Netflix to premiere ‘around 40’ new anime titles in 2021


Netflix is stepping up its anime game in 2021. During the AnimeJapan 2021 showcase on Friday, the streaming service announced that will release “around 40” anime titles, movies and series, in 2021 — almost double what it released last year.

Among Netflix’s upcoming shows are a few anime series that are set to release in the next for months. On April 8, Netflix will release the first season of Way of the Househusband, a comedy series about a former Yakuza member raising a family, animated by J.C. Staff. Later that same month, the streaming service will premiere MAPPA’s Yasuke, which tells the story of a Black samurai in an alternate-history version of Japan.

Promotional art for Netflix’s Yasuke anime Image: Takeshi Koike/MAPPA

On May 27, Netflix will release Eden, a show set in the far-flung future where a human baby is born into a world of artificially intelligent robots. Eden will be directed by Yasuhiro Irie, the director of Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Netflix also announced that it will premiere the anime adaptation of Record of Ragnarok, a series about gods and humans battling for the fate of the world. Finally, Netflix also has Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, an anime series based on the game franchise premiering later this year as well.

These are only a few of the dozens of series Netflix plans to release in 2021. Netflix has a long list of anime projects in development that do not have release dates, including series based on The Witcher, Lara Croft, Godzilla, and The Terminator.