Netflix will have a much larger anime collection to choose from by the end of this year. The streaming giant has ad at Tokyo AnimeJapan 2021 Expo that it launches around 40 anime series and films in the year, double the number of titles released in 2020. Bloomberg note, this is likely part of the company’s efforts to attract audiences in Asia and international markets as a whole, now that most North American viewers already have subscriptions.
During the event, Netflix revealed that it was involved in the anime adaptation of the Japanese manga. Ragnarok Recordi.e. about 13 gods fighting 13 humans in individual battles to decide the fate of humanity. The list of animated shows to present this year also includes The way home (available from April 8) on 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 the 2019 resident Evil remake and will be available to stream later this year.
Netflix has revealed a new poster for Yasuke also revolving around a black samurai in an alternate feudal Japan. Meanwhile, Eden is a show set thousands of years into the future, centered on two robots secretly raising a human child awakened from stasis. It is directed by Irie Yasuhiro, who also directed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.
While it probably won’t be able to offer an anime library as large as Sony’s if Funimation’s Crunchyroll acquisition Netflix’s diverse collection could still attract anime fans around the world. It says Eden and Yasuke are both “new stories brought to life by a host of international creators, further bolstering Netflix’s ambitions to diversify its original anime lineup by working with the best creators from within and outside Japan.”