Netflix is looking to move further into the anime market having announced that it plans to spend a massive $8 billion (roughly £6 billion) on developing and producing original television and film projects with an aim to make its library 50 percent original. A sizeable chunk of this budget will go towards producing 30 original anime series slated for release in 2018.
Back in August we announced that the streaming service were bolstering their line-up of shows and now their Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos has announced that they plan to invest heavily in the area with Crunchyroll and Funimation being the key players in the market.
The shows arriving in 2018 will include:
- B: The Beginning (previously titled Perfect Bones)
- Sword Gai
- A.I.C.O. Incarnation
- DEVILMAN crybaby
- Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya
- Lost Song
- Violet Evergarden (promotional trailer below)
Netflix have had recent success with Knights of Sidonia and Ajin: Demi-Human both produced by Polygon Pictures which the streaming site helped produce a full-length film version of the manga Blame! not to mention their own live-action adaptation of Death Note to mixed reviews.
[Source: The Verge]