Bring on the anime! In an announcement from Netflix and Polygon Pictures today via an official press release, it has been revealed that a new and upcoming anime series, Ajin: Demi-Human, will arrive as a selection on the streaming service.
The show is based on Gamon Sakurai’s popular manga series, where a “young high-school student who is hit by a truck and dies only to discover that he is, in fact, demi-human, an “Ajin.” What he finds are dozens of others who are also Ajins; all of whom are being hunted and trying to survive.” Sounds like it has hints of Walking Dead qualities in there!
There will be 13 episodes in the series, which will premiere world-wide sometime in 2016 on Netflix. In a surprising twist, Netflix subscribers in Japan will have to wait 3 days after the original air date before being able to watch the episodes.
The press release hints as to how this is more than just Netflix acquiring a new series; it’s a cause for celebration:
“This deal marks a milestone in how Anime is distributed on a global scale giving quicker and more efficient access to great Anime titles to Netflix members and fans around the world at the same time. AJIN: Demi-Human is the latest Anime title from Polygon Pictures to premiere exclusively on Netflix outside of Japanese broadcast with Knights of Sidonia premiering last summer to strong fanfare.”
The Netflix anime lineup isn’t all that formidable as of yet, so hopefully this is just one of many anime series finding their home there!