Japan’s Nippon TV and streaming juggernaut Netflix are expanding their distribution deal today. As part of their new agreement, Netflix will add 13 of the most popular anime titles on Nippon TV to its growing catalog.
Fans of Japanese animation (or anime as it is popularly known) will be pleased to know that Hunter X Hunter, Ouran High School Host Club, and Claymore will be on Netflix on September 1. These series will be available in 100+ countries as part of a wide-ranging distribution deal.
This isn’t the first time the two entertainment heavyweights have collaborated. An earlier deal between the two saw 30 Nippon TV dramas and shows like Old Enough! find another home on Netflix’s Asian markets.
Complete list of Nippon TV content
Netflix is getting:
- Hunter X Hunter
- Ouran High School Host Club
- Death Note
- Death Note: Relight 1
- Death Note: Relight 2
- From Me To You
- From Me To You 2nd Season
- Parasyte – The Maxim
- Hajime No Ippo: The Fighting!
Why is Netflix doubling down on anime?
Kohei Obara, Netflix’s director of anime, says that half of its subscribers watched anime in 2021.
Nippon TV’s Akane Inoue announced the new partnership with considerable fanfare. He says, “Given the tremendous success of Old Enough! around the world, coupled with our drama series and entertainment shows streaming to large audiences in Asia, we are truly honored to be announcing this new deal with Netflix for some of our most beloved anime series in our catalog. For many years, anime has been a driving force at Nippon TV where we have been producing hit anime titles such as Hunter X Hunter, Death Note, and many more. With anime continuing to surge in popularity around the world, the timing could not be better for this exciting partnership with Netflix. I have no doubt anime fans will be talking about these titles the world over.”