In an interview with Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times at the DealBook conference on Tuesday, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said that he is “hopeful” that the streaming service will “make a great anime show” in the future. Hastings stated that his plans for Netflix in 2016 include investing $5 billion in new content, and referring to the success of their recent internationally-focused series Narcos, he said the company intends to collaborate with production companies worldwide to produce more original content.
In this video of the interview, the question that sparked these comments from Hastings is asked at around the 28:30 minute mark:
It seems that Netflix may have been building up to this move for a while, testing the waters by streaming Knights of Sidonia for a Western audience, and more recently making The Seven Deadly Sins available on their service. Netflix marked its debut in Asia on September 3rd when it launched in Japan, and the distribution connections between the two don’t show signs of slowing. Three days after Ajin – Demi-Human premieres in Japan, Netflix will air the first episode themselves, and on December 18th they also plan to begin streaming Glitter Force of the Pretty Cure (or PreCure) franchise.
Source: The Verge