During an interview with Variety, Netflix revealed that ” more than half ” of its global audience watched anime from its streaming platform in the last year. Kohei Obara, director of Anime Creative added that the figure rises to 90% in the case of Japanese Netflix subscribers.
“Anime is one of the cornerstones of our investment in Japan, watched by nearly 90% of our members here last year. At the same time, interest in anime has grown worldwide, and more than half of our members globally tuned into it last year,” said Obara.
While he stated that “anime is one of the cornerstones of Netflix’s investment in Japan,” he also revealed that the company’s plans to invest in original productions and exclusive licenses in the anime category remain unchanged.
The same as the previous year, Netflix has claimed to reveal 40 anime titles this year as well, including new series and fan favorites, that will debut on the service in 2022.
Thermae Romae Novae, which launched on March 28 as part of the company’s partnership with six anime creators announced in 2020, was among the titles revealed at the AnimeJapan 2022 event.
Kotarou wa Hitorigurashi (Kotaro Lives Alone) and Rilakkuma to Yuuenchi (Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure) are two other notable titles. It also includes anime films for the entire family, such as the action blockbuster Bubble, which premiered earlier this year at the Berlinale, and Studio Colores’ Ame wo Tsugeru Hyouryuu Danchi (Drifting Home).
Among the returning series, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure universe, “Stone Ocean,” which will continue for episodes 13-24 later this fall.
The stage event also revealed new character art and main casts for The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh, with the first part premiering in 2022, as well as art and the main trailer for Ghost in the Shell SAC 2045 Season 2, which will be available in May on Netflix.