Netflix will have a much larger anime collection by the end of the year. The streaming giant has announcement at Tokyo’s AnimeJapan 2021 Expo that it launches around 40 anime shows and movies during the year, double the number of titles released in 2020. As Bloomberg note, this is likely part of the company’s efforts to attract audiences in Asia and international markets at large, 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 recording, which features around 13 gods fighting 13 humans in individual battles to decide the fate of humanity. The list of anime shows to feature this year also includes The Way of the Home Husband (available from April 8) on a former yakuza turned housewife. Another notable title in 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. During this time, Eden is a show that takes place thousands of years into the future, which 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 probably won’t be able to offer an anime library as large as Sony’s if Funimation’s Crunchyroll acquisition happening, Netflix’s diverse collection could still attract anime fans around the world. It says Eden and Yasuke are both “brand new stories brought to life by a host of international creators, further bolstering Netflix’s ambitions to diversify their original anime lineup by working with top creators from Japan and abroad.”