Netflix Announces 5 New Anime Originals for 2021
Expanding on the staggering popularity of the genre among viewers.
Last week, Netflix‘s 2020 Anime Festival, livestreamed from Japan, saw the streaming platform announce several noteworthy developments in the popular genre. The company highlighted anime’s popularity among viewers, citing that over 100 million households worldwide watched at least one anime title in 2020. Due to its success with the genre, Netflix is developing five new anime original series to release sometime in 2021.
“In just four short years since launching our creative team in Tokyo, Netflix has expanded the reach and overall audience of anime — a category conventionally seen as niche,” said Taiki Sakurai, Netflix’s anime chief producer. “Given the success of shows such as Seven Deadly Sins and Baki, we are excited now more than ever to challenge ourselves to expand our aspirational anime programming for fans around the world.”
Five new anime originals include Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure, an expansion of the Rilakkuma franchise, thriller High-Rise Invasion and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure spinoff Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan. Thermae Romae Novae follows ancient Roman bath creator Lucius as he is transported to modern-day Japan and lastly, The Way of the Househusband chronicles a retired Yakuza member’s transition from gangster to stay-at-home husband.
Watch Netflix’s 2020 Anime Festival livestream above.
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