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https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-01-31/netflix-to-co-produce-anime-with-production-i.g-bones-wit-studio/.127164

So it looks like Netflix is making moves again. I have no idea if this applies to every shows that these studio makes in the next x years or if it’s just few shows. Honestly can’t say I’m thrilled (I’m more annoyed) with this because Bones and IG are two of my favorite studios and that just means the possibility of genrally high quality shows put out by these studios are not going to get simulcasted.
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I mean if devilman, B the beginng and AICO(which is by BONES) are any indication, they seems to aim for worldwide releases. Also with Netflix, productions crumbling under pressure is pretty much gone. I mainly see this as a positive.

I assume it won't affect shows like AoT and MHA simply because these already have deals with tv networks over in Japan.

Also if you think about how Netflix works. A show doing well and backed by them will pretty much assure extra seasons.
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If it’s select few shows that Netflix legitimately funds to call it their “original” I’m fine with it. My problem is the possibility of Netflix nabbing every single shows put out by these studio in the upcoming seasons (especially shows that have already been announced that people look forward to and that hasn’t initially been announced for Netflix).
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If it’s select few shows that Netflix legitimately funds to call it their “original” I’m fine with it. My problem is the possibility of Netflix nabbing every single shows put out by these studio in the upcoming seasons (especially shows that have already been announced that people look forward to and that hasn’t initially been announced for Netflix).

This, pretty much. We have no clue what they will do. Netflix getting exclusive access to MHA would be a massive blow to CR.
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I can't imagine Funimation with the financial backing of Sony would let My Hero Academia or Attack on Titan get away from them
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MHA 3 has already been confirmed to be picked up by Funimation now AoT 3 hasn’t so I’m not sure if Funi or Netflix will get it.
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I am sure Toonami will want to broadcast Attack on Titan Season 3 nearly simultaneously like Season 2 and Black Clover. I wonder if having a broadcast channel in the US who wants to air the series would also lend some weight behind Funimation's desire to keep the series.
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AoT s3 has been confirmed by FUNi
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My biggest gripe with Netflix is they refuse to simulcast anime in the US. They apparently do it everywhere else in the world but not the US. As a result most series that go to Netflix fall off my radar.

A good chunk of the enjoyment of watching anime now is sharing reactions to the episodes as they air. Netflix's refusal to simulcast anime in the US sucks the wind out of that enjoyment. A series has to hit an extremely high "hype" hurdle for me to be willing to reactivate my subscription and watch it when Netflix finally diddles around to releasing it to the US. From my seat Netflix getting more and more involved in anime is a bad thing for anime viewing in the US so long as they continue to cling to their "binge only" model.
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Reddit discussion link. Not the end of the world, apparently...

https://www.reddit.com/r/anime/comments/7u878i/netflix_form_business_alliance_with_production_ig/dtikwf1/


  1. This deal only extends to Production I. G. and Bones anime that are co-produced by Netflix.
  2. Netflix is basically going to take the place of TV stations on specific production committees involving Production I. G. and Bones.
  3. Production committees rarely change drastically between seasons, so don't expect many sequels to suddenly only be available on Netflix.
  4. This deal ensures that Netflix will be the only distributor for whatever IG and Bones shows are co-produced by Netflix.
    This is much more similar to Devilman Crybaby than Netflix's delaycasts since the delaycasts were co-produced by TV stations and Netflix simply licensed distribution rights.
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This could either be good or bad depending on what exactly Netflix is trying to do with these studios. If they're now claiming exclusive rights to everything these studios produce (I think it's highly unlikely though), well that would be a nightmare. The 3rd seasons of MHA and AoT should be safe since CR and Funi already have them but anything after that would be doomed. If Netflix only means they're producing a few new anime with these studios that wouldn't exist without them like Devilman Crybaby, then that's great news. Less restrictions for the writers than if they were making shows that aired on t.v. and it shouldn't affect shows that do air on t.v.

In other words, if this deal means:
more shows being licensed as "Netflix Originals" like everything we've seen so far = bad
more shows being produced by Netflix as real Netflix Originals = good


domvina wrote:

They apparently do it everywhere else in the world but not the US. .


That's just Violet Evergarden. Everything else they license gets simulcasted in Japan only and then released for the rest of world months after it finishes. So it's even worse.
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domvina wrote:

They apparently do it everywhere else in the world but not the US. .


That's just Violet Evergarden. Everything else they license gets simulcasted in Japan only and then released for the rest of world months after it finishes. So it's even worse.


Ugh. Netflix doesn't seem to understand what's made the anime community grow to the size it has. And that worries me. As much good as Netflix could do with their originals they could as easily do bad with their hardheadedness. It's taken a supreme act of will for me not to delve into the Dark Side to see Violet Evergarden.
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So why exactly DOES Netflix refuse to simulcast shows outside of Japan? They have to realize it puts them at a disadvantage.
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So why exactly DOES Netflix refuse to simulcast shows outside of Japan? They have to realize it puts them at a disadvantage.


Probably because they do all of their own original content that way. Binge watching seems to be part of their identity now. I usually prefer to binge watch stuff, but if they release episodes as they air, then people who want to watch it as they air can watch it, but nothing prevents me from just waiting to binge watch the show.
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If we could get them to simulcast the shows this wouldn't exactly be a bad thing in my book.

To repeat what I ranted about elsewhere on the forum:
The one problem I have with Netflix originals is that they want to cling to the idea that binge watching is part of their identity. It's not exactly surprising that the majority of Netflix subscribers binge shows when that's virtually the only choice they have. Withholding a series until months after it finished airing only serves to kill a lot of the buzz a series creates, it's not like the people who prefer to binge after the season ends can't do so when a series originally simulcast.
Ideally I'd like to see them simulcast "originals" (that get a live broadcast on TV somewhere) in the original audio with subs, then go back and add different dub languages once the broadcast season has ended and they're done dubbing.
Originals they produce themselves and don't have a live TV broadcast months in advance are fine the way they handle them.
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