Netflix will have a much larger anime collection to choose from later this year. The streaming giant has announced at the AnimeJapan 2021 Expo in Tokyo that it will launch around 40 anime shows and movies during the year, which is double the number of titles it launched in 2020. As Bloomberg notes, it is likely to be part of the company’s efforts to engage audiences in Asia and international markets in general now that the majority of North American viewers already have subscriptions.
During the event, Netflix has revealed that it is participating in the anime adaptation of the Japanese manga. Ragnarok Record, which is about 13 gods fighting 13 humans in one-on-one battles to decide the fate of humanity. The list of anime shows that will premiere this year also includes The way of the householder (available April 8) about a former yakuza who becomes a housewife. Another notable title on the list is Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, which will feature the voice actors of Claire and Leon from 2019 resident Evil remake and will be available for streaming later this year.
Netflix has revealed a new poster for Yasuke it also revolves around a black samurai in an alternate feudal Japan. Meanwhile, Eden is a show set thousands of years in the future that centers on two robots secretly raising a human child who has been awakened from stasis. It is directed by Irie Yasuhiro, who also directed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.
While it most likely won’t be able to offer as extensive an anime library as Sony’s if Crunchyroll’s acquisition of Funimation goes through, Netflix’s diverse collection could still attract anime fans around the world. He says Eden and Yasuke are “completely new stories brought to life by a host of international creators, further strengthening Netflix’s ambitions to diversify its original anime line by working with top creators both inside and outside of Japan.”