Netflix plans to launch 40 anime shows by 2021

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Netflix announced at the AnimeJapan 2021 Expo in Tokyo on Saturday that it will launch 40 new anime titles in 2021, Bloomberg reported, after the success of his Blood of Zeus series last year.

The new series coming out this year features an adaptation of the Japanese manga Report by Ragnarok, will premiere in June; Yasuke, about an African samurai in feudal-era Japan, which premieres on April 29; and Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, based on the video game franchise. Netflix previously announced its anime series The house man’s way, also based on a Japanese manga series debuts on April 8. Variety notes that the number of anime titles coming to Netflix this year is almost double the number of anime series and movies released in 2020.

“We want to be proud of being the best entertainment destination with quality content,” said Taiki Sakurai, Netflix’s main anime producer. Bloomberg“The growth of our business is directly related to the growth of our anime.”

The global anime market reached $ 23 billion last year and is expected to grow to more than $ 36 billion by 2025, according to BloombergSony announced in December that it planned to purchase anime video site Crunchyroll for nearly $ 1.2 billion (though that sale has been delayed due to a antitrust investigation by the United States Department of JusticeAccording to the New York TimesNetflix said the number of households that streamed its anime offerings last year halved from 2019.