Netflix made a splash this year at AnimeJapan 2022, showcasing highlights from 40 new exclusive anime titles, with a diverse slate spanning genres that will thrill both current and new viewers.
Thermae Romae Novae, which premieres tomorrow and is the first project from Netflix’s direct cooperation with anime producers, Kotaro Lives Alone, and Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure are among the new titles. It also includes family-friendly anime flicks such as Bubble, a gravity-defying action blockbuster that just premiered at the 72nd Berlin Film Festival and will be available on Netflix starting April 28. It also includes films made by top-tier studios such as Studio Colorido’s Drifting Home.
Netflix has also confirmed that JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure STONE OCEAN, a fan favorite, will return for episodes 13-24 later this year.
“Anime is one of the cornerstones of our investment in Japan, watched by nearly 90 percent of our members here last year. At the same time, interest in anime has grown worldwide, and more than half of our members globally tuned into it last year,” says Kohei Obara, Director, Anime Creative, Netflix.
“From diversifying our slate to bringing back fan favorites, we want to continue growing our members’ discovery and love for anime, both in Japan and around the world with this next chapter of anime on Netflix.”
During the AnimeJapan stage event, Netflix presented new character art and the primary cast for The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh, which will premiere in 2022, as well as key art and the main trailer for GHOST IN THE SHELL: SAC 2045 Season 2, which will be released on May 23.
Megumi Han (Vampire in the Garden, GHOST IN THE SHELL: SAC 2045 Season 2), Mariya Ise (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure STONE OCEAN, TIGER & BUNNY 2, Spriggan), Yuki Kaji (Bubble, The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh, Akuma Kun), Junichi Suwabe (ULTRAMAN Season 2, Kotaro Lives Alone), and KenjiKenjiro Tsuda (Thermae Romae Novae) brought the various anime projects to life for fans at the stage event.