Netflix Shares Surprising Information About Its Anime Stats


Netflix brought streaming to the fore years ago, and it’s hard to imagine entertainment without the giant today. From original series to exclusive licenses, the company does it all and has never shied away from anime. So of course fans will want to listen now that Netflix is ​​sharing some rare stats about its users and their anime habits.

Recently, Kohei Obara spoke with Variety about Netflix’s anime ambitions. This is where Anime’s Creative Director said “over half” of Netflix’s global audience has watched anime in the past year.

This number is even higher in Japan, where the anime originated. According to Netflix Japan, 90% of users have watched anime in the past 12 months. It’s hardly surprising given the market, but it does show just how much Netflix has marketed itself as an anime powerhouse in Japan and overseas.

Obara went on to say that Netflix continues to see anime as a vital investment. This comes several years after Netflix announced plans to invest in anime with both original productions and exclusive licenses. “Anime is one of the cornerstones of [Netflix’s] investment in Japan”, explained the director.

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For the curious, Netflix has added 40 anime series to its catalog in 2021, double the number added in 2020. This year will welcome another 40 titles. And while fans are invested in Netflix’s anime plans, there are fans who aren’t happy with its distribution methods. After all, Netflix always releases anime seasons after they release in Japan or, at best, in delayed batches. This schedule proved disastrous for anime fandoms such as JoJo’s Bizarre Adventureso fans are hoping that Netflix will speed up its release schedule as soon as possible.

What do you think of this latest report? Has Netflix become a go-to place for your anime streaming needs? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below or hit me up on Twitter @MeganPetersCB.



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