Make My Day
Created byYasuo Ohtagaki
Original net animation
Directed byMakoto Honda
Written byYumiko Yoshizawa
Music byKensuke Ushio
Studio5 Inc.
Licensed byNetflix
ReleasedFebruary 2, 2023

Make My Day is a Japanese animated series produced for Netflix. It features an original story by Yasuo Ohtagaki. Makoto Honda was the director for the series, and 5 Inc. animated and provided character designs. The series was released on February 2, 2023.


A prison has been established on a freezing cold planet where the prisoners are forced to work in a large mine. One day mysterious creatures come up from the mine and attack the prisoners.

Voice cast

Character Cast
Japanese English
Jim Masaomi Yamahashi Zeno Robinson
Marnie Ayahi Takagaki Angel Malhotra
Walter Kazuhiro Yamaji Tony Pasqualini
Commander Bark Akio Otsuka James C. Mathis III
Cathy Beck[1] Atsuko Tanaka Pilar Uribe


No.TitleDirected byOriginal air date
1"Episode 1"Takahiro TanakaFebruary 2, 2023 (2023-02-02)
2"Episode 2"Kentarō FujitaFebruary 2, 2023 (2023-02-02)
3"Episode 3"Tatsuji YamazakiFebruary 2, 2023 (2023-02-02)
4"Episode 4"Takahiro TanakaFebruary 2, 2023 (2023-02-02)
5"Episode 5"Kentarō FujitaFebruary 2, 2023 (2023-02-02)
6"Episode 6"5 Inc., Kohei SugataniFebruary 2, 2023 (2023-02-02)
7"Episode 7"5 Inc., Grace Chen, Mntn ChangFebruary 2, 2023 (2023-02-02)
8"Episode 8"5 Inc., Yuichi AbeFebruary 2, 2023 (2023-02-02)


Netflix first announced the project as part of their Geeked Week in June 2021.[2] The story was written by Yasuo Ohtagaki, Makoto Honda directed, and animation and character designs are done by 5 Inc.[3] At the 2022 Geeked Week, Netflix released a first look at some character screenshots, alongside their voice actors, and the design of the mecha Casper by Ohtagaki and Shoji Kawamori. Yumiko Yoshizawa wrote the script and Kensuke Ushio composed the music.[4]


Make My Day was originally announced as an animated film, but in January 2023, Netflix announced that it would be a series instead. The series was released in full on February 2, 2023.[5]


Make My Day receivied mixed reviews. The series was praised for having an character development[6] and impactful narrative, despite seeming to take on too much,[7][8][9] but it was also called formulaic and predictable.[10] The animation was called "subpar",[9][6] yet it was also highlighted for its ability to convey real emotions for a breathtaking and immersive experience.[8]


  1. ^ Cayanan, Joanna (January 24, 2023). "Make My Day Anime Reveals Trailer, Key Art, New Cast Member, February 2 Premiere". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 24, 2023.
  2. ^ Squires, John (June 10, 2021). "Netflix Announces New Animated Projects Including Zack Snyder's "Twilight of the Gods" and a Space-Horror Series!". Bloody Disgusting!.
  3. ^ Mateo, Alex (June 10, 2021). "Netflix Announces Make My Day Anime Film Adaptation of Original Story by Yasuo Ohtagaki". Anime News Network.
  4. ^ 太田垣康男×Netflix「MAKE MY DAY」2023年2月配信、音楽は牛尾憲輔 [Yasuo Otagaki x Netflix Make My Day to be distributed in February 2023, music by Kensuke Ushio]. Comic Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. September 25, 2022. Retrieved September 25, 2022.
  5. ^ Collins, Natalie (January 24, 2023). "Make My Day Anime Announces It Will Now Be A Series Instead Of Film". MSN.
  6. ^ a b Wilson, Jonathon (February 2, 2023). "Make My Day Season 1 Review - Great characters overshadow lacklustre animation". Ready Steady Cut.
  7. ^ Hartford, Charles (February 2, 2023). "Make My Day Review - But Why Tho". But Why Tho?.
  8. ^ a b Das, Hrishita (February 2, 2023). "Make My Day Review: Humanity's Fight for Survival in an Unknown Terrain | Leisurebyte". Leisure Byte.
  9. ^ a b Acosto, Nelson (February 2, 2023). "Make My Day Review: An Great Sci-fi Story Brought Down by Subpar Animation". Fiction Horizon.
  10. ^ Abdul, Nadeem (February 2, 2023). "Make My Day (2023) review: Formulaic and predictable survival series". The Envoy Web.