Netflix’s Scott Pilgrim Anime: A Fresh and Bold Adaptation of a Beloved Series

Scott Pilgrim Anime Trailer

After an anticipatory wait, fans of the Scott Pilgrim universe are in for a treat. Netflix has unveiled the first official trailer for the upcoming Scott Pilgrim anime titled “Scott Pilgrim Takes Off,” and the series is set to make its debut this November.

This new anime project, produced by Science Saru (known for Devilman Crybaby and Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!), promises an invigorating approach to the cherished Scott Pilgrim saga. Drawing inspiration from Bryan Lee O’Malley’s acclaimed graphic novel series, the anime brings a unique perspective to the story.

What’s particularly exciting is the reunion of the original cast from Edgar Wright’s 2010 live-action adaptation, “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.” Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Evans, Aubrey Plaza, Brie Larson, Kieran Culkin, Jason Schwartzman, and Anna Kendrick will lend their voices to their iconic characters. With Wright as an executive producer and O’Malley collaborating on the script alongside BenDavid Grabinski (known for 2019’s “Are You Afraid of the Dark”), the eight-episode anime will be skillfully directed by Abel Góngora. Góngora, who previously helmed the “T0-B1” episode of “Star Wars: Visions,” is sure to bring a fresh vision to the series.

While initial details about the anime’s narrative were scarce, the trailer offers intriguing insights. “Scott Pilgrim Takes Off” appears to be a dedicated adaptation of O’Malley’s original comic, much like how “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” stayed true to its source material. This contrasts with Wright’s live-action film, which diverged from the comics and was produced before the final volume (“Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour”) had been published in 2010.

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Visually, the trailer is a feast for the eyes, expertly capturing O’Malley’s anime-inspired artwork. The animation manages to evoke a sense of both novelty and nostalgia. Complementing the visuals is a captivating soundtrack, overseen by Joseph Trapanese and featuring chiptune pop rock band Anamanaguchi. Fans might recognize Anamanaguchi from their previous work on the score for the 2010 video game adaptation “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game.”

Mark your calendars: “Scott Pilgrim Takes Off” is scheduled to premiere on Netflix on November 17th. Get ready to dive into a fresh and imaginative rendition of the Scott Pilgrim universe.