Whether you love it or hate it, Netflix is a force of nature still in the world of streaming services. And while Disney has gone big on their Disney+ platform (including announcing a near infinite amount of new projects between their Star Wars and Marvel brands…) the difference is the original service that blew up the world is having things come sooner rather than later. What’s more, in the shifting marketplace that is the streaming world, they’ve been working on getting more things to be a part of them, including a lot of Anime.
As noted by Variety and ComicBook.com, Netflix has been working wonders in getting their animen viewership up. Comparing 2019 to 2020 the streaming service has had a literal 100% increase in viewing on their anime titles overall. With the biggest thing being the 3D remaster of the first Pokemon movie via: Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution.
There’s also the big viewing for the newest Pokemon series in Pokemon Journeys, which is brought to the service in installments and is almost always a Top 10 viewed series when that happens. Add that to titles like Beastars, Baki, and more and you can see that the service is being very serious about its anime contingent of fans.
In fact, if you were to type “anime” on Netflix you’d find quite a bit more than you were expecting, including things like Castlevania, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Full Metal Alchemist, One Piece, One Punch Man, and even anime-ish shows like Avatar The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra.
The need to have so much anime on Netflix can easily be attributed to the boom of the genre in recent years thanks to shows like Attack on Titan, My Hero Academia, Demon Slayer and more. They don’t want to feel left out and as a result they are going all-out to make sure they are part of the fan dynamic.