Netflix Enters into Anime Studio Alliance

by Brandon Takeda

Last year we reported that streaming giant Netflix was entering the anime space in a big way. Promising to deliver great shows that have already aired in Japan like, Fate/Apocrypha and Kakegurui, the worldwide streaming platform wants to stamp its name on some original works as well. In the early days of the winter 2018 anime season Netflix saw to the release of originals such as Devilman: Crybaby and Kyoto Animation’s Violet Evergarden, both releasing to widespread praise. With these two shows acting as forerunners for what is to come, Netflix has made a stunning entrance into the fold.

What’s more is this new alliance for Netflix puts them in partnership with Production I.G. (Psycho Pass, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex), BONES (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, My Hero Academia), and Wit Studio (Attack on Titan, The Ancient Magus’ Bride). Clearly nothing to be scoffed at, this new positioning allows the online streaming giant to access some exceptional industry workhouses and talent. Even just last week Netflix published a trailer for Production I.G.’s new title B: The Beginning, which is set for a global premiere on March 2, 2018.

Shows like My Hero Academia are also hugely popular on other streaming platforms like Crunchyroll and Funimation, so potentially being able to air those hits on Netflix might coax users into acquiring a Netflix subscription as well. Either way, 2018 looks to be a big year for anime on Netflix. We will continue to keep you informed as more details are revealed regarding upcoming productions. In the meantime, you can take a look at the Crunchyroll Anime Awards nominees and see what we’ve picked here at TFG.

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