In a press release innocuously titled “New Anime Content Coming to Netflix”, the streaming service just announced that they are going all-in on anime.
Netflix has no less than 12 original anime series currently in production, plus an animated Godzilla feature. Here’s a quick overview.
- Cannon Busters, the adventures of a pair of droids in search of their owner. Crew includes people from Justice League Unlimited and The Witcher (video game).
- Devilman Crybaby, a twisted superhero series about a man who takes on the powers of a demon.
- B: The Beginning, a sci-fi crime series that takes place on the islands of Cremona.
- Sword Gai: the Animation is just about some sword guy, you know? It’s a dark, bloody tale of a demonic sword that transforms its various owners into monsters.
- I.C.O. Incarnation, an exploration of the Grey Goo Apocalypse. Produced by the people behind My Hero Academia.
- Lost Song, a fantasy epic about two girls with a mystical healing power based around music.
- Rilakkuma Series, a new series about the popular stuffed bear.
- Knights of the Zodiac: SAINT SEIYA, a modern-day fantasy story about the protectors of the goddess Athena.
- Bakki, which follows a boy’s struggle to become the strongest fighter in the world. It’s modern-day and sounds quite a bit like Street Fighter.
- Kakegurui, about the goings-on at prestigious school for gamblers.
- Fate/Apocrypha is a hardcore fantasy tale about warring clans. They have names like “Yggdmillennia”.
- Children of the Whales is a post-apocalyptic story about a tribe of people living on an enormous ship that “sails” the desert.
- GODZILLA is a new feature-length animated film taking place in the far future, where Godzilla has ruled the Earth for 20,000 years. Godzilla-Emperor of Dune?
This massive announcement comes on the heels of Crunchyroll’s rapid expansion. The anime streaming service has been growing rapidly over the past couple of years, and in 2017 launched their own anime expo.
Meanwhile, Hulu continues to quietly add anime to their service. They have close to 100 titles available, and the number is only growing.
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