In its attempt to continually provide more new and interesting original content, Netflix has landed a unique deal with Polygon Pictures to exclusively premiere and air the upcoming anime adaptation of popular manga series Ajin: Demi-Human worldwide. The episodes will appear on Netflix in Japan just three days after airing, and will appear on Netflix in all other markets at once shortly after the series’ run ends in mid 2016.
The Ajin: Demi-Human TV series is set to hit the small screen in January 2016, but it will not be the first images of the popular manga to be seen in motion. In fact, the series is set to release a trio of animated films based on Gamon Sakurai’s supernatural seinen in addition to the television episodes, the first of which is scheduled to hit theaters in Japan on November 27 and is titled Ajin Part 1: Shōdō.
This will be the second anime to premiere on non-domestic markets through Netflix, as it premiered the sci-fi anime series Knights of Sidonia in July 2014. Knights of Sidonia was well received by fans and critics alike, even drawing praise from Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima, who says it’s the kind of anime that has a “made in Japan” feel and brings back “cool” to the anime industry.
With that previous success, Netflix surely has high hopes for Ajin: Demi-Human as it hopes that this kind of milestone deal that brings content to subscribers faster than previously available will keep it at the forefront of internet TV and movie streaming. Becoming the global destination for foreign markets can serve as a large asset, as it is for its rival Hulu.
If some are unfamiliar with Ajin, the story centers around a high school student who is fatally hit by a truck, only to be revived with a price on his head.
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