By the end of 2021, Netflix will have a much larger anime collection for its subscribers. At Tokyo's AnimeJapan 2021 Expo, the streaming giant has announced that it's launching around 40 anime shows and films within this year, which is double the number of titles it released in 2020. As Bloomberg points out, it's likely part of Netflix's efforts to appearl to audiences in Asia and in international markets as a whole since there are already many North American subscribers.
During the AnimeJapan 2021 Expo, Netflix has announced that it's involved in the anime adaptation of Record of Ragnarok, a Japanese manga about 13 gods fighting 13 humans in one-on-one battles to decide the fate of humanity. Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, which features Claire's and Leon's voice actors from the 2019 Resident Evil remake, will also be released on Netflix this year. In adddition, another anime title coming this year is The Way of the Househusband (available starting on April 8), which is about a former yakuza who becomes a housemaker.
Another anime title coming this year is Eden, which is set thousands of years into the future featuring two robots secretly raising a human child who's been woken from stasis. Eden is directed by Irie Yasuhiro, who also helmed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.
The company also revealed a new poster for Yasuke, which centers on a Black samurai in an alternate feudal Japan.
Netflix said that both Eden and Yasuke are "brand new stories brought to life by a wealth of international creators, further strengthening Netflix’s ambitions to diversify their lineup of original anime by working with top creators from both in- and outside of Japan."
It's not surprising to see Netflix's plans to launch more anime films and TV shows this year. Anime is enjoyed globally, and if Netflix releases quality anime titles in its streaming service, more people will likely subscribe, but with anime-focused streaming companies like Crunchyroll and Funimation, they will have to impress anime fans around the world with their latest titles.
Which anime titles are you looking forward to watch on Netflix this year?