For some reason that I can’t understand, but I’m going to be crucified anyway, people like anime. Quite. And although I have enjoyed a lot of anime series and movies in the past, I find most shows quite silly and have not been able to enter the genre. I must be in the minority, because anime is a lot of money and currently more popular than ever.
So much so that Netflix sees anime content as one of the next big frontiers in entertainment and announced at the AnimeJapan 2021 Tokyo Expo that it will launch 40 new anime titles in 2021, as reported by CHILLYLIFE.COM.
We want to be able to pride ourselves as being the top entertainment destination with good quality content. The growth of our business is directly connected to the growth of our anime.
The new series that fans can expect includes an adaptation of the Japanese manga Record of Ragnarok (due to arrive in June), Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness and The Way of the Househusband (due in April). There are only three of the high-profile series that we know of, which means that there are at least 37 more series that fans can still expect throughout the year, ranging from smaller titles to possibly some larger ones as well.
The worldwide anime market was worth an incredible $ 23 billion last year and is expected to grow by more than $ 36 billion by 2025, so Netflix definitely did its homework on the popularity of the content. Fans can certainly expect even more content in the years to come, just as Netflix and other streaming services strive to further enter this market.
Sony has already taken great steps in this market, having acquired the anime streaming service Funimation some time ago. It further consolidated its dominance in the anime market earlier this year, when it bought rival streaming platform Crunchyroll for $ 1.2 billion from AT&T and WarnerMedia.
Netflix’s current anime library is looking pretty strong now, too. With established series like Fullmetal Alchemist and the excellent Code Geass available for broadcast, it also has more recent programs like Derohedero and High-Rise Invasion available for viewing.