It seems like Netflix is in the news more for cancelling shows than it is for making them lately, but the streaming giant still has tons of stuff in the works. Netflix announced five new anime this week along with some data that points to just how well the medium is doing for the company.
“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 chief anime producer, at the two-hour Netflix Anime Festival 2020 virtual event, embedded below.
The company has seen 50% growth year-over-year, and Netflix subscribers in 100 million households watched anime through the service in the last year, with anime titles making Netflix “top 10” lists in almost 100 countries. Netflix has also grown its Japanese acquisition staff from just one person in 2016 to ten at the current point.