Netflix's upcoming anime series, Perfect Bones, will be the first original program from the streaming service to air in 190 countries simultaneously, the company announced today. The 12-part show will be produced by anime studio Production I.G and directed by Kazuto Nakazawa, who oversaw the animated sequence for Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Vol. 1. The show will focus on a future in which scientists are experimenting on children to create superhuman beings, when something inevitably goes awry. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings hinted last year at the company's intention to invest more in diverse show formats, including anime.
"In an era where the Internet knows no bounds, we are proud to deliver high-quality original anime to fans all over the world at the exact same time, no matter where they live — whether it be Japan, France, Mexico, the US, and beyond," Erik Barmack, Netflix's vice president of international originals, said in a statement. Netflix has bought exclusive streaming rights to stream anime from Japan in the past, most notably the show Knights of Sidonia, but Perfect Bones will be the first Netflix original anime the company will have premiering on its platform.
Production I.G is best known for creating the Ghost in the Shell TV adaptation
Production I.G has some colossal names in anime under its belt, including both seasons of the Ghost in the Shell television adaptation, The End of Evangelion film from the Neon Genesis Evangelion series, and more recently the Attack on Titan TV show. Netflix has yet to announce a release date for Perfect Bones. There's also no artwork attached, so it’s unclear if we'll see it air before the end of 2016.
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