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Takeshi Kovacs has a new case to solve in Netflix’s anime feature Altered Carbon: Resleeved

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Have you finished watching Altered Carbon season two and feeling blue that it’s all over so soon? Well Netflix might just have you covered with Altered Carbon: Resleeved.

It’s an anime feature movie from writers Dai Satō – whose resume includes work on titles such as Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Eureka Seven, and Ergo Proxy – and Tsukasa Kondo that tells a new Takeshi Kovacs tale within the Altered Carbon universe. It’s directed by Jō Nakajima (Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV) and Yoshiyuki Okada, with the character design by Yasuo Ohtagaki (Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt).

The short and sweet official plot synopsis is as follows:

On the planet Latimer, Takeshi Kovacs must protect a tattooist while investigating the death of a yakuza boss alongside a no-nonsense CTAC [agent].

In case you’ve never watched the series or read the books and you’re wondering what CTAC is, it stands for the Colonial Tactical Assault Corps, and is essentially a Protectorate (the interplanetary government that controls much of human space in the Altered Carbon universe) special forces unit that’s tasked with keeping order by any means necessary.

Let’s take a look:

Well I’ll be damned if that doesn’t look absolutely gorgeous, it’s vibrant, colourful, and beautifully animated. Story and setting-wise this is Altered Carbon with an anime twist, with Takeshi tasked with tracking down a killer in a city that’s one-part opulent and three-parts grimy while encountering ninjas inhabiting enhanced combat sleeves.

Netflix have also been quite reticent in naming their English-language voice cast, but as you can hear none of the actors who’ve portrayed the character so far are lending their voice to him this time around, which does make perfect sense given that this is a new sleeve. However, to quote the wisdom of Confucius, “Subs before dubs, yo!”

What do you think?

Altered Carbon: Resleeved will premiere on Netflix on 19 March. The Japanese voice cast includes Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Rina Satou, Ayaka Asai, George Nakata, Kenji Yamauchi, Kanehira Yamamoto, and Kōji Ishii.

Last Updated: March 10, 2020


  1. Looks better than Season 2.


    • Son of Banana Jim

      March 10, 2020 at 19:00

      Were you also led down by season 2?


      • Skyblue

        March 10, 2020 at 19:40

        So much so I still haven’t finished it. Huge fan of the first season, the books and Kinnman. I knew I was going to have a problem with Mackie when he was announced for the role and I did. He’s great in several roles but I struggle to take him seriously most of the time and with talent like Isaiah Washington, Idris Elba and Mahershala Ali around I would not have opted for him.
        I’ve heard Season 2 described as re-sleeve shock and that sums up my feelings on it (so far) perfectly.


        • Son of Banana Jim

          March 10, 2020 at 19:49

          Sadly Mackie isn’t really Kovacs because he basically just played a moodier Falcon. There are some cool bits scattered across the series, but I can’t blame you for not finishing it. I think half way through I was also contemplating skipping it, and rather watching the Fresh Prince of Bel Air or that weird Australian show about decorating sweets.

          Imagine if Mahershala Ali was given the role of Kovacs? I think he would have nailed it. Jeffrey Wright too – it would have been funny for Kovacs to be in a fairly unassuming frame, without the perks and upgrades.


          • Skyblue

            March 11, 2020 at 16:57

            I also thought of Jeffrey Wright but he looks older, especially in Westworld. Wright will always have a super power, even if it’s just adjusting his spectacles 😉

  2. BradeLunner

    March 10, 2020 at 18:01

    Ooooh that looks good


  3. Son of Banana Jim

    March 10, 2020 at 19:00

    Anyone else thought that season 2 was a little limp/meh… :/ I hope this anime version has a bit more lead in its pencil.


    • For the Emperor!

      March 11, 2020 at 10:56

      Very meh. The combat had way too many cuts. Only thing worse was Iron Fist ?‍♂️

      Plot was very slow to develop, but did get better…


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