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No Matter How Strange The Netflix Trailer For ‘Neo Yokio’ Looks, Having Black And Latino Main Characters In It Is Dope

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“She’s possessed? That sucks!”

Coming to Netflix September 22nd is “Neo Yokio,” a new anime from the creative mind of Ezra Koenig, lead singer of Vampire Weekend. The lead character will be voiced by Jaden Smith, son of Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, who has just about outgrown being connected to his A-List parents. Almost. Smith, who started his career as a cute child actor in heart string-pulling films like “Pursuit of Happiness” and “The Karate Kid,” has expanded his artistic horizons as a recording artist, and as a gender-fluid fashion model.

Smith’s next creative venture will be providing the voice of Kaz Kaan, the demon-slaying socialite who is the lead in “Neo Yokio.” The show is a parody of classic anime, allowing them to go above and beyond in the strange and awkward department. Joining Kaz on his journey are his homies, Gottlieb and Lexy, played by late night’s best comedy duo: Desus & Mero. They all live in a mythical version of New York City, where the World Trade Center is still standing, albeit underwater. Oh, and it just so happens to be littered with magic and demons.

Mero was pumped to announce his inclusion on the show to Twitter.

His fans were just as excited, throwing down some classic anime to express their excitement.

Mero plays Lexy, who from the trailer, appears to be a bit of a life coach to Kaz.

He gives him advice on how to dress and how to get back at the guys messing with him.

Although, from this image that Smith shared of Kaz preparing to destroy someone (or something) with a ball of energy, he may not need that much help.

As Kaz Kaan, Smith will play a young man who has everything (including magic powers), but still finds himself feeling melancholy on the inside. You know, like every teenager ever.

The show features performances by Jude Law, as Kaz Kaan’s robot butler, as well as appearances by Susan Sarandon, Jason Schwartzman, Steve Buscemi, Stephen Fry and Willow Smith.

Check out the trailer above to find out how strange, but cool, this anime parody series is going to be.


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Yes, Canelo And GGG Actually Sparred Six Years Ago, And They Talked About It On '24/7'

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Yes, Canelo And GGG Actually Sparred Six Years Ago, And They Talked About It On ’24/7′

The fight of the year is literally hours away. Both Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin are on the final stretch of their training and will meet in Las Vegas for their weigh-ins before going toe-to-toe in the ring. As the two boxers prepare and fans begin their own preparations to converge at Las Vegas for the fight, HBO Sports has done their part to raise the anticipation levels by releasing the second part of their special, “24/7 – Canelo/Golovkin.” Below are some of the most revealing moments in an episode that digs into each fighter’s strengths and weaknesses.

Golovkin’s previous opponent, Daniel Jacobs, may have revealed some of GGG’s weaknesses.

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Early in the episode, GGG’s trainer, Abel Sanchez, rewatches his boxer’s fight against Daniel Jacobs in March of this year. GGG defeated Jacobs but the latter shocked the boxing world when he regained his footing after an early knockdown and went the full 12 rounds against GGG. Jacobs is the only fighter to date to have done so. Jacobs managed to win a few rounds and landed a number of good punches but lost by decision.

GGG relaxes with some ping-pong but it’s clear he’s a competitor.

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GGG and his training team are isolated in the mountains of Big Bear, Calif., so the boxer takes a needed mental break from training by going mano-a-mano with Sanchez on a round of ping-pong. It’s clear he is no less competitive with a paddle as he is with a glove.

Canelo meets a fellow Mexican champ, decorated jockey Victor Espinoza.

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Canelo spends some down time from training in San Diego by visiting Mexican horse racing jockey Victor Espinoza. Canelo’s love of all things equine is well-known and it shows in the clip. Espinoza made global headlines two years ago when he became the first jockey in 39 years to win the Triple Crown. He is also the first Latino jockey (and the oldest) to win the Crown.

Abel Sanchez predicts the fight will be similar to Canelo vs. Liam Smith.

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Sanchez is later shown watching one of Canelo’s fights, one he believes serves as a good predictor of how Saturday’s fight will go down: Canelo vs. Liam Smith. Sanchez watches and reveals a number of Canelo’s strengths and weaknesses. “He has a tendency to be slappy,” says Sanchez, adding, “[I]f he’s not on point for three minutes of a round he’s going to get knocked out… easily.”

Yes, Canelo and GGG sparred six years ago.

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The HBO special has repeatedly mentioned how Canelo and GGG first met six years ago, when Canelo was 19, for a couple of sparring sessions. Now the producers/director offer photographic evidence of that fateful meeting. Unfortunately, neither fighter uses the opportunity to talk trash. “He helped me, I helped him, like that,” said GGG. “I’ve improved a lot. I’ve fought many difficult opponents. They’ve given me experience,” said Canelo.

Watch the episode in its entirety:

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Related: Canelo And GGG Return Home In Episode One Of HBO’s ’24/7′ Series

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