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Netflix expands its major commitment to anime projects

Not resting on their laurels, Netflix is continuing to expands its commitment to the world of anime series and has secured a number of major deals with four leading production companies in Japan.

In a new statement, the streaming platform has confirmed that it has entered into production line partnerships with four anime production studios ANIMA & COMPANY owning NAZ, Science SARU and MAPPA from Japan, as well as Studio Mir based in Korea to explore new stories and formats to entertain anime fans around the world.

“In just four years, we’ve built a dedicated team based in Tokyo that serves to entertain the global anime community through new and aspirational storytelling,” said Taiki Sakurai, Anime Chief Producer, Netflix. “With these additional partnerships with industry trailblazers who do amazing work often marrying the latest technologies and traditional hand-drawn animation, we’re excited to bring fans a greater variety of even more amazing stories.”

Netflix is banking on the premise that lining up strong partnerships with with the best-in-class production houses will provide the best content for the global anime community, a fast expanding genre of film and series which has seen a major demand spike.

Discussing the new deal Yasuo Suda, the CEO, ANIMA&COMPANY, said: “In 2020, we’re reimagining the way the world is perceived. Our lives have been transformed. Expectations and values of visual arts and entertainment are also changing. Visual arts is a culture that is a beacon of hope, transcending distance and space, and welcoming its viewers to multiple places all at the same time. At NAZ, we look forward to working closely with Netflix, a leader in this field, and ensuring that future generations see the 21st century as a time of noteworthy works in the history of visual arts. This is a wakeup call to a new era of storytelling.”

Eunyoung Choi, the CEO of Science SARU, added: “Our collaboration with Netflix regarding shows such as DEVILMAN Crybaby and Japan Sinks: 2020 reflects our shared understanding of storytelling and the desire to take on fresh challenges. Together with Netflix, Science SARU aims to deliver highly relevant content to fans more directly, by staying true to the world changing around us, and listening closely to our fans.”

“This partnership enables us to deliver on our mission to bring best-in-class content at an accelerated pace to anime fans on Netflix,” Manabu Otsuka, the CEO, MAPPA, explained. “Together with Netflix, we look forward to discovering what excites animation fans – both in Japan and beyond – with the best experiences, and making every effort to produce great shows in response to that fandom.”

Netflix anime projects coming soon:

2020:

  • Altered Carbon: Resleeved (Anima)
  • Ghost in the Shell SAC___2045 (Production I.G)
  • Dragon’s Dogma (Sublimation)

Coming 2021 and beyond:

  • Spriggan (David Production)
  • Vampire in the Garden (WIT STUDIO – a group company under Production I.G)
  • Super Crooks (Bones)

This article first appeared on Best of Netflix.

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