Netflix plans to release 40 anime series in 2021
Netflix announced at AnimeJapan Expo 2021 in Tokyo on Saturday that it will be releasing 40 new anime titles in 2021, Bloomberg reported, following the success of his Blood of Zeus series last year.
The new series to be released this year includes an adaptation of the Japanese manga Recording of Ragnarok, premiering in June; Yasuke, about an African samurai in feudal-era Japan, which will premiere on April 29; and Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, based on the video game franchise. Netflix previously announced its anime series The way of the husband in the home, also based on a Japanese manga series, will begin on April 8. Variety notes that the number of anime titles coming to Netflix this year is almost double the number of anime series and movies released in 2020.
“We want to be able to take pride in being the premier entertainment destination with good quality content,” said Taiki Sakurai, Netflix’s Chief Anime Producer. Bloomberg. “The growth of our business is directly related to the growth of our anime.”
The global anime market reached $23 billion last year and is expected to reach over $36 billion by 2025, according to Bloomberg. Sony announced plans in December to buy anime video site Crunchyroll for nearly $1.2 billion (although that sale was delayed due to a US Department of Justice antitrust investigation). According to New York Times, Netflix said the number of households that streamed its anime offerings last year increased by half compared to 2019.