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Netflix taking Anime Seriously?

About a year ago people started to tell me about how Netflix was getting all sorts of anime titles … A quick peek and they was mostly originals that used the cheaper 3d cell animations. At the time I just didn’t see that it was the start of it. Today I was looking at the front of Netflix’s website. Look at what they had to say.

Netflix has an extensive library of feature films, documentaries, TV shows, anime, award-winning Netflix originals, and more. Watch as much as you want, anytime you want. Join free for 30 days to see everything Netflix has to offer.

Sure sure, we have to talk about the standard films, documentaries, TV shows, the things that Netflix has been known for but making sure to also add the word anime to the list shows how focus they are about it. This year Netflix brought the anime, Neon Genesis Evangelion to it’s platform, and in the same month brought A Silent Voice as well. I always kind of thought of anime as a Niche, Like horror and sci-fi movies. Maybe it’s time to take a better look at them.

Normally you need a Netflix account to see what they have. One of the failures I feel of Netflix as it’s large number of shows would help sell the service. But they do have what seem like little hidden peeks that you can view. Here you can view an anime collection on Netflix. There is quite a few good ones such as Love Chunibyo & Other Delusions, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Soul Eater, Ouran High School Host Club and March Comes in Like a Lion March Comes in Like a Lion. There is lots more to be had as well. But just with the ones listed we have Romance, Magic, and Drama. Shoot, even last year they had a good hand full of offerings. So much so that people put together a list of the top fifty and they are all pretty respectable choices.

Netflix also is trying to get things that no one else has, aka Netflix originals. Granted they are making some ‘anime’ that don’t feel give the look and feel of anime. But now they are starting to pull out some old animes that never really got adapted. Such as Spriggan. Spriggan has an 11 volume Manga but only one anime adaption that came out in 1998. Now Netflix out of all people is bringing it a TV show.

In the end I don’t think Netflix will ever get all the hard core anime fans using them as their primary service. But they might just be pushing for it to be added to the list of services I tell people that they can watch there anime from.

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