Having previously signed distribution deals with Netflix for reality, drama and entertainment series, Japan’s Nippon TV is expanding its relationship with the streamer, licensing 13 of its most popular anime titles to the platform in a non-exclusive deal.
Some series will be wider than others, in particular hunter x hunter whose first 38 episodes will be added to Netflix in 104 countries, including Spain, Italy, Finland, Turkey, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on September 1. The same day, Ouran High School Host Club will be available in 190 countries, and Old house in 136 countries.
The new partnership builds on previous deals for the Nippon TV reality series. old enough!as well as 30 of its biggest drama series and entertainment shows streaming on Netflix in its Asian markets.
With Hunter X Hunter, Ouran High School Host Club Y Old housethe rest of the titles included in the new deal are Death Note, Death Note: Rekindle 1 and Death Note: Rekindle 2 (in 14 markets); From Me to You, From Me to You Season 2, Berserk, Parasyte – The Maxim, Nana, Hajime No Ippo: The Fight! Y Monster.
Netflix has been aggressive in its anime push of late. The streamer’s anime director Kohei Obara previously stated that half of his global subscribers watched anime on the service in 2021.
Akane Inoue, Anime Sales and Licensing, International Business Development, Nippon TV said of today’s announcement, “Given the tremendous success of old enough! around the world, along with our drama series and entertainment shows streaming to huge audiences in Asia, we are truly honored to announce this new deal with Netflix for some of our most beloved anime series in our catalogue. For many years, anime has been a driving force at Nippon TV, where we have been producing successful anime titles such as Hunter x hunter, death note and many more. With anime rising in popularity around the world, the timing couldn’t be better for this exciting partnership with Netflix. I have no doubt that anime fans will be talking about these titles all over the world.”