Netflix has made deals with 6 anime and manga creators
Netflix goes on to be one of the cool kids at the lunch table, with its Naruto headband and a stack of Yu-Gi-Oh! cards in its backpack, as Variety is reporting that the streaming service has signed yet one more affect yet one more batch of anime and manga creators to form cool animated content for the platform.
Last year, Netflix brought in famous anime studios such as Bones and Production I.G to make new shows (not to say the long-awaited and much-hyped streaming debut of Neon Genesis Evangelion as well as the still-in-the-works Cowboy Bebop adaptation).
This year, Netflix is adding to its anime collection by signing deals with artists and writers such as Otsuichi (Goth), Yasuo Ohtagaki (Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt), Shin Kibayashi (Drops Of God and Fire Emblem Fates), Mari Yamazaki (Thermae Romae), Tow Ubukata (Mardock Scramble), and the all-female art collective Clamp (creators of Cardcaptor Sakura)
We don’t know what any of these people are performing on, but this is often an honest excuse to speak briefly about Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt. Just like the best Gundam media, it leans really far into the “horror of war” genre, telling a story a few somewhat pointless and violently protracted battle between a squad of snipers (who happen to be piloting big robots) and a hot-headed, jazz-loving, self-involved “good guy” (who also happens to be piloting an enormous robot). Also, the snipers are wounded soldiers who are began of the front lines and one guy willingly has his limbs amputated so he are often a far better test-pilot for a special robot that’s controlled by brainpower. It’s messed-up and pretty rad.
Anyway, Netflix has promised that there’ll be other ways for people to “engage with the shows through publishing and consumer products” (which, using our anime expertise, we’re getting to assume means “manga” and “expensive statues”).