Jaden Smith is a sometimes movie star, occasional musician, groundbreaking model, who keeps his Twitter game enigmatic and amazing. He’s a part of that new wave of celebrities who confuse us Oldz, what with their unquestionable fame but ambiguous careers and hazy successes. Yes, there was a time where Jaden was known primarily as the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. But the 19-year-old has steadily chiseled out his own distinctive brand. I don’t know how to even attempt to describe that brand. But I am confident that his new anime series Neo Yokio is 100% on brand.
Check out the first look at Neo Yokio.
The announcement for this new Netflix series reads like Painfully Hip Mad-Libs. Created by Vampire Weekend member Ezra Koenig, Neo Yokio is “a postmodern collage of homages to classic anime, English literature and modern New York fashion and culture.” Jaden Smith stars as pink-haired poor little rich boy/demon-slayer named Kaz Kaan. Also lending their voices are Jude Law as Kaz’s “faithful mecha-butler,” Susan Sarandon as his aunt/handler for demon-slaying assignments, The Kid Mero and Desus Nice as Kaz’s inseparable and clearly fashionable crew, Jason Schwartzman as Kaz’s “arch-rival, Neo Yokio’s number one most eligible bachelor,” and real-life fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson as “ex-fashion blogger Helena St. Tessero.” Plus the trailer tosses in burlesque, Toblerones, and of course a title card is Millennial Pink.
Also, Richard Ayoade, Ike Barinholtz, Steve Buscemi, Alexa Chung, Stephen Fry, Katy Mixon, Annet Mahendru, Kiernan Shipka, Willow Smith and Amandla Stenberg will appear in the six-episode run that’ll hit Netflix on September 22nd.
Frankly, it’s so so over the top, we got to admit, we’ll give it a watch. How about you?