Netflix has teamed up with six Japanese anime creators as it doubles the genre.
The streamer has made deals with CLAMP (Sakura card sensor), Shin Kibayashi (Kindaichi’s files), Yasuo Ohtagaki (Mobile Suit Gundam: Thunderclap), Otsuichi (Goth), Tow Ubukata (Mardock interference) and Mari Yamazaki (Baths of Rome).
These creators are a mix of manga artists, novelists, screenwriters and filmmakers. They will develop new projects and Netflix will also explore ways to exploit these off-screen projects through publishing and consumer products.
It comes after Netflix struck deals with five Japanese animation producers – IG Production, Bones, Anima, David Production and Sublimation – last year.
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Other anime projects in the works at Netflix include a spin-off feature The Witcher: The Wolf’s NightmareandMasters of the Universe: Revelation, Kevin Smith’s upcoming series based on He-Man, Skeletor, Teela and the Masters of the Universe franchise voiced by Mark Hamill and Lena Headey.
Taiki Sakurai, Chief Producer, Anime at Netflix, said, “We are thrilled to be working with these amazing creators to bring the best-in-class anime to Netflix. These partnerships are part of our broader investment strategy to support Japanese anime – giving creators the opportunity to tell bold and innovative stories and giving them access to fans around the world, as storytelling is unlimited around the world. from the anime.
Yasuo Ohtagaki said, “As a creator, it is a great honor to have this opportunity to reach a global audience. From my field in Japanese manga to the world’s major leagues, it’s an exciting time for me to believe in my craft and aim for new heights.
Shin Kibayashi added, “It’s gratifying to be a part of a Netflix show that reaches audiences around the world as a Japanese creator. I am excited to be working on entirely new characters, worlds and storylines. “