March 11, 2019
Netflix has entered into partnerships to create anime series with Anima, Sublimation and David Production.
Productions include the animated series “Altered Carbon: Resleeved”from Anima, based on Netflix’s original live-action, science-fiction series which launched in February 2018 and is currently in production on a second season. Netflix will also partner with Sublimation on “Dragon’s Dogma,” an original anime series based on the video game, and with David Production on “SPRIGGAN,”based on a manga series.
“Netflix aims to be the most compelling and attractive home for anime fans, creators and production studios,” said Netflix director of content (Japan) John Derderian in a statement. “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.”
“We’re particularly excited by the production line deal as this allows our creative team to focus on creating great content,” said Anima representative director Shinya Sasahara in a statement. “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 team has long dreamt of working on our own title,” said Sublimation representative director Atsushi Koishikawa in a statement. “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.”
“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,” said David Production president and CEO Koji Kajita in a statement. “With this new opportunity, we are ready to devote our creative passion as a player in the Japanese anime production space.”
Netflix inked anime deals with Production I.G and bones in 2018.