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Netflix has big plans for anime in 2021

During the AnimeJapan 2021 Expo in Tokyo, Netflix talked about some of its upcoming anime projects, as well as its big plans for the genre this year. Assuming everything goes according to plan, Netflix will debut around 40 anime projects this year, doubling the number of anime shows and movies the company launched in 2020.

Several anime projects are scheduled to debut on Netflix this year, including an adaptation of Record of Ragnarok, The Way of the Househusband, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, Yasuke, Eden and more. These will join the existing anime already available on Netflix, including titles such as Great Pretender, Demon Slayer and No Game, No Life.

Netflix provided details about some of the originals it plans to release this year, including additional information about some that were previously announced, according to Variety. For example, the company says that the Record of Ragnarok – which will cover the history of the struggle of gods and humans – will arrive in June.

Meanwhile, Eden is scheduled to arrive on the streaming platform on May 27, shortly after Yasuke, which will debut on April 29. The details come amid growing competition in the United States anime market, where Sony recently acquired Crunchyroll, a streaming platform dedicated to the genre.

Crunchyroll’s deal has not gone smoothly, however – The Information reported earlier this month that the U.S. Department of Justice is engaging in an extended antitrust review of the acquisition, which threatens to delay or completely destroy the business.

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