With the rising fame of anime globally, Netflix continues to up its game by keeping its anime archive updated for 2021.
With the global crisis forcing people to stay at home during most of 2020, more people have taken solace in binging series online, especially anime. This year, Netflix plans to host 40 anime series, which is double the amount from 2020.
This decision was announced during Tokyo’s AnimeJapan 2021 Expo following the success of “Blood of Zeus” being in the 10 most-watched series on Netflix in almost 100 countries.
“Anime” is the general term for the animated television genre originating from Japan. Previously purely hand-drawn, anime production now takes advantage of combining hand-drawn techniques with technological advancements. Not only has the process of production become easier, but it has also become more efficient, resulting in series with better quality and definition.
Typically, one anime series consists of several 23-minute episodes, with three minutes’ worth of opening and ending songs combined in each episode. A series can have as few as 10 episodes, to over 2,000 episodes, with only one episode per series airing on Japanese television each week.
Netflix and Anime
Owing to the streaming market in North America getting oversaturated, Netflix is making an effort to cater to the ever-growing Asian audience by producing new original content besides hosting existing series.
The chief anime producer of Netflix, Taiki Sakurai, says, “We want to be able to pride ourselves as being the top entertainment destination with good quality content.” He further adds that the growth of their business is directly proportional to the growth of their anime, which gives importance not only to their profession, but also the art they produce.
Further, Pooh Chuang, an analyst at President Capital Management Corp in Taiwan, says that Netflix holds a big advantage over its rivals by producing local and original content with its sizable user data as the basis. “Doubling down on original anime will help this localization campaign and strengthen its users’ attachment to Netflix,” he adds after.
After the accomplishments that “Blood of Zeus” brought, the producers hope for new additions that will appear on the streaming site are expected to bring in more viewers. Unfortunately, only a few titles are revealed as of the moment, listed below:
- Yasuke. A series about an African samurai legend in Japan.
- Record of Ragnarok. Adapted from a manga (Japanese comic) series of the same title.
- Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness. A series based on the famous Japanese video game franchise.
- And more.
Indeed, watching anime series sends viewers to a whole new world. With its vast list of genres, it’s quite difficult to run out of things to watch; avid fans can attest to that. There are many series to cater to all kinds of preferences, and surely, you will be tempted to try out even those outside of your comfort zone.