Netflix Acquires Worldwide Streaming Rights To Iconic Anime Titles Like “Berserk,” “Parasyte,” And “Monster”

Netflix has bought the streaming rights to a small number of common anime shows. Variety reports that the company recently made a deal with Nippon Television to show Berserk, Claymore, Dying Watch, Parayste: The Maxim, and nine other shows and movies to people all over the world. Hunter X Hunter is one of these, and Netflix plans to stream it first.

As of September 2, 104 countries will be able to get translations of Yoshihiro Togashi’s popular manga series. Some anime shows, like Death Note and Hunter X Hunter, have been mainstays of Netflix’s North American library for a long time. The first one is so popular on Netflix that the Duffer brothers were given permission to make a live-action version of the series.

Hajime no Ippo: The Preventing!, Monster, and Nana are also important additions. The deal will also give anime fans a chance to watch some of those shows on a platform other than Crunchyroll.

Since Sony bought the streaming service for almost $1.2 billion in 2020 and started moving the Funimation catalog around, Crunchyroll has been the biggest player in the overseas anime industry, for better or worse.

Berserk

The Japanese manga series Berserk (, Hepburn: Beruseruku) was created by Kentaro Miura. This dark fantasy tale follows Guts, a lone fighter, and Griffith, the head of a mercenary band known as the “Band of the Hawk,” as they traverse a realm reminiscent of medieval Europe. In 1988, Miura showed off an early version of Berserk. The anime television series Berserk, produced by OLM and airing from October 1997 to March 1998, consists of a total of 25 episodes and follows the plot during the Golden Age. Trilogy of theatrical anime films based on the Golden Age storyline also debuted in 2012 and 2013 respectively. In 2016 and 2017, a second 24-episode anime TV series adaptation aired for two seasons. In May of 2021, it was estimated that more than 50 million copies of the Berserk manga, including digital editions, were in circulation worldwide. In 2002, it won the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize for the sixth time, taking home the award for excellence. The gothic atmosphere, compelling plot, memorable characters, and intricate artwork by Miura have all contributed to Berserk’s high critical praise.

Parasyte

Hitoshi Iwaaki’s science fiction horror manga series Parasyte Parasyte (Japanese: Hepburn: Kiseij, lit. “Parasitic Beasts”) ran in Kodansha’s Morning Open Zkan and Monthly Afternoon magazine from 1988 to 1995. Tokyopop, Del Rey, and Kodansha USA have published volumes of the manga in North America.  Two live-action Japanese films, one in 2014 and one in 2015, were adapted from the manga. Parasyte -the maxim- is the name of a Japanese anime television series that ran from October 2014 to March 2015 and was adapted from the manga by Madhouse. The American broadcast premiered in October 2015 and ran through April 2016 on Adult Swim’s Toonami block. Parasyte took home the Seiun Award for best manga in 1996 and the Kodansha Manga Award for general excellence in 1993. At the time of its publication in August 2022, the manga had already sold over 25 million copies, making it a top-tier bestseller.

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