Netflix is beginning to break into the anime streaming scene in a big way this year with exclusive shows like Little Witch Academia and its own original movie production of the manga Blame!. The continued commitment to adding more anime to its streaming platform was confirmed on August 2 2017 when it announced both new original content, and shows that it acquired streaming rights for. The two shows Netflix has acquired streaming rights for are Fate/Apocrypha, of the Type-MOON franchise, and Kakegurui – both of which premiered this 2017 summer anime season. Canada and the US will be able to watch Fate/Apocrypha starting November 7 2017 (other territories outside of Japan on December 2 2017), while Kakegurui will premiere outside of Japan in 2018.
The original content coming from Netflix will really run the gamut, with at least seven new productions being announced:
- Rilakkuma, a stop motion anime show about super kawaii animals from the creators of Domo-kun (undetermined)
- Baki, a new anime adaptation of Keisuke Itagaki’s New Grappler Baki: In Search of Our Strongest Hero (2017)
- B: The Beginning from Production I.G., a suspenseful crime show set in a futuristic archipelagic city (spring 2018)
- A.I.C.O. Incarnation, a post disaster anime where the fate of the world lies in the hands of a girl and a boy (spring 2018)
- Lost Song, from Dwango and LIDEN FILMS, a show about two girls who use the miraculous power of song during a time where war looms over the land will premiere globally in 2018
Arguably the two biggest announcements out of the bunch are a new Devilman show and a new Knights of the Zodiac show. Devilman Crybaby will be a huge release for Netflix in spring 2018, being available in 190 countries with subtitles in 25 different languages and voice casts in nine. Devilman is a prolific franchise in Japan with live action movies, anime spinoffs, and a remake based on the 1972 original anime. The new Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seya adaptation of the manga will be a CG remake featuring thirty minute long episodes. The first twelve episodes will feature the story from the Galaxy War and Silver Saints arcs. The original Saint Seya manga ran from 1986 to 1990 and has also inspired anime and film adaptions, spinoff manga, and OVAs. Unfortunately, no premiere date has been announced for Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya.
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