Netflix has teamed up with Nippon TV for a new licensing deal, this time acquiring the licensing rights for a handful of classic anime like Berserk, Hunter X Hunter (2011) and Death Note, among others. The streaming service will begin gradually adding these titles to the platform in the coming months.
Hunter X Hunter will be the first to arrive – at least the first 38 episodes out of its 148 episode series count – coming to Netflix on 1 September. This will be followed by shorter anime like Ouran High School Host Club and dark fantasy series Claymore on the same day. Additionally, classic shows like Berserk and Hajime no Ippo will be added at a slightly later date along with Parasyte: The Maxim and the lengthy detective thriller, Monster.
The full list of anime coming to Netflix soon are as follows:
- Hunter X Hunter – 148 episodes
- Ouran High School Host Club – 26 episodes
- Claymore – 26 episodes
- Death Note – 37 episodes
- Death Note: Relight 1 – 130-minute OVA
- Death Note: Relight 2 – 120 minute OVA
- From Me to You – 25 episodes
- From Me to You 2nd Season – 13 episodes
- Berserk – 25 episodes
- Parasyte: The Maxim – 24 episodes
- Nana – 47 episodes
- Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting – 76 episodes
- Monster – 74 episodes
Netflix has been bolstering its anime offering for a few years now, showing the service’s commitment to delivering animation from Japan and other parts of the world. Over the past decade, the medium has reached mainstream audiences thanks to the likes of popular anime like Demon Slayer, Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia.
Unfortunately, Netflix hasn’t seen much success with its failed anime adaptations into live-action television shows. The company cancelled Cowboy Bebop after one season and it also developed a standalone Death Note movie directed by Adam Wingard that wasn’t well-received by critics and fans. Netflix is currently planning adaptations of classic long-running anime like One Piece and Yu Yu Hakusho, among others.