Tomorrow, KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA will be available on Netflix, in its entirety. While plenty of anime series come up and down from that selection slate without needing much comment, what’s noteworthy about this is that the show’s being presented as a ‘Netflix Original.’ And that’s a matter of semantics, obviously. It already ran in Japan throughout the spring, and Netflix didn’t actually produce the show -- it’s just making the sub available in America faster.
The blurb for this ran quietly on Gizmodo last week, but I really find it to be one of the most intriguing bits of news going into Anime Expo this weekend. The fact that Netflix would make a big deal of this acquisition, going so far as to label it a Netflix Original, shows that their anime section must be getting a response positive enough to take seriously.
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Since RWBY ran last year, it’s felt like we’ve been on the cusp of American-produced anime becoming a more regular occurrence. It might’ve seemed impossible before, but having seen Netflix re-write a lot of rules of television between HOUSE OF CARDS and the upcoming, darker DAREDEVIL series, the prospect of this being done well seems realer, and very exciting. Hell, the network’s method of zeroing in on niche audiences isn’t all too different than it’d be if they were making OVA’s.
Honestly, I wish that KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA would’ve been rendered in a higher frame-rate. The models look beautiful, and actually have a bit of gestural flair which you generally just see in 2D animation. They just look… jerky in motion.
But that’s just a quibble. I’m excited about where this could go. So I’ll turn the topic to you, Vicers. How many of you watch anime on Netlfix? Are you going to binge-stream KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA this weekend? Do you hope this leads to more involve East/West anime co-productions? What would you like to see? Let your opinions be known in the comments.