Global streaming giant Netflix is partnering with six different Japanese creators to expand its roster of original anime content. Among the deals are those with Clamp, the all-girl manga collective that was responsible for the “Cardcaptor Sakura” franchise. Another is with Mari Yamazaki, whose manga “Thermae Romae” has been turned into two hit live-action movies.
Also including Shin Kibayashi (The Kindaichi Case Files), Yasuo Ohtagaki (Mobile Suit Gundam: Thunderbolt), Otsuichi (Goth) and Tow Ubukata (Mardock Scramble), they are a mix of manga artists, novelists, screenwriters and of filmmakers who have each played a part in the rise in popularity of anime around the world.
Last year, Netflix signed deals with five other creators: Production IG, bones, anima, David Production and Sublimation.
Details of the new shows were not disclosed. But Netflix said that in addition to new originals to be developed, it will also explore ways for members to engage with the shows through offline publishing and consumer products.
“These partnerships are part of our broader investment strategy to support Japanese anime – giving creators the opportunity to tell bold, innovative stories and giving them access to fans around the world, as storytelling is limitless in anime world,” said Taiki Sakurai. , chief producer, anime at Netflix.
“It takes a lot of determination to be part of a Netflix show. I imagine streaming shows in 190 countries at once will feel like joining the Content Creators World Championships. The mere thought of an audience world hungry for new shows blows my mind,” Otsuichi said.
Mari Yamazaki said, “I can’t wait to see how fans around the world react to our shows. These answers will help me become a better creator and inspire my next creations.