Netflix “May Make Anime”

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A recent interview with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings at the DealBook conference has revealed that the company has become interested in producing anime to expand their ever growing media service, doubtless leading fans to hope efforts to account for the tastes of gun and cyborg loving western audiences will give rise to some hits.

Hastings states that he wishes to pursue an even wider range of unique programming, with “anime” and “Bollywood-style shows” apparently catching his interest most for their dominance in foreign markets.

The online streaming media service already possesses a host of anime for viewing and even launched Netflix Japan on September 2nd, so expanding on the concept was not a surprising course of action.

The entire interview:

The CEO goes on to mention that such programming would aid in acquiring more users in foreign regions, although whether an American company attempting to cater to Japanese audiences would have any more success than Japanese companies did with their occasional made-for-export titles remains to be seen.

It has not been specifically stated whether Netflix intend to actually create their own original anime and shows, or if they instead intend to adapt existing works into brand new shows – either way, more shows from a company with both ratings and advertiser independence hardly sound like a bad thing…


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    Comment by Anonymous
    05:17 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    someone needs to check what the word "make" really means in the dictionary

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:32 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    its not anime when barbarians make it, morons.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:44 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Considering anime literally means animation, and it's a copied form of media that existed in America, Germany and France before Japan, I'd have to say you're wrong. In fact, the entire concept of modern day cartoons were inspired by Disney. Mickey Mouse and Snow White were massive inspirations to the entire art form. I'd say anime is more western than western cartoons are more anime, because... Well... The west kind of invented it.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    19:48 08/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most Kanji were basically copied from China. Japanese are really good at copying stuff in a way that makes it originally Japanese. Anime is one of those things.

    Comment by Anonymous

    your are part of the "barbarians", moron.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:52 31/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, it's just that Netflix are barbarians.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    19:50 08/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    True, but all he said was that if barbarians try to make anime it won't be anime what they make. Though, they could give the Japanese money so they can make anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:16 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    to put this in perspective, daredevil's cost was $200 million dollars.

    now imagine that kind of money in an anime :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:41 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Licensing != making

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:24 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    they've been licensing anime for a while, they're thinking about actually sponsoring it now

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:05 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    A Western company having executive control over anime production? Whelp, here comes the SJW animu's. Get ready to check your fucking privilege, weebs. HERE CUMS THE DIVERSITY!

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:21 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Netflix answers only to it's customers and soulless investors. They were one of the first to offer Jeremy Clarkson a deal when he got sacked from the BBC, after everyone else was riding the "sack Clarkson!" bandwagon for all his non politically correct controversy.

    I don't think we need to worry about Netflix catering to SJW crowds.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:40 09/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because there is so much to ruin these days isn't there? Bah, most genres I like are basically dead these days because they can't squeeze teenage girls into them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:57 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sub or Dub though?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:45 08/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I love anime!!! Bring more over!! That Bollywood crap is about 60 years behind the rest of the world!! Its style went out of vogue around the time of color tv Netflix does not need more of it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:09 11/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they are any smart at all, instead of trying to produce their own anime, they will just partner in an anime production committee (basically limiting themselves to funding, while letting the Japanese do their thing how they better know).

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:50 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anime actually isn't very expensive to make. They could pick up a half dozen popular manga/light novels that have yet to recieve the anime treatment and make a ton of $$$$

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:47 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, er, stop baiting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:51 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    What do you mean, baiting? I assume you think he's trolling by saying anime is cheap to make. It is. Massively so. In comparison to western animation budgets for even pretty mediocre productions, anime costs next to nothing to make. Even the really well-funded ones are cheap in comparison. Steamboy is the most expensive feature-length anime ever, and it cost 26 million USD to make. Tangled, for example, is estimated to have cost 260 million USD to make. Ten times the budget.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:52 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Netflix already turned the manga "The Seven Deadly Sins" into a Netflix original series (in association with Aniplex). How is this news?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:01 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They didn't make that, they simply licensed it. They've suggested they'll be producing series from the ground up.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    09:14 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Netflix should make magipoka season 2 and Spice and wolf season 3.

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    Comment by cpc65
    08:51 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Netflix “May Make Anime” - and my butt may make monkeys.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:55 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Netflix is the shit, some amazing originals too. Cant wait for Jessica Jones, more Daredevil and Pesky Blinders.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:44 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're right, Netflix is Shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:15 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Must suck, being a poorf@g.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:45 09/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're missing out over petty nonsense. Netflix should be praised up and down not hated in in any way. What other company is rapidly localizing context to 4 plus counties at time. Not just adding subtitles, but dubbing as well using local talent andniiat just the lowest bidders. People can say they didn't created the anime from then ground up, but they did a way more than they're given credit for. They just released an anime never seen elsewhere and guranteed it has the largest, most culturally diverse voice cast in history.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:49 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    The future of TV is streaming. If you follow TV ratings, you'd see year on year most networks are losing viewers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:15 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    given the high cost they expect cable/sat providers to pay for their shit, which the consumer ends up paying for, they deserve to lose customers.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    11:38 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I just keep thinking of all the tards I see calling Avatar: The Last Airbender an "Anime" and can't stop thinking "I sure as shit hope this doesn't create more tards."...Don't get me wrong, I think Netflix should create animated motion pictures or animated series...and call them animated motion pictures or animated series...but don't call it "Anime" if it clearly isn't made by a Japanese studio with Japanese staff.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:21 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    You have said everything I came here to say. Though, I will add that I do remember when America was satisfied with just putting out terrible dubs of anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:43 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's closer to anime than Adventure time, or Steven's Universe

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:12 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    just like that RWBY shit

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:03 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    You do realize "anime" is merely short for "animation", right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:06 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Context dictates it refers to Japanese stylised animation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:05 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Strange that the Japanese use the term "anime" to refer to all forms of animated works. Funny how people get butthurt about it...by which I mean weeaboos ruining it for everyone.

    Comment by Anonymous

    They already did Sidonia and Seven Deadly Sins, so why is this some new amazing news?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:02 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They licensed those. They didn't make them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:16 07/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    conglaturations, a retard is you




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