On October 22nd, Netflix released a news post announcing the partnerships. In the post, they explained their plan to “explore new stories and formats to entertain anime fans around the world.”
The streaming platform has been building its anime repertoire over the last few years. Having already signed contracts with Japanese production companies such as Anima, Production I.G, BONES, David Production, and Sublimation. Combined with these new partnerships they just signed, Netflix now holds nine partnerships with anime production companies from overseas. Anime Chief Producer Taiki Sakurai said the following about their endeavors:
In just four years, we’ve built a dedicated team based in Tokyo that serves to entertain the global anime community through new and aspirational storytelling. With these additional partnerships with industry trailblazers who do amazing work often marrying the latest technologies and traditional hand-drawn animation, we’re excited to bring fans a greater variety of even more amazing stories
Netflix believes the top-notch production companies allows them “to work with some of the best creators, promote talent development and provide support in every stage of production to create the best content for the global anime community.”
With successful anime such as Altered Carbon: Resleeved, and Dragon’s Dogma, Netflix is heading in a good direction. We look forward to seeing what these companies have in store.