arts • 11 Sep, 2017
Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig Makes An Anime
Six-episode ‘Neo Yokio’ Stars Jaden Smith, Jude Law and Susan Sarandon
Afro-inspired indie-rock band Vampire Weekend broke out in 2008 with their self-titled first album. The record sounded like Paul Simon’s Graceland with jangly African guitars and sweeping melodies. The four-piece stars vocalist and guitarist Ezra Koenig, a Columbia University graduate, and the group’s name came from a movie Koenig made during a school vacation about a vampire invasion of Cape Cod.
Now Koenig has returned to filmmaking with his new anime series that will star the voices of Susan Sarandon, Jude Law, Jason Schwartzman, and Jaden Smith as the Lil Yachty-alike lead character. Even more excitingly, there’ll be guest appearances by Steve Buscemi, Richard Ayoade and Willow Smith.
Koenig put ‘Neo Yokio’ together with anime studios Production IG, Studio Deen, and MOI. And, not surprisingly for a six-episode series made by a vampyric NYC academic, it’s been described as a “postmodern collage of homages to classic anime, English literature, and modern New York fashion and culture”.
Netflix subscribers can get to know more on September 22nd. But you can check the trailer below right now.
Words by David Kaye