In their bid to start showing more anime, Netflix made the fairly highly profile grab of Knights of Sidonia, an adaptation of Tsutomu Nihei’s acclaimed manga series. Knights of Sidonia’s first season was met with praise due to its realistic depiction of space-faring civilization and some intriguing sci-fi concepts (like humanity developing photosynthesis and a third gender to deal with hunger and population issues).
The show’s second season — now titled Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine — began airing in Japan in April, and Netflix has recently announced that it’ll begin streaming all twelve episodes on July 3. In the second season, the Sidonia crew have found a potential home planet, but must defend it against the Gauna, a mysterious alien lifeform intent on annihilating humanity (as mysterious alien lifeforms are wont to do).
Also, in a little meta twist, an anime based on an earlier Tsutomu Nihei manga titled Blame! will air within the second season’s eighth episode, as something that the Sidonia crew are watching. This will be the second time Blame! has been animated: the first time was as an experimental “original net animation” series.