Netflix has entered into partnerships with Anima, David Production, and Sublimation.
On top of Netflix’s deals with Production I.G and Bones last year, the streaming service is gunning for more anime on the platform. These production houses and Netflix will jointly create original anime series, including the animated series Altered Carbon: Resleeved from Anima.
Altered Carbon is based on the service’s original live action sci-fi series, whose first season launched last year in February and for which a second season is currently in production.
Netflix will also partner with Sublimation on Dragon’s Dogma, an original anime series based on the critically acclaimed video game of the same name. And lastly, it will jointly create Spriggan, based on a manga series, with David Production.
The three titles join two series that will be produced by Production I.G and Bones. They are Production I.G’s Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, premiering on Netflix in 2020, and Wit Studio’s Vampire in the Garden.
Bones will produce Super Crooks, based on the comic book created by writer Mark Millar and artist Leinil Francis Yu.
Netflix content director in Japan, John Derderian says: “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 nations to content they love.”
The production line deals reflect Netflix’s ongoing commitment to grow its quality anime library by working closely with top creators in the industry. These deals are one of the best ways to secure top craftsmen in the industry in every process of production.
“We’re particularly excited by the production line deal as this allows our creative team to focus on creating great content,” says anima Incorporated director Shinya Sasahar. “We are proud to work on a well-known title like Altered Carbon as the first title from this partnership.”
Sublimation representative director Atsushi Koishikawa is also excited. “The Sublimation team has long dreamt of working on our own title. We have often worked with partner studios to create partial CGI [computer-generated imagery] 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.”
Koji Kajita, president and chief executive of David Production, is excited at how this partnership will open the artform.
“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,” says Kajita.
“With this new opportunity, we’re ready to devote our creative passion as a player in the Japanese anime production space.”
What titles to expect
• Altered Carbon: Resleeved (Anima Incorporated) – this anime feature spin-off, set in the same universe of the Netflix live-action sci-fi series (second season in production from Skydance Television), will explore new elements of the story mythology;
• Dragon’s Dogma (Sublimation) – based on a world-famous action role-playing game set in an open world, Dragon’s Dogma from CapCom will be brought to life as a Netflix original anime series.
The story follows a man’s journey seeking revenge on a dragon who stole his heart. On his way, the man is brought back to life as an “Arisen” – an action adventure about a man challenged by demons who represent the seven deadly sins of humans;
• Spriggan (David Production) – Netflix’s original anime based on classic manga by Hiroshi Takashige, illustrated by Ryoji Minagawa. Edgy sci-fi battle action about a man with supernatural powers to seal historical remains;
• Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 (I.G) – created by Masamune Shiro, the sequel of much-acclaimed Ghost In the Shell SAC series has come back as a full 3DCG series. Directors Kenji Kamiyama, Shinji Aramaki and Sola Digital Arts will collaborate once again, following Ultraman (streaming April 1 on Netflix);
• Vampire in the Garden (Wit Studio) – an original series by the anime company about two girls – Momo and Fine – from different backgrounds who meet by chance. This is a story about an unlikely friendship between the human and vampire race that intertwines with the power of music;
• Super Crooks (Bones) – 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.