A lot of classic animes have been getting live-action adaptations as series or movies, with Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop the latest to drop on the streamer this week.
Fans who loved the original with its mix of noir and sci-fi elements are hoping the live-action series does the anime justice. But for those who are just tuning in without any expectations, the series starring John Cho, Mustafa Shakir and Daniella Pineda looks like a fun space adventure.
Epic fantasy books have also proven to be popular material for streamers to adapt. This weekend, Amazon Prime is dropping the first three episodes of The Wheel of Time, based on Robert Jordan’s book series. Starring Gone Girl's Rosamund Pike as Moiraine, The Wheel of Time is reportedly Amazon's second most expensive TV production next to The Lord of the Rings series, which is coming in September 2022.
Here’s a roundup of some of the latest movies and shows released this week on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
The Wheel of Time
Synopsis: Moiraine, a member of a magical organization, takes five young people on a journey, believing that one of them might be the reincarnation of the Dragon, a powerful individual prophesied to save the world or destroy it.
Synopsis: Long on style and perpetually short on cash, bounty hunters Spike, Jet and Faye trawl the solar system looking for jobs. But can they outrun Spike's past?
Synopsis: On the brink of turning 30, a promising theater composer navigates love, friendship and the pressure to create something great before time runs out.
Synopsis: Unearthly beings deliver bloody condemnations, sending individuals to hell and giving rise to a religious group founded on the idea of divine justice.
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Synopsis: Five years after Chicago was destroyed, humans have turned against all robots. But a single dad and inventor resurrects one that may save the world.
The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star
Synopsis: When a priceless Christmas relic is stolen, royal look-alikes Margaret and Stacy turn to audacious doppelgänger Fiona — and her dashing ex — for help.
Riverdale (Season 6)
Synopsis: While navigating the troubled waters of sex, romance, school and family, teen Archie and his gang become entangled in a dark Riverdale mystery.
Synopsis: Six celebrities devise strategies to earn virtual currency they can cash in on the final day of their stay on a utopian island.
Pan de Salawal
Synopsis: An ill-stricken community gets their dose of miracles from a 7-year old Aguy who violently hurts the sick as her magical way of healing them.
Synopsis: In serach of answers on love and life, four half-sisters with different lifestyles help each other navigate relationships and personal hang-ups.