Netflix recently showcased highlights from 40 new exclusive anime titles this year at AnimeJapan.
This diversified slate across genres looks to bring about some enticement and delight both hardcore anime fans, and those who are fairly new to the medium.
The lineup that Netflix showcased at AnimeJapan includes lighthearted titles such as Thermae Romae Novae — which launches tomorrow and is the first project from Netflix’s direct partnership with anime creators. This collaboration will also include titles such as Kotaro Lives Alone and Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure.
We’ll also be seeing family-friendly anime films like the gravity-defying action blockbuster Bubble that just premiered at the 72nd Berlin Film Festival, and became available on Netflix starting April 28. Studio Colorido’s Drifting Home is also slated as part of this fantastic lineup.
Fans can once again strike a pose, as JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure STONE OCEAN will also be featuring episodes 13-24 later this year.
Netflix’s Director of Anime Creative, Kohei Obara elaborates on this.
“Anime is one of the cornerstones of our investment in Japan, watched by nearly 90 percent of our members here last year. At the same time, interest in anime has grown worldwide, and more than half of our members globally tuned into it last year.”
“From diversifying our slate to bringing back fan favorites, we want to continue growing our members’ discovery and love for anime, both in Japan and around the world with this next chapter of anime on Netflix.”
Japanese voice talents Megumi Han (Vampire in the Garden, GHOST IN THE SHELL: SAC_2045 Season 2), Mariya Ise (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure STONE OCEAN, TIGER & BUNNY 2, Spriggan), Yuki Kaji (Bubble, The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh, Akuma Kun), Junichi Suwabe (ULTRAMAN Season 2, Kotaro Lives Alone) and Kenjiro Tsuda (Thermae Romae Novae) brought the various anime projects to life for fans at the stage event.
To cap things off, Netflix revealed sneak peeks into upcoming titles. This includes new character art and the introduction of main cast for The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh, with part 1 premiering in 2022.
Key art and main trailer of GHOST IN THE SHELL: SAC_2045 Season 2 were also released to hype up its streaming premiere on May 23rd.
To stay up to date, do make sure to always check Netflix’s new releases, and check back with us as we cover the updates to follow.