It’s no secret that Netflix is investing more into anime content than seemingly any other streaming video company. Now it seems that Netflix is taking it a step further by partnering with some big Japanese anime studios. Companies like Anima, Sublimation and David Production have reportedly signed on with Netflix. Altered Carbon: Resleeved – the animated version of Netflix’s live-action sci-fi series – will be done by Anima. Sublimation will take on Dragon’s Dogma, while David Production will work on SPRIGGAN, which will be based on the manga. Don’t forget that Netflix has made earlier deals with Production I.G. and studio Bones back in 2018.
Production I.G will be spearheading Ghost in a Shell SAC_2045, while studio Bones will be working on Super Crooks. Netflix has also partnered with Wit Studio, the studio behind Attack on Titan, with their original series titled Vampire in the Garden. According to John Dederian, the Netflix director of content, he states that “Netflix aims to be the most compelling and attractive home for anime fans, creators and production studios. We are creating an environment where production houses can do their best work, and deliver their shows on a service where we connect anime fans from over 190 countries to content they love.”
It appears that the companies that have joined Netflix in their venture to bolster the streaming giants anime library seem to happy as well. Take a look at some of the statements below.
anima Inc., Representative Director, Shinya Sasahara：
“We’re particularly excited by the production line deal as this allows our creative team to focus on creating great content. We are proud to work on a well-known title like Altered Carbon as the first title from this partnership and to have the opportunity to bring our creation to fans all over the world. Please look forward to anime unique to anima.”
Sublimation Inc., Representative Director, Atsushi Koishikawa：
“Sublimation team has long dreamt of working on our own title. We have oftentimes worked with partner studios to create partial CGI portions within a given title, so we feel very fortunate to work with Netflix through this production line deal. We’re excited to bring our unique cel-shaded animation that carries hand-drawn textures to anime fans around the world.”
David Production Inc., President, and CEO, Koji Kajita：
“This deal opens us to story development for international audiences beyond Japan, as well as the chance to explore new technologies and creative expressions on a long-term basis. With this new opportunity, we are ready to devote our creative passion as a player in the Japanese anime production space.”
Ghost in the Shell: SAC _2045 – Production I.G, Inc.
Created by Masamune Shiro, the sequel of much-acclaimed Ghost In the Shell SAC series has come back as a full 3DCG anime series. Directors Kenji Kamiyama, Shinji Aramaki, and SOLA DIGITAL ARTS will collaborate once again following ULTRAMAN (streaming on April 1st on Netflix). This is the first Ghost In the Shell series to be brought to fans with a double director.
Vampire in the Garden – WIT STUDIO
An original series by WIT STUDIO on two girls Momo and Fine from different backgrounds who meet by chance. A story about an unlikely friendship between human and vampire race that intertwines with the power or music.
Super Crooks – bones.inc
A story by Mark Millar and artist Leinil Francis Yu, the creators of Kick-Ass and Wanted. Crime and thrills meet supernatural powers in this Millarworld title.
Source: Press Release