For die-hard Terminator fans, the recent announcement from Netflix is nothing short of a dream come true — a Terminator anime is officially in the works.

Emerging from the iconic 1984 classic starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Terminator franchise has firmly etched its place in pop culture with six movies, a television show, and now, an anime series.

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Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming chapter in the Terminator universe.

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What is the Terminator anime?

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Netflix’s official announcement on their website sets the stage for Terminator: The Anime Series, the show’s pending title.

“On August 30, 1997, everything changed.” This ominous warning refers to Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the highest-grossing film in 1991. 

In Judgement Day, we find out that August 30, 1997, marked when Skynet, the artificial intelligence network, became self-aware and triggered a cataclysmic war between humanity and machines involving flesh-and-blood resistance fighters and time-traveling cyborgs. 

What is the main story of Terminator?

At the core of the Terminator storyline is a relentless cyborg sent from the future with a singular mission: to assassinate Sarah Connor and her unborn son, John who is destined to become the savior of humanity, and therefore a threat to Skynet’s endgame plans. 

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The battle between man and machine unfolds across the last decades of the 20th century and early 21st century as the Terminator pursues its mission with unwavering determination.

Terminator anime production team

The upcoming anime series boasts an impressive production team, with Skydance, Japan Animation Studio Production I.G., and Mattson Tomlin at the helm. 

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Tomlin, the executive producer, showrunner, and writer for the series, brings his expertise from projects like Netflix’s Project Power (starring Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt).

Currently working on Batman II, Tomlin expressed his excitement about approaching Terminator in a way that breaks conventions, subverts expectations, and injects real guts into the narrative.

Terminator anime release date

At the time of writing, Netflix has not announced an official release date or schedule for the upcoming Terminator anime.

(To be updated)

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You can visit Netflix’s official website for all the information on the upcoming anime.

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