Netflix announces new anime content including Dragon’s Dogma
Netflix has announced new partnership deals with major Japanese production companies such as Anima, Sublimation, and David Production in order to produce and develop three new original anime series for the streaming service.
“Netflix aims to be the most compelling and attractive home for anime fans, creators and production studios. We are creating an environment where production houses can do their best work, and deliver their shows on a service where we connect anime fans from over 190 countries to content they love” said Netflix Director of Content (Japan), John Derderian.
Anima will be working with Netflix to produce the previously announced animated series adaptation Altered Carbon: Resleeved which was based on the streaming service’s live-action sci-fi series of the same name. Meanwhile, Sublimation and David Production will be separately collaborating with Netflix for the development of two new anime shows Dragon’s Dogma and SPRIGGAN, respectively.
“We’re particularly excited by the production line deal as this allows our creative team to focus on creating great content. We are proud to work on a well-known title like Altered Carbon as the first title from this partnership, and to have the opportunity to bring our creation to fans all over the world. Please look forward to anime unique to anima.” Anima’s Representative Director Shinya Sasahara said in a press release.
Representative Director of Sublimation Atsushi Koishikawa added. “Sublimation team has long dreamt of working on our own title. We have oftentimes worked with partner studios to create partial CGI portions within a given title, so we feel very fortunate to work with Netflix through this production line deal. We’re excited to bring our unique cel shaded animation that carries hand-drawn textures to anime fans around the world.”
Dragon’s Dogma will be based on the critically-acclaimed video game of the same name while SPRIGGAN will be adapted from a manga series written by Hiroshi Takashige.
“This deal opens us to story development for international audiences beyond Japan, as well as the chance to explore new technologies and creative expressions on a long-term basis. With this new opportunity, we are ready to devote our creative passion as a player in the Japanese anime production space.” David Production’s President and CEO Koji Kajita said.
The three new anime series’ synopses are described as follows:
Altered Carbon: Resleeved – “set in the same universe of the Netflix live-action sci-fi series, will explore new elements of the story mythology.”
Dragon’s Dogma – Based on a world-famous action RPG set in an open world, Dragon’s Dogma from CAPCOM will be brought to life as a Netflix original anime series. “The story follows a man’s journey seeking revenge on a dragon who stole his heart. On his way, the man is brought back to life as an ‘Arisen’. An action adventure about a man challenged by demons who represent the seven deadly sins of humans.”
SPRIGGAN – based on classic manga by Hiroshi Takashige, illustrated by Ryoji Minagawa. “Edgy sci-fi battle action about a man with supernatural powers to seal historical remains.”
Netflix is also currently busy developing three other original anime series such as: Production I.G’s Ghost in the Shell: SAC _2045 which is scheduled to debut on 2020; WIT STUDIO’s Vampire in the Garden that follows a an unlikely friendship between a human girl and a vampire girl; and bones.inc’s Super Crooks.