Netflix revealed Saturday at Tokyo’s AnimeJapan 2021 Expo that it would release 40 new anime titles in 2021, according to Bloomberg, following the success of its Blood of Zeus series last year.
An adaptation of the Japanese manga Record of Ragnarok, expected to preview in June; Yasuke, about an African samurai in feudal-era Japan, set to premiere on April 29th; and Resident Evil: Eternal Darkness, based on the video game franchise, are among the latest series to be unveiled this year.
Netflix officially stated that the Way of the Househusband, an anime series based on a Japanese manga series, would premiere on April 8th.
According to variety, the number of anime titles coming to Netflix this year will be nearly double that of the number of anime series and movies released in 2020
“We want to be able to pride ourselves as being the top entertainment destination with good quality content,” Taiki Sakurai, Netflix’s chief anime producer, told Bloomberg. “The growth of our business is directly connected to the growth of our anime.”
According to Bloomberg, the global anime market reached $23 billion last year and is projected to expand to more than $36 billion by 2025.
Sony revealed in December that it intended to acquire the anime streaming service Crunchyroll for nearly $1.2 billion (though the sale has been postponed due to an antitrust inquiry by the US Department of Justice).
According to the New York Times, Netflix said last year that the number of households that streamed its anime offerings rose by half from the previous year.