Netflix is partnering with six different Japanese creators in order to expand its slate of original anime content. Among the deals are ones with Clamp, the female manga collective that was responsible for the “Cardcaptor Sakura” franchise. Another is with Mari Yamazaki, whose “Thermae Romae” manga was turned into two hit live-action films.
Also including Shin Kibayashi (The Kindaichi Case Files), Yasuo Ohtagaki (Mobile Suit Gundam: Thunderbolt), Otsuichi (Goth), and Tow Ubukata (Mardock Scramble) they are a mix of manga artists, novelists, screenwriters and filmmakers who have each played a part in the growing popularity of anime around the world.
Last year Netflix signed deals with five other creators: Production I.G, bones, anima, David Production and Sublimation.