Love anime? It turns out you are absolutely not alone. In a recent interview with Variety, Kohei Obara, Netflix’s director, anime creative, shared some statistics about anime viewership on the platform. And it turns out the numbers are high. Higher than even anime lovers may have expected.
Here’s what Obara has to say, “Anime is one of the cornerstones of our investment in Japan, watched by nearly 90% of our members here last year. At the same time, interest in anime has grown worldwide, and more than half of our members globally tuned into it last year.” In Japan, the number of Netflix’s anime viewers seems astronomical. But globally, the percentage is no slouch either. Over 50% of global viewers engaged with anime in the last year. And that number only seems to be on the rise. This means millions of people watch anime worldwide—something we definitely love to hear.
Though some may see anime as a genre, it feels more like a medium. Anime offers so many diverse options for viewers, some that more casual viewers may not even know about. For example, there are action-packed anime, which revolve around romance, sports anime, and more. And Netflix is working on continuing to increase these options.
Obara echoes these sentiments sharing, “From diversifying our slate to bringing back fan favorites, we want to continue growing our members’ discovery and love for anime, both in Japan and around the world, with this next chapter of anime on Netflix.”
Anime on Netflix in 2022
In all, Netflix plans to bring 40 anime titles to its platform in 2022. And these shows include new shows and old favorites.
the action-packed mecha anime series PACIFIC RIM: THE BLACK returns for its epic Kaiju conclusion. only on Netflix, April 19. pic.twitter.com/iX3jMyznWM— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) March 23, 2022
ONLY A WEEK LEFT UNTIL...— Netflix Anime (@NetflixAnime) April 1, 2022
🐯 TIGER & BUNNY 2 🐰
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Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 is back for season 2! here's the trailer— Netflix Anime (@NetflixAnime) March 27, 2022
¡Llega la temporada 2 de Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045! ¡Dentro tráiler! pic.twitter.com/VZvbzJmeES
The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh Part 2 is coming! here's the new art that dropped today at Anime Japan!— Netflix Anime (@NetflixAnime) March 27, 2022
¡Llega The Seven Deadly Sins: El rencor de Edimburgo (Parte 2)! ¡Y este es el cartel promocional que vimos en Anime Japan! pic.twitter.com/wx1UCa9hCW
Ultraman season 2 is on it's way! check out this character feature just dropped at Anime Japan!— Netflix Anime (@NetflixAnime) March 27, 2022
¡La temporada 2 de ULTRAMAN ya está de camino y este es uno de los personajes que presentaron en el Anime Japan! pic.twitter.com/yaFY9TCUF4
a new trailer for Vampire in the Garden by WIT STUDIO, Ryota Makihara and Tetsuya Nishihara!— Netflix Anime (@NetflixAnime) March 27, 2022
¡Nuevo tráiler de Vampire in the Garden! pic.twitter.com/riEi9xj9PK
check out the new trailer for episodes 13-24 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure STONE OCEAN!— Netflix Anime (@NetflixAnime) March 26, 2022
¡Ya está aquí el nuevo tráiler para los episodios del 13 al 24 de JoJo's Bizarre Adventure STONE OCEAN! pic.twitter.com/FWcxyouljA
From JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Stone Ocean to Tiger & Bunny 2 to Pacific Rim: The Black to Ultraman, these anime offerings call the name of many fans. Anime takeover, 2022.