Looking forward to seeing Nana? This anime and others join Netflix, to the delight of many anime lovers.
Thinking of canceling Netflix? If you’re an anime fan, you’ll soon have an important reason not to. The streaming platform closed an agreement with Nippon TV in the last week of August that adds 13 new anime to its streaming catalog.
Of course, you might think that 13 new anime series is pretty little, at least when you compare it to the behemoth that is Crunchyroll/Funimation. However, the additions that arrive are quite interesting with classic shows and, more importantly, some series that until now had not been available via streaming:
The first three anime releases on Netflix will be Ouran High School Host Club, Claymore, and the first 38 episodes of Hunter x Hunter (the show had been in and out of the Netflix catalog). The other 10 series that will be added to their catalog in the coming months are Death Note, Death Note: Relight 1 and Death Note: Relight 2 (which are OVAS that compile the anime), Kimi ni Todoke, Kimi ni Todoke S2, Berserk ( the 2016 CG version animated by Millepensee and GEMBA), Parasyte: The Maxim, Nana, Hajime No Ippo: The Fighting! and Monster.
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Anime is proving to be quite an interesting weapon for streaming platforms. Netflix has been quite proactive in grabbing licences, for example by ‘simulcasting’ (there is usually a 2 week delay compared to the original broadcast) series like Komi-san wa, Comyushou desu and Isekai Ojisan. He has also bet on serving as a producer of original anime series for his service, such as Super Crooks or the Cyberpunk: Edgerunners series that premieres this month.
Netflix isn’t the only one betting on anime. Disney is also quietly building partnerships to integrate anime into Disney+, with the premiere of Science Saru’s Tatami Time Machine Blues (a sequel to The Tatami Galaxy) arriving simultaneously this month on the streaming service, as well as in Japan.
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