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Netflix News: 'Masters Of The Universe' Series Announced, 'Modest Heroes' Netflix Exclusive Outside North America

Ever since Netflix and DreamWorks Animation announced their reboot of She-Ra, it has inevitably lead to the question of if He-Man will follow. The original 1980's She-Ra was a spin-off of the He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe series after all. It turns out that He-man is indeed going to be coming back- but the new series will not be connected to the new She-Ra series.

Instead, Masters Of The Universe: Revelation is going to be a continuation of the original series, aimed at adult fans, and picking up where the 80's show left off. The series was revealed at Powercon by Kevin Smith, who will be executive producer and showrunner on the new show, which is being sold as a limited series.

In typical Netflix style, they're calling the new series 'anime' despite the fact it's being produced by Texas based Powerhouse Animation (the producers of Castlevania) and has no apparent Japanese involvement.

Netflix have released a teaser poster and official synopsis for the series.

Featuring fan-favorites He-Man, Orko, Cringer and Man-At-Arms, the story pits our heroic warriors and guardians of Castle Grayskull against Skeletor, Evil-Lyn, Beast Man and the vile legions of snake mountain!
But after a ferocious final battle forever fractures Eternia, it’s up to Teela to solve the mystery of the missing Sword of Power in a race against time to prevent the end of the Universe! Her journey will uncover the secrets of Grayskull at last. This is the epic He-Man and the Masters of the Universe saga fans have waited 35 years to see!

This is the second animated project that Smith is currently involved with, as he is also writing a series based on Marvel character Howard The Duck for Hulu.

In other news, Studio Ponoc's second feature, the anthology Modest Heroes has been picked up by Netflix for release as an original outside North America. The film will be available from September 6, and you can add it to your list now. Despite being picked up for US release via GKIDS Films, the film has yet to see wider release elsewhere, so for non US and Canada based fans this is exciting news.

The film features three different shorts. Kanini & Kanino is directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, director of Mary And The Witch's Flower and When Marnie Was ThereLife Ain't Gonna Lose is directed by Yoshiyuki Momose a close collaborator of  Isao Takahata. Invisible is directed by Akihiko Yamashita, a key animator on many Studio Ghibli productions.