original film, SAC_2045 follows cyborg Motoko Kusanagi as she attempts to combat the growing number of cybercrimes among enhanced individuals known as “cyberbrains”. At the head of an anti-crime task force, it’s up to Motoko to restore peace to an augmented world.
Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Season 2 premieres on Netflix on May 23.
Bob’s Burgers Movie Celebrates Mayhem, Family, and Burgers
When it comes to iconic animated sitcoms, Bob’s Burgers undoubtedly holds a high place on the list. Originally airing in 2011, the series ran for 12 seasons with no end in sight. And now, Bob’s Burgers movie information is on the horizon, with updated animation and a theatrical release.
Centered on the Belcher family as they try to make ends meet at their restaurant, Bob’s Burgers is praised for its witty dialogues and unique characters. While not much information is known about the details of the upcoming film, the trailer revealed that the Belcher family is pressed for time as they find a way to pay the money they owe or risk losing. lose his restaurant. With many long running gags and a plethora of side characters, Bob’s Burgers Film is not to be missed.
The Bob’s Burgers movie hits theaters on May 27.
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