It’s a good time to be an anime fan. And Netflix is catching on. They announced a number of original anime titles coming to their streaming service. This follows high demand for more anime content to be made available on the platform. After all, Crunchyroll can’t stream everything. As more anime streaming services become available, Netflix sees its chance. Amazon launched Anime Strike, not long ago. There’s also The Anime Network (not to be confused with Anime News Network), as well as Daisuki, among others. It makes far too much sense.
Netflix dabbled in the anime realm, already. Perhaps most recently notable, the first cour of Little Witch Academia streamed exclusively on the platform, with plans to stream the second cour, later. The Seven Deadly Sins also streamed on Netflix, as well as Magi, Kill la Kill, and quite a few other notable series. They also got their hands on the short, but successful Castlevania anime, with more on the way. They also have the anime inspired Death Note movie, coming up… regrettably, if early reviews are to be believed. And now they’re promising 13 new anime titles.
Of them all, Godzilla is the least surprising. The series had already been announced for months, with fans only anticipating more information. B: The Beginning (formerly Perfect Bones) also saw its share of buzz. Then there is the next standout title on the list, Fate/Apocrypha. Needless to say, the Fate series has an enormous following. Of course, the Knights of the Zodiac revamp has made a lot of people happy. Among those on the list, it’s arguably the biggest name to be found. That is, it’s the biggest name aside from the literal biggest name – the aforementioned megaton lizard.
But one of the more interesting titles on the list is Cannon Busters. This is primarily because the series is actually an independent project. It came from a successful crowdfunding campaign, run by LeSean Thomas. If that name doesn’t sound familiar, here’s a refresher. Thomas worked on several projects, including The Boondocks, on Adult Swim, and Legend of Korra, on Nickelodeon. The project’s independent nature is what makes it interesting. This could mean great things for indie creators, going forward.
Netflix continues its hunt for new content. Not only could they be looking to corner the anime market, but they may just start looking even more toward indie projects. Only time will tell.